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Okaeri Yasai Part 1
Recycle bus tour

Okaeri Yasai Part 2
Vegetables reborn

Okaeri Yasai Part 3
Recycling more vegetables

Okaeri Yasai


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Published in Coop Aichi food recycle magazine on 19 June 2012

Achieved increased volume reduction recycle rate in comparison to 2010.

From 13 stores in the Owari area, we collected such things as vegetables, fruit waste, fish scraps, and waste side dishes from the burnable waste thrown out by stores. This is taken to Bio Plaza Nagoya, dried and then used as material for fertilizer. Some of the fertilizer we make is used by farmers in Nagoya City, and harvested produce is supplied to Odaka interchange store.
The entire recycle rate for Coop Aichi is 67.7%, which 16.9% more than the previous year. We achieved a discharge amount reduction of 44 tons also from the point of reduction centered on the 3R issues (controlling the creation of garbage).

Company comments

We believe our environment activities are useful and give much joy to all areas of Coop Aichi.
We will continue to create a better environment with everyone using food waste recycling as the start to reducing everyone’s garbage amount.

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Published in Chunichi newspaper on May 10, 2012

Raw garbage→Compost→“Okaeri Yasai” vegetables–Plant visits for housewives-

Vegetables are grown using compost from waste garbage thrown out from establishments in Nagoya City. A visiting bus tour for the “Okaeri Yasai Project” where people can eat the vegetables at the original establishments, is available in both Nagoya City and Obu City on the 9th of the month. This is part of a course from the “Nagoya Open University of the Environment” in Nagoya City. This was started in 2008 to reduce the volume of raw garbage and promote local production for local consumption. Raw garbage collected from such as hotels and schools in Nagoya City is made into compost by traders in the city. The compost is then used by farmers within and outside the city to grow vegetables, which are then used as “Okaeri Yasai” in such as elementary school lunches in the city.
17 housewives from the city participated in the tour.
At hotels in Nagoya City, they looked at how garbage was divided in the kitchens. For lunch, they tasted “Okaeri Yasai” foods such as grapefruit from Mihama Town and Mizuna (Japanese mustard) from Kakamigahara City in Gifu Prefecture.

Company comments

Resource recycling is busy in all aspects of the “Okaeri Yasai “ project, starting with school lunch. Our awareness of recycling will provide large results in the end.
From now on, we will continue to contribute to an environment that brings rebirth to food.

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Published in recycling economics newspaper on May 7, 2012

Project B (Biomass)
Providing all nations with a composting system – Aiming for “zero” raw garbage –

KUMASEI has developed “Bio Plaza Okishin” facilities for composting 108 tons per day of processing capacity in Kumamoto City, and “Bio Plaza Nagoya”, which processes 215 tons per day in Nagoya City. We are expanding the fertilizer business of raw garbage created from such places as supermarkets and restaurants.
When a location requires this system, whether it is domestic or overseas, we intend to move forward in implementing it.
First, we will eliminate raw garbage from Kumamoto City and Nagoya City. Then, we will aim for the entire country.

Company comments

A feature was run on our “food waste recycling” environment business.
We will continue to proactively propose our system, which overcomes the three major issues of separation, deodorizing and securing a market for converting raw garbage into fertilizer, both domestically and overseas.

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Published in Kumanichi newspaper on 30 April 2012

Composting with cardboard and complete using of food

Raw garbage accounts for almost half the volume of burnable garbage.
I heard opinions and practices to reduce the volume of raw garbage at various sites.
Chieko Miyakita, a member of the residents group “No more garbage team”, has made a cardboard compost heap near her apartment. It is well known that mixing in peat moss and charcoaled rice husks is good for soil. However, peat moss is an imported material. For those people who want to use a product made in Japan, bamboo powder produced in Taragi Town is available.
Ms. Miyakita said “I think we should split the collection for raw garbage in the city, and create resources from it. However, we cannot just depend on the government to do this but I think there must be some kind of beneficial scheme citizens who work hard to put into effect .” The city is popularizing cardboard composting. However, for city dwellers who do not have a garden or live in a housing complex it is difficult to use it after decomposition. Ryota Shinohara, professor for environmentally friendly studies at the prefectural university, proposed the implementation of a model for collecting cardboard compost and items processed with a raw garbage processing machine, and making them into compost.
He pointed out that “residents should not think of waste as garbage, but it is necessary to consider it as a resource”

