- LIVING IN SHIBUYA
Garbage and Recycling
Shibuya City collects garbage by type — burnable trash, non-burnable trash, and recyclable resources (garbage that can be reused). Burnable trash is collected twice a week; non-burnable trash is collected once a month; and recyclable resources are collected once a week. Please take your garbage to the designated collection site by 8 a.m. on the designated collection day (7:30 a.m. for downtown areas). Trash collection days vary according to the local community — check the signs at the collection site in your neighborhood for the schedule or ask the waste collection office, your landlord, or your neighbors.
Shibuya City Waste Collection Office
Address: 1-2-17 Shibuya
Burnable (regular) trash
Please dispose of burnable trash, such as kitchen waste and scrap paper, in a designated container or transparent or semitransparent bag so that the contents are visible.
○ Examples of combustible garbage
Kitchen scraps, scrap paper, paper diapers (please flush waste matter down the toilet), sanitary products, cooking oil (absorb oil in paper/cloth or use a solidifying agent), plastic items, rubber/leather items, clothing, etc.
Items that cannot be burned, such as metal (measuring less than 30 cm long on each side), glass and ceramics must be disposed of as nonburnable trash. Please dispose of nonburnable trash in a container or transparent or semitransparent bag so that the contents are visible.
○ Examples of non-burnable trash
Small metal items and household appliances, ceramic items measuring less than 30 cm long on each side, dry-cell batteries (please return button-type batteries to the store), glass, white light bulbs and broken fluorescent lights (wrap sharp objects such as glass, needles and knives in paper and mark them “ キケン” [dangerous]), aluminum foil, completely empty lighters, etc.
Newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, bottles, cans, plastic PET bottles, spray cans, gas cylinders and fluorescent lights are collected as recyclable resources. Please dispose of these items during collections conducted by community associations and parent-teacher associations (PTA) whenever possible.
How to handle recyclable resources
Bundle newspapers, magazines and cardboard boxes according to type and dispose of them without placing them in a bag. Remove the caps from bottles, and rinse the bottles out before disposal. Rinse cans out as well.
Remove the cap and label from plastic PET bottles, then rinse them out and crush them flat before disposal. Please note, however, that plastic bottles that contained oil, cosmetics or paint are not collected as recyclable resources. Please dispose of bottles and cans that are extremely soiled or damaged as non-burnable trash; soiled or damaged plastic PET bottles should be disposed of as burnable trash.
Please use spray cans and gas cylinders completely before disposal. Spray paint cans are not collected as recyclable resources. Use them completely and dispose of them as nonburnable trash. Separate bottles, cans, plastic PET bottles, spray cans, and gas cassettes according to type and place them in separate transparent or semitransparent bags so that the contents can be seen. Place fluorescent lights in the box they came in or wrap them in paper to prevent them from breaking, and dispose of them together.
Items that are not collected by the Waste Collection Office
① Toxic items, hazardous items and items with offensive smells (such as petroleum, photographic chemicals and car batteries)
② Automobiles, motorcycles, tires and pianos (collection company referral service available)
Large-sized trash and electric appliance recycling
Unwanted furniture with dimensions of 30 cm or more, electric household appliances (excluding the appliances specified in the Electric Appliance Recycling Law; see section below), bicycles and skis are collected for a fee as largesized trash. Since collection is conducted on an appointment basis, please call the Large-sized Waste Reception Center in advance for an appointment. You must purchase a Largesized Trash Fee Sticker at a convenience store, write your name on the sticker and attach the sticker to your garbage before disposal.
Since the garbage will be collected at the home of the applicant, do not take the large-sized trash to the collection site. For those who live in community housing such as condominium complexes, please take the large-sized garbage down to the ground floor and place it near the roadside.
Large-sized Waste Reception Center
Hours: Monday through Saturday (including public holidays), 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You can also make an appointment via the Internet:
Electric appliance recycling
Recycling is required by law for household-use air conditioners, TVs, refrigerators/freezers and washing machines/ cloth dryers, and these may not be collected as large-sized trash. To dispose of these items, please ask the original store of purchase or the store where you are buying a replacement to take care of your used appliance. Upon pickup, you must pay a transportation fee and a recycling fee. If you are having trouble finding an outlet which will take your used appliance, please call the Electric Appliance Recycling Reception Center.
Electric Appliance Recycling Reception Center
Hours: Monday through Saturday (including public holidays), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can also make an appointment via the Internet:
Recycling Personal Computers
Manufacturers collect and recycle personal computers. Please ask the service desk of the manufacturer to handle this, and pay the collection and recycling fees.
Resource Recycling Division, Recycling Promotion Section
Block associations (chonaikai), local governments (jichikai), PTAs, and other groups promote recycling by collecting newspapers, magazines, empty cans and bottles, and other recyclable items generated in the home and then have collection companies take care of these items in large lots. Shibuya supports these registered groups.
Shibuya holds a swap meet to encourage recycling of items that families no longer need at home.
Honmachi Recycle Center and Mitake Reuse Corner
Unwanted wood furniture is picked up and sold as a secondhand item. Used paper, empty cans and bottles and old clothes are also collected and recycled at the Honmachi Recycle Center.
* Only the Mitake Reuse Corner accepts furniture pickups, and the handling fee is a little less than the fee for largesized trash.
○ Honmachi Recycle Center
Address: 1-56-2 Honmachi
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, public holidays, and New Year’s period (December 29 through January 3)
○ Mitake Reuse Corner
Address: 1-2-17 Shibuya
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays
Closed: Sundays, 2nd Saturday of the month, and New Year’s period (December 29 through January 3)
To improve the quality of consumer life for city residents, the center conducts various programs such as lectures on consumer issues classes.
Address: 1-12-5 Shibuya
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Sundays, 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, public holidays and New Year’s period (December 29 through January 3)
Consumer Counseling Section
Consultation is available for any complaints or questions concerning a product you bought, or any contract problems.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
☎ 3406-7644 (for consultation only)