Take a moment and ask yourself “What is waste?”
something useless, unnecessary...etc.
But the question is who decides what waste is?
It’s YOU, ME - each of us decides what waste is?
So if we are the ones defining what is waste, WE are also the ones who can CHANGE it.
While something may be waste for you, it may be not for others.
The Zero Waste Academy provides services to change:
- the perspectives & actions of people;
- ownership and usage of things; and
- social systems,
TO TURN WASTE INTO VALUABLES.
The Zero Waste Academy provides services for people according to varying demand and levels of need.
“LEARN” Zero Waste
Do you know where the things you use every day come from, and where they go? “Out of sight, out of mind” is the key issue with waste problems. So let’s start with getting to know what is really happening – we provide services to help you learn.
Receiving visitors for the Zero Waste Introduction Tour in Kamikatsu
Sending a speaker/lecturer to give talks about Zero Waste and/or speak at conferences
Coordinating media coverage on Zero Waste stories in Kamikatsu
“ACQUIRE” Zero Waste Knowledge & Skills
For those who are willing to do more than just learn – we provide services to acquire deeper knowledge & skills for you to start acting to become zero waste. We receive participants in Kamikatsu, and also travel to your location, depending on your needs.
Conducting customized Zero Waste learning programs
A month long (or more) internship for those who would like to participate at Zero Waste Academy
We also provide various kinds of support for you to bring zero waste into practice in your own fields. We work together with a variety of partners, including municipalities, corporations, shops/small businesses, NGO/NPOs, local communities, and individuals. Please see our projects below for more detailed case studies.
Zero Waste Accreditation
We offer consulting and accreditation to businesses aspiring to achieve zero waste. In 2018, we are mainly working together with restaurants and food industries in Japan.
“Kuru-Kuru” Re-use Shop
Established in 2006 together with elementary school kids in Kamikatsu to encourage local re-use. Annually, approximately 15 tons of materials are re-used within the community. We also advise other communities in various regions to open similar re-use shops.
Kamikatsu Zero Waste Town Plan
Conducted workshops, policy analysis and research, instituted Kamikatsu’s mid-term plan on Zero Waste initiatives in 2015.
Kamikatsu Waste Collection
Since 2005, managing the town’s only waste collection center with 45 segregated categories of waste & resources. *This project has been turned over to Kamikatsu Town Office in 2018.
Collaboration with manufacturers/corporates to create new recycling
Working together with Kao Corporation and TerraCycle Japan, building a new system flow for the collection and recycling of packaging, as well as bringing recycled items back into the community where collected.
Zero Waste Audits & Training
Conducting waste audits and providing zero waste training for businesses.
Zero Waste Educational
Programs for Kids
Conducting study tours and educational programs for kids to learn about waste issues and how to make zero waste.
“Kuru-Kuru” Upcycling Craft
Since 2007, working together mainly with local women and elderly residents, upcycling discarded clothes, including Kimono(s) and carp flags.
Waste Collection for the
In Kamikatsu, visiting and collecting waste from households that face difficulty in bringing their waste to the collection center on their own. *This project has been turned over to Kamikatsu Town Office in 2018.
Zero Waste Weddings & Events
Organizing and supporting events, including weddings, to be zero waste. We offer advice about purchases, resource collection and segregation, and renting reusable cups and plates. Decorations made at the Kuru-Kuru upcycling craft center are also very popular.
Zero Waste Japan Network
Managing the online platform “Zero Waste Japan Network” for various parties in Japan to communicate, and discuss zero waste initiatives in Japan. We also support the organization of the annual gathering of the Zero Waste Declared Municipalities in Japan.
Community Research & Policy Planning
We conduct and support community research on residential awareness of waste issues and related topics, and deliver policy proposals and offer advice on the modification of existing waste management systems.
For further information inquiry on Zero Waste initiatives in Kamikatsu, please first download
& read through our infobook before emailing us
*We are not currently accepting any volunteers
*We only accept interns who can stay with us more than 1 month – if you are applying for an internship,
please send us your CV together with your preferred participation period