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Okinawa prefecture asks U.S. military to properly sort and store garbage at bases

  • November 28, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times wrote that concerning the Okinawa prefectural government’s revocation of a permit for a local waste disposal company that has resulted in a halt to garbage collection at U.S. bases on Okinawa, U.S. military authorities told the prefectural government on Monday that the bases will temporarily store the garbage. The waste disposal company in question has handled almost 60% of the garbage produced at U.S. military facilities in Okinawa. The prefecture urged the U.S. military to abide by Japan’s Wastes Disposal and Public Cleansing Act in storing the garbage and told the U.S. side that it may be possible for local municipalities to accept garbage from U.S. bases for disposal if the bases sort their garbage properly. According to the paper, combustible and non-combustible trash is not separated at U.S. facilities because domestic laws do not apply to SOFA personnel.


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