Paper Recycling Ordinance

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In Nagoya City, newspapers, magazines, and cardboard boxes are collected for recycling by local citizen groups. The money that is generated from collecting these recyclables is a vital source of income for these groups and is used towards funding local festivals and other activities that benefit the local community.

Recently however, there has been an increase in a number of third parties removing these collected materials from collection points depriving local citizen groups of their income. To protect these local citizen groups a new City of Nagoya ordinance came in to effect on July 1, 2012 prohibiting a third party from collecting or moving newspapers, magazines, and cardboard boxes that have been deposited at a collection point.

The ordinance has 3 parts:

  1. It will be prohibited for a third party to collect or move newspapers, magazines, and cardboard boxes that have been deposited at a collection point.
  2. Anyone caught removing such items will be given a warning and will be ordered to stop (active from October 1, 2012).
  3. Anyone who ignores the warning will have their name released to the public and be subject to a fine of up to 50,000 Yen (active from October 1, 2012).

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