Company comments

“Incineration treatment is so wasteful, raw garbage is a resource”. Previously, we supported “raw garbage recycling” as a part of a model business.
As a result, we continue to strive each day to make everyone understand the “importance of resources” through our business.

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Published in Kumanichi newspaper on April 30, 2012

Kumamoto City Aiming for 450 grams per day per person in 2008 – The measure is the key for “raw garbage” –

After two and a half years since charges were placed on family garbage collection in Kumamoto City, and one and a half years after starting separate collections for plastic containers and packaging, the amount of garbage thrown out by families has reduced.
In particular, the amount of incineration treated items out of the volume of garbage thrown out by families has greatly reduced from 140 thousand tons approximately in 2008 before charges were introduced to 117 thousand tons in 2010 after charges were established.
However, plastic containers are lightweight even when in bulk, and account for around 5% of all garbage. “Raw garbage” volume, which accounts for around 50% of the weight of burnable garbage, must be further reduced, and this is the key to reducing garbage in the future.

Company comments

Our business is helpful for “raw garbage recycling”, which is something contemplated by every resident.
We want to reduce incinerated garbage and protect the environment for every resident of Kumamoto City.

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Published in the Japan Economic (Nikkei) newspaper on April 19, 2012

Seven and I – First directly managed farm in Chubu –

Seven and I Holdings officially announced on the 18th that they have opened “Seven Farm Tokai” in Hekinan City in Aichi Prefecture, which is the first directly managed farm in Chubu.
Yoshinobu Emoto, Director of Seven Farm, an agriculture subsidiary of Seven and I, on the same day, stated that “Using existing cultivated land and curbing initial costs, we can also decrease distribution costs in comparison to distribution costs via wholesale markets and agricultural cooperatives” during his appeal for high profitability.
He said that they are investigating the addition of two installations in the Kanto region.

Company comments

Organic fertilizer recycled by us is created with the basic premise that it can be used for agricultural products that can be safely eaten by everyone.
From now on, we will recycle food waste and deliver a safe and secure product to your area.

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Published in Chunichi newspaper on April 19, 2012

Hekinan, Yokado recycling agriculture company – Grows and sells vegetables using compost from raw garbage –

Initiatives to explore the activation of agriculture while moving forward with food waste recycling.
Ito Yokado group companies, four farmers of Nobumitsu Morita from Hekinan City, and the wholesale company Nagoya Kanei Seika (Aichi Prefecture, Toyoyama Town) have created a joint investment.
Raw garbage is collected from three Ito Yokado stores in Anjo, Owariasahi, and Chita, it is then entrusted to traders in the Nagoya City area and converted to compost. Two hectares of farm land in Hekinan City is used for cultivation carrots, onions etc.
The food recycling laws set a goal of reaching 45% for the recycle rate of such as raw garbage from retail stores in 2012, and Ito Yokado reached 38% at the two month point. Yoshinobu Emoto, the President of the agriculture subsidiary, said that he wants to contribute to the region by recycling waste together with the farmers.

Company comments

We would like to help to ensure the creation of a recycling-oriented society, which is something that everyone is thinking about. We would also like to contribute to the region by creating a ”recycling-oriented society”. Thank you for your kind understanding about waste food recycling.

