Tokyo, Japan is one of the biggest cities in the world and produces on average 12 millions tons of waste per year and ranks third of a city producing most waste (New York, 33 million tons and Mexico city, 14 million tons, produce more).
Due to a lack of resources and space Tokyo does very well on recycling. The city has 48 incinerators, which also produce energy and claims that they are very clean and don’t pose a threat to public health. Households separate all their waste, which is collected separately on different days. There is one operating landfill, which is expected for another fifty years, there is no space for a new landfill. Waste reduction and recycling are the solution. The packaging industry needs to be regulated.