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Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
The eternal trash issue: while known for its cleanliness, Japan is also notorious for its absence of rubbish bins. With the increasing number of tourists, the amount of rubbish thrown away is also increasing. Now, several cities have introduced intelligent waste containers.


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Japan is trying to solve the problem of garbage left by tourists by using smart trash cans that can sort and compress waste. Equipped with sensors, cameras, and artificial intelligence that can identify the type of garbage and separate it into recyclable and non-recyclable categories, the rubbish bins reduce the volume of waste by up to 80% by crushing it. They are being tested in several tourist spots in Japan, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Okinawa. They are also planned to be installed in other areas that attract many visitors, such as Hokkaido , Nagano , and Hiroshima. The goal is to have 10,000 smart trash cans across Japan by 2025.

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