Sorting and disposal procedures for garbage and recyclables
Kitchen waste, plastic products like toys and CDs, home appliances under 50 cm in size that are made mainly of plastic (hair dryers, irons, etc.), soiled paper, diapers (flush waste down the toilet before disposal), etc.
Please dispose of burnable waste in a transparent or semitransparent bag.
Ceramic items, glass, fluorescent lamps, light bulbs, etc.
Please dispose of such items by placing them in the box they came in or wrapping them in newspaper and affixing a piece of paper stating what is inside.
Spray cans such as hair spray, insecticide, cartridge-type propane gas cylinders, etc. (Please use up the content in a safe place away from fire. You do not need to pierce holes in the can.)
Please dispose of spray cans in a transparent or semitransparent bag.
Please remove plastic caps and dispose of them as plastic containers/wrapping.
Dry cell batteries (manganese & alkaline), lithium primary batteries, coin batteries (type CR & BR)
Please dispose of dry cell batteries in a transparent or semitransparent bag.
You cannot dispose of button batteries or rechargeable batteries (secondary batteries). Please take batteries such as these to a store which collects them or to a dealer.
If you are unsure, take a friend who speaks Japanese with you to the dealer in question or the Resources and Waste Recycling Bureau Office and ask.
Items used to contain or wrap products which bear themark.
These include shampoo and detergent bottles, food trays, plastic bottles which contained oil of some kind, etc.
Please rinse out plastic containers/wrapping and dispose of them in a transparent or semitransparent bag.
Please dispose of plastic products such as CDs, toys and washbowls and tubes used in home medical care, etc. as burnable garbage.
Lighters and contamination such as food leftovers impede the recycling process, so please do not dispose of these in the same bag as plastic containers/wrapping.
Cans, glass bottles and PET bottles
Cans and glass bottles which contained food or drink
PET bottles bearing the PET mark which contained drink, alcoholic beverages, vinegar, mirin, soy sauce, dressing-type condiments (non-oil based), etc.
Please rinse out items such as these and dispose of them in a transparent or semitransparent bag.
Please dispose of bottles from cosmetics or medicines (excluding oral medicines) as non-burnable garbage.
In the case of paint cans, please ensure they are empty and dispose of them as small metal items.
Metal products under 30 cm in size, such as pots, pans and rice cooker pots (pots, pans etc. are measured on the basis of their diameter without including the handle), umbrella frames
Metal items in which the longest side is 30 cm or more should be disposed of as oversized garbage (this also applies to umbrella frames if they are taller than 30 cm).
With the exception of really small items like spoons etc., please leave these items out as is without putting them in a bag.
Newspapers, magazines and other paper, cardboard, and paper cartons such as milk cartons
Please separate newspapers, magazines, cardboard, and paper cartons into separate piles, arrange by size and tie with string.Put all other paper in a paper bag (in a transparent or semitransparent bag if you do not have one) and tie the top with string etc. to prevent the contents from spilling out.
Used clothing, handkerchiefs, towels, blankets, curtains, etc.
Please wash used cloth and clothing items and dispose of them in a transparent or semitransparent bag.
Please dispose of soiled or ripped items as burnable garbage.
Please refrain from putting out used cloth and clothing on rainy days.
Oversized garbage (charge applies, must be booked in advance)
Metal items in which the longest side is 30 cm or more, all other items in which the longest side is 50 cm or more (plastic products, wooden products, etc.).
For more details, please see the page on disposing oversized garbage.
Items which the City of Yokohama does not collect
Pamphlets and leaflets on how to sort and dispose of garbage and resources
Pamphlets are available in 6 languages, and leaflets in 10 languages. These are available at ward offices
Mio and Io's Garbage Sorting Tutorial
(How to sort and dispose of used paper and plastic containers/wrapping)
Mictionary, a dictionary telling you all you need to know about sorting and disposing of garbage and resources
This tool allows you to find out how to sort and dispose of garbage and recyclables online via a PC or smartphone.
This app allows you to find out about garbage sorting and disposal procedures.
It is available in Japanese, English and Chinese.
Where to inquire
|About garbage sorting and disposal procedures
||Resources and Waste Collection Operation Division, Household Waste Measures Department, Resources and Waste Recycling Bureau (*Inquiries in Japanese only)
||3R Promotion Division, Policy Coordination Department, Resources and Waste Recycling Bureau (*Inquiries in Japanese only)