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Solid waste management & Recycling technologies tour in Kitakyushu


Japan is a global leader in the development and application of environmental policy in the

waste sector and Kitakyushu-city is the advanced city of solid waste management in Japan.

In Kitaykushu-city, the comprehensive Solid waste management system and Recycling

technologies can be learned from waste collecting procedure at household to the final stage

of waste treatment such as incineration, landfill and recycling. 



Tour conditions 

The tour is the tailor-made study tour exclusively for your group

What to learn

  Comprehensive Solid waste management system and Recycling technologies

Number of perticipant : from 5 to 40

Tour duration : 2 days ( one-day tour can be arranged if required ) 

Study tour planning and arrangement :

Tour guide and interpreter (English ) : Japan KYUSHU Tourist

Transportation : a chartered vehicle





Day 1

8:30 leave hotel in Kitakyushu

Eco town Center

Hiagari Recycling Center for waste cans and bottles


Plastic PET Bottle recycling

Citizen community Center

17:30 arrive Hotel in Kitakyushu


Day 2

8:30 leave hotel in Kitakyushu

Waste paper recycling 

Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio 

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace


Melting furnace

Sightseeing Mojiko Retro

17:30 arrive Hotel in Kitakyushu



Where to visit and what to learn


Day 1


Eco Town Center

Eco Project information center that supports the Eco-town.  It introduces initiatives and activities

implemented in Eco-town to encourage people to proactively used the facility for such activities

as environmental study sessions and interaction amongst visitors.



Hiagari Recycling Center for waste cans and bottles

The Recycling Center where separates cans, bottles and PET bottles collected in

Kitakyushu-city for recycling. And also paper containers and Styrofoam food packs are

separated at this facility.




Plastic PET Bottle recycling / Nishi-Nippon PET Recycling

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are sorted by municipalities and recycled into

pellets and flakes, which can be used as raw materials for polyester fibers and egg cartons.



Citizen community Center 

Introduce the Duties of Citizen and Self-government organization for recycling & waste management.



Day 2


Waste paper recycling / Kyushu Seishi 

Refined waste papers is recycled into toilet papers. Sludge generated during the toilet

paper production process is used to produce a foaming inhibitor used by steel works.



Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio

Museum of Industrial Technology, in April 2007, based on this theme of “innovation,

” the Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery & Studio (KIGS) opened in Yahata, Higashida, 

where Japan’s mordern steel industry operation was started. 


Museum Building

World Heritage,

Meiji Japan’s Industry Revolution

Introducing Industry innovation

history of Japan


The birth place where Japan’s steel industry began in 1901
It contributed greatly to the development of the Japanese steel industry and was used until 1972,
and has been preserved just as it was. The big signboard at the top of the Blast Furnace displaying  
1901” indicates the year in which the Blast Furnace commenced operation.

Equipment and tools which were actually used are exhibited in the square, and you can see

the iron-making process from the raw material ore and coketo production of pig iron.


  Name Plate indicated

  blow-in year

         Blast Furnace proper 

 Hot Stove and Stack


Melting Furnace  / Sin-Moji Plant 

The collected waste including metals is melted at over 1,700 degree Celsius in the Melting

Furnace and then the melted slag and metals are discharged.

The slag is used as raw materials for pavement and bricks and the metals are re-used for

other steel products. The process and technology of the Melting Furnace can be learned. 



Mojiko Retro

The exotic district, developed as International trading Port where the most famous tourist destination

in Kitakyushu-city.

Dr. Albert Einstein awarded Nobel Prize in Physic visited Moji in 1922, and he acclaimed that

everything could see were ARTS.




The oprions

The following Other facilities related to Recycling and Waste management can be included

as option.


Fukuoka Hydrogen Station

World’s first hydrogen station for vehicle to utilize the wastewater treated in the

Fukuoka Chubu Sewage Treatment Center.

The process has been developed as a result of the verification testing of technology

for hydrogen creation sourced from wastewater biogas.



Oki Recycling Center Kururun

The biomass recycling facility that started operations in November 2006.It takes kitchen waste

from the town’s households and restaurants, along with septic tank sludge and raw sewage,

and uses a methane fermentation process to turn it into a biomass that can be used for power

generation. After the fermentation, the digestive fluids are used as liquid fertilizer. Furthermore,

Oki Town was the second in the country to make a zero-waste declaration, which it officially

announced in March 2008 with its Oki Town Mottainai Declaration.



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