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Garbage and Recycling

The collection of garbage and recyclable items is categorized as follows.  Please read the explanation for each type of item for a description and disposal procedures.

Type of Garbage   Collection Schedule, etc.
Combustible Garbage   Twice a week (Use designated garbage bags;fees are charged)
Non-combustible Garbage   Twice a month (Use designated garbage bags;fees are charged)
Plastic Items   Once a week
Hazardous Garbage   Collected on the same day as Plastic Items
Plastic PET Bottles   Twice a month
Empty Bottles and Cans   Twice a month
Old Paper (includes miscellaneous paper) and Old Clothes   Once a week
Bulky Garbage/Excessive Garbage   A fee is charged;reservations required
* You can buy designated garbage bags at a convenience store or supermarket in the city.

Please observe the following rules when disposing of garbage
Observe the Designated Collection Day and Time
 Please dispose of garbage by 8:00 a.m. on the collection day (by 11:30 p.m. for combustible garbage collection in Shimorenjaku 3-chome and Kamirenjaku 2-chome). Do not take your garbage out after the collection truck has completed collection or on days other than the collection day.
Separate Your Garbage before Disposal
 If collection day for non-combustible garbage is the same as for plastic PET bottles, plastic items, hazardous garbage and old paper/clothes, please separate the items according to type and leave some space in between the different types of garbage.
Keep to the Designated Garbage Collection Site
 Take your garbage and recyclable resources to the street in front of your home. For group housing, such as apartments and condominiums, please take your garbage out to the designated collection station.

“Mitaka City Garbage Services” Brochure—How to Dispose of Garbage

Our “Mitaka City Garbage Services” brochure includes instructions for disposing of garbage and the garbage collection schedule for each community. The pamphlet is in four languages: English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese with furigana. If you would like a copy, you can pick one up free of charge at the Garbage Management Section (Mitaka Municipal Office Bldg. 2, 2F), Civil Affairs Section (Mitaka Municipal Office 1F), municipal office branches, or Mitaka International Society for HOsPitality (MISHOP). The brochure can also be downloaded from the Mitaka City website in PDF format.

Combustible Garbage (Twice a week)

Collection Using Designated Garbage Bags (fees are charged)

  • Kitchen scraps (please drain well), clam shells, desiccants, cold insulation agent, plasters/compresses, disposable pocket warmers, toilet sheets/sand for pets (remove waste before disposal), rubber items, fur/leather items
  • Dirty plastic items
  • Nonrecyclable paper
  • Nonrecyclable cloth
  • Wooden boards (80 cm long × 30 cm wide × 3 cm thick or less)

Items You Can Dispose of Free of Charge

  • Disposable diapers (excluding those for pets): Remove waste before disposal
  • Pruned branches (80 cm long and 8 cm thick or less): Tie with string in bundles with a diameter of 50 cm or less
  • Fallen leaves/mown grass/weeds

Non-Combustible Garbage (Twice a month)

Collection Using Designated Garbage Bags (fees are charged)

  • Glass items, ceramic items, light bulbs, and metal items (such as aluminum foil and pots)
  • Small electric appliances (measuring less than 30 cm on any side)
  • Items not categorized as plastic items: Umbrellas (including vinyl umbrellas), toys, videotapes, cassette tapes

Plastic Items (Once a week)

Hard and soft plastic products, items with the identifying plastic mark, styrofoam such as styrofoam trays, PET bottle caps, egg cartons, plastic bags, “regi” bags, plastic film, food wrap, etc.
However, please dispose of the following five items with non-combustible garbage:
Vinyl umbrellas, laundry drying hangers (those not made of plastic), toys, buckets and video/cassette-tapes.

Please dispose of dirty plastic as combustible garbage.

Hazardous Garbage (Collected at the same time as Plastic Items)

Spray cans, aerosol cans, gas cassettes, disposable lighters.
Make sure items are completely empty.
Place items in a bag and label it “有害ごみ (Hazardous Garbage).”

Fluorescent lights, dry-cell batteries, thermometers.
Place items in an empty box and label it “有害ごみ (Hazardous Garbage).”
Please separate hazardous garbage such as fluorescent lights, dry-cell batteries from spray cans, aerosol cans, etc. according to type.

Plastic PET Bottles (Twice a month)

Plastic PET bottles for beverages, soy sauce and sake (with the identifying PET mark).
Remove the cap, rinse the inside and dispose of the item with plastic items.
Remove the label.
Crush lightly as necessary.
Dispose of these items in a container that can be opened by hand, or in a transparent/semi-transparent bag.
Think of ways to prevent items from blowing away with the wind.

Empty Bottles and Cans (Twice a month)

Bottles and cans for food and beverages.
Please be sure to remove the caps.
Aluminum cans, steel cans, aluminum/steel caps/lids, beverage/food cans, cans for seaweed, tea, confection, etc.
Items that are not applicable include glass bottles for medicine or cosmetics (bottles for health drinks are permitted), ceramic items, milky-white glass bottles, heat-resistant glass, oil cans, etc. Please dispose of these items with non-combustible garbage. (Please dispose of spray cans, aerosol cans, gas cassettes as hazardous garbage on the same day as collection of plastic items.)
Please make sure bottles and cans are completely empty; rinse them out and place them together in a container, such as a bucket or basket, or in a transparent/semitransparent bag for disposal. If there is an orange container at the collection site (such as for apartments, condominiums, and cul-de-sacs), please place them in it. In this case, do not put these items in bags.

Old Paper and Old Clothes (Once a week)

Newspapers (includes fliers), magazines, corrugated cardboard (remove adhesive tape and attachments)
Separate items according to type and bundle with string in a criss-cross fashion.
Miscellaneous paper (postcards, posters, wrapping paper, cardboard, business cards, memos, etc.)
Place items in a paper bag or bundle with string securely.
*Small amounts may be sandwiched in between magazine pages.

Wearable clothes, underwear, blankets, sheets, towel-kets and clean curtains.
Place items in a bag and label it “古着(Old Clothes).”
Do not dispose of old clothes if it is raining or looks like it is going to rain.
Please dispose of soiled or torn items on the collection day for combustible garbage in a city-designated garbage bag (fees are charged).

Bulky Garbage/Excessive Garbage (A fee is charged; reservations required)

Bulky Garbage Reception Center
Tel: 03-5715-1212 (Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; closed during the year-end/New Year holidays)
URL: https://www2.sodai-web.jp/mitaka/ (available on a 24-hour basis)

Bulky garbage refers to household appliances that measure 30 cm or longer on any side, or other items that measure 40 cm or longer on any side. *“Any side” means the longest measurement that can be taken of the item.
Excessive garbage refers to four garbage bags (45 liters each) or more at one time, or four bundles or more of tree branches or old paper.
Be sure to make a reservation by telephone or via the Internet. Items other than those for which a reservation was made will not be collected even if they are placed in the designated location.
Since a certain number of points (price) are designated for each item, you will be notified of the number of points when making your reservation. The handling fee is charged according to the total number of points (¥1,000 for up to ten points; ¥500 for each additional five points). Purchase the necessary amount of bulky garbage handling fee coupons (stickers; ¥1,000 coupons and ¥1,500 coupons) at any supermarket or convenience store in the city with a sign that says “Bulky Garbage Handling Fee Coupon Agent,” and attach them to the items designated by the Bulky Garbage Reception Center. Please also attach a slip of paper with the collection date and reception number written on it on all your items.
Please separate combustible garbage from non-combustible garbage.
TVs, refrigerators/freezers, laundry machines, air conditioners, personal computers, motorcycles, etc. are not collected.

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