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February 28, 2006


Do you know what this is ?


This is the photo of the piles of the chip from Christmas trees.

The official of Fresh Kills explained to me, " We Americans consume many trees in Holiday season. After that, we have to handle trees. Many years ago, we just dumped them as garbage. However, today, we already know dumping is challenging to environment, and nature. So we now are promoting the recycling. This is the good example. We made many chips of Christmas trees, and ferment them and convert them to compost. We NYC Department of Sanitation give this compost away to citizens. Every New Yorker feels so happy to get this. This compost has high quality. It makes next generation of trees good one. No waste, no loss. "

This recycling is based on their cultural life, and religion. This was also so impressive experience to me.
It is difficult for us to imagine in Japan.

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February 27, 2006


I have an experience to work at waste collection office as deputy director in tokyo about 10 years ago.

It was very exciting one for me. Everything was impressive. I had worked with many associates to protect the environment of Tokyo Metropolis. We also collaborated with many residents, citizens. If it were not for their endeavor, we coundn't have suceeded.

Not only the collection of waste, but also we were in charge of many tasks. Especially recycling was big one. Every quater several staff repaired bikes, and hold lottery to give them away to residents.

After these works, I was transferred to NYC office.

During the assignment in New York, I visited Fresh Kills Landfills twice.

At that time, Fresh Kills was going to the last stage as landfill land.


I discussed many themes about the big city's sanitation, landfill with NYC sanitation official, and workers at the landfilling site more than one hour.

I told them, " I am so excited with this smell ! "

They smiled at me and recognized me as the partner. I was so happy then.

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