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Published in recycling economics newspaper on April 9, 2012

Market expansion of recycled compost – Awareness also raised by loop construction –

KUMASEI (President Koshiro Murahira, Kumamoto City) has launched a market expansion of compost manufactured at a facility that creates compost from waste food at Bio Plaza Nagoya (Nagoya City, Tel: 052-614-0539). By securing as many sales contacts as possible, we can avoid risks caused by overestimation. In particular, putting all our effort into creating a food recycle loop with creators of food waste , our policy is to bring awareness to residents and the government.
Currently at the facility, we are processing around 100 tons of waste food each day centered on general waste from business activities such as city stores and restaurants. 20 to 30 tons of the manufactured fertilizer is supplied to JA and neighboring farmers, while around half is exported to China and Korea. Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Taiwan are currently in negotiations.
President Murahira said that his goals were to ultimately eliminate raw garbage in Japan, and as a cornerstone to achieving this, that he would put his full effort into creating a loop, while promoting awareness to residents and related parties. In the future, to effectively use household garbage, he wants to propose to local government at home and abroad, a composting system as a replacement for the current incineration treatment.

Company comments

We will combine our corporate efforts and continue to push forward so that we can help in the recycle of raw garbage without incinerating it, by spreading the word of our business at home and abroad.
From now, we will continue to contribute to an environment that gives new life to food.

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Published in Life and Environment in April 2011

“OKAERI YASAI Project” – Recycling raw garbage created in Nagoya City with cooperation from residents –

A written article on Mr. Okamoto, Okaeri Yasai project leader, was published in Life and Environment. A feature about initiatives in the region that aim for a sustainable society.

Company comments

As a member of this project, I am extremely glad it has been taken up in this way. Due to our actions we are able to build a sustainable society, and would ask that it spread from Nagoya to the whole of Japan, and then to the world.

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Published in Chunichi newspaper on December 11, 2010

Okaeri Yasai – Towards a recycling society in Nagoya –

Three years have passed since starting the Okaeri Yasai project, which makes vegetables at municipal and suburban farms using compost made from raw garbage disposed by supermarkets, restaurants and schools in the city. The vegetables have gained a steady penetration into such as being used in school lunches.

Company comments

We have been allowed to participate in this project, and are proud that our company is playing a part in a recycling society.
We will combine our corporate effort and continue to work hard to build Okaeri Yasai as a local brand for the environment business.

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Published in Shioji elementary school PTA newsletter on November 30, 2010

Raw garbage such as school lunch scraps being made into resources – Shioji elementary school –

Okaeri Yasai was introduced in the Shioji elementary school PTA newsletter.
Shioji elementary school started to take raw garbage such as school lunch scraps and make them into resources.

Okaeri Yasai project homepage
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Company comments

Aiming to achieve a “recycling society” in Nagoya City, residents, NPO and businesses are cooperating to develop this activity.
Shioji elementary school is participating in recycling raw garbage and contributing “ecologically” to local production for local consumption.

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Published in Kumamoto daily morning newspaper on November 10, 2010

Prefectural environmental technology to the world – Exhibition at APEC venue –

During the APEC summit meeting held from the 13th to 14th, a booth was set up to introduce the latest environmental technology from Japan, both the prefectural Big Bio (Kumamoto City) and Kumamoto Seisosha (also from Kumamoto City) exhibited water purification blocks and compost created from raw garbage. Environmental technology from Kumamoto was shown to the participating nations.
JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) stated that both have extremely promising one of a kind technology and that they want to appeal for their use to officials from each nation. Both companies responded enthusiastically stating that they want to use these exhibitions as opportunities to expand business overseas.

Company comments

Our company was introduced at the APEC summit.
We want to spread the environmental loop to the world and contribute to a “building better environment “ for the regions where we live.

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Published in Kumamoto daily morning newspaper on June 19, 2010

Compost manufactured from raw garbage, exports increasing – also being exported to China and Korea –

Kumamoto Seisosha, which collects and transports garbage (Kumamoto City, President Yoshinobu Murahira) is expanding their exports to Asia, ther compost manufactured from collected raw garbage.
Following China, they started exports to Korea from July. They are also investigating exporting to Malaysia and Thailand. (Omitted) It was also said that raw garbage processing will probably become a problem due to the economic growth in Asia.

