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Solid Waste management & Recycling technologies in Kitakyushu



Historically, waste management systems focused on collection and disposal waste to protect

the health of city inhabitants and to improve the aesthetic appearance of territories. 19th century,

as cities grew and industrialized, more waste was produced and its composition changed dramatically.

Environmental protection and conservation started to receive increasing attention, and by the 20th

century waste was increasingly viewed also as a resource to recover materials and energy.

In the more economically developed countries, waste management gradually evolved from a focus

on disposal to a focus on prevention, recycling, and recovery.


Now, 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.



Solid waste management in Kitakyushu-city

Comprehensive solid waste management system can be learned from waste collecting procedure

at household to the final stage of waste treatment such as incineration, landfill and recycling.  


Visitor Center


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.

Environmental Museum

The museum has Environmental learning function, Environmental information function and

Environmental activity function. The Environmental improvement history of Kitakyushu, Global

warming and other various environmental issues can be learned.


Waste Collecting and separating facilities

・Hiagari can and bottle recycling Center

・Honjo can and bottle recycling Center

・Hiagari bulky garbage recycling Center



Recycling facilities


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.

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.

Other facilities

・Plastic material recycling

・Office equipment recycling

・Automobile recycling

・Home Appliance recycling

・Fluorescent tube recycling

・Medical instrument recycling

・Mixed construction waste recycling

・Comprehensive nonferrous metal recycling

・PCB-polluted soil purification project

・Cooking oil recycling

・Can recycling



Final treatment facilities


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. 

Other facilities

・Kogasaki Incineration Furnace

・Hibikinada Landfill area



Other facilities related to Recycling and Waste management


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.



Hiagari Sewage water treatment plant 

The sewage come through the sewer pipe is purified in the plant and flow into the sea.  There is an

also new technology plant which the electricity is generated using the sludge from sewage. At the

Visitor Center established in 2015, sewage treatment process and technologies can be learned.


Water Plaza 

The Plant making fresh water from sea water and sewage water established in 2011.
The desalination process and technology can be leared.


Nippon Steel  / Yawata Works

Japan’s first modern steel making company established in Kitakyushu in 1901.  Now, becoming

the best steel maker with World-leading capabiities.  Process of steel making can be learned to

visit Blast Furnace and Hot rolling mill plants.


Hibikinada Biotope

Japan’s largest Biotope, the Pradise of creatures made over the year in the waste disposal site.   

237 kind of birds including circus spinouts listed on the Japan’s endangered species and 284 kind

of vegetation have been confirmed in the Biotope of 41 hectares.



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