Each year in Japan about 120,000 million plastic umbrellas are disposed of. In an effort to recycle some of that number, Nagoya has a scheme where you can pick up a plastic umbrella from a stand (below) and return it to a similar stand when you have finished with it.
The scheme began in June 2008 just before the annual rainy reason in Japan. The scheme operates around Meieki (Nagoya Station), Kanayama Station, Sakae, Shin Sakae, Imaike and Osu Kannon. A major promotor of the scheme is Nagoya city transport authority, who no doubt have to deal with 1000s of abandoned clear plastic umbrellas.
Yahoo Japan Auction Service
Book a Japanese Hotel with Bookings
Japan Job Search
Umbrellas Recycling Nagoya
Tuesday, January 26, 2010