With the development of recycling societies in mind, thought is being given to compost production and technology transfer overseas.

Company comments

The spread of organics is steadily expanding in the Asia region. A common global theme is to cultivate agricultural products without depending on chemical fertilizers. We will work to achieve “the things we can do” step by step together with everyone.

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Published in Kumamoto daily morning newspaper on December 26, 2009

Rupo Garbage site – Kumamoto City business establishment garbage reduction measures –

Kumamoto household garbage as well as burnable garbage and land fill garbage, thrown out by business establishments, was in total 269,129 tons (2008). Out of this , garbage from business establishments amount to around 40% or 107,059 tons. (Omitted) Private companies are used to collect this garbage from business establishments. The work is mostly done late at night or early in the morning after stores close. Kumamoto Seisosha (Ikenoue-machi), which is one of the major companies in the prefecture, runs about 15 trucks each night. Yoshinori Yamamoto (47) departs at 12.30 after midnight on Saturday in mid-November. He is in charge of around 350 locations for raw garbage. He moves between locations such as restaurants, convenience stores, factories and hospitals within minutes and loads up the wagon. After arriving at the garbage dump, Mr. Yoshida puts all his effort into quickly getting back on the road. This is because unless he finishes around 8 am, the crows will start to rummage through the garbage and the number of cars on the road will increase. “This type of business is a battle”. Says Mr. Yoshida as sweat beads on his brow.
(Omitted) Yoshinobu Murahira (61), President of Kumamoto Seisosha says “We are in a vulnerable position. I would like firm guidance by the people to their local governments”.

Company comments

We do not waste even a little of the raw garbage. Raw garbage entrusted to us by everyone is being soundly recycled.
I hope that the activities of this company are of some help towards the measures for reducing garbage throughout Japan.

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Published in the Chunichi newspaper on December 14, 2009

A blessing – Nagoya City – So sweet “Okaeri Yasai”

【Town of circles 1】
Do you know my name?
My true name is Broccoli but I have the nickname of Okaeri Yasai.
Last year, I was composted from raw garbage thrown out of schools and supermarkets, raised in a field in Odaka-cho Midori ward, and then returned to the supermarket.
People who stood up to protect the environment, I am the fruit of their knowledge.
Tomoko Okayama, who is in charge, always says “There are children who do not know how vegetables are grown. It is important to see the loop of resource recycling”. Then Koshiro Murahira, who makes compost from microbes came to help us all the way from Kumamoto. “Garbage is a resource. If we burn it and bury it, it becomes a terrible waste”. They have also been invited to build a factory overseas. Mr. Seichi Araki is a pioneer of broccoli farming in Nagoya. “They are quite heavy and sweet. Chemical fertilizer use has ended so we can eat these without any worry.”
Everyone who looks at me sees how wonderful I am.

Company comments

The debut of Okaeri Yasai, allowed to be reborn on your dining table. In both Kumamoto and Nagoya, it has a reputation as being very tasty.
This is not the age of incinerating our raw garbage. With everyone’ knowledge and effort, this is reborn as compost which is the source of tasty vegetables.

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Published in Shopper (west are version) on October 29, 2009

Street Top Let’s Start! Recycle lifestyle

〈Changing raw garbage into compost for Okaeri Yasai〉
【Recycled eco-friendly vegetables that are gentle to the environment】
Out of the raw garbage produced in Nagoya City, much of it is raw garbage. From last year, the “Okaeri Yasai Project” has been working to recycle this raw garbage from some of the supermarkets and hotels within Nagoya City. This same project, converts raw garbage, thrown out by shops and hotels, into compost, farmers then use this compost to cultivate vegetables, and then the vegetables are sold and cooked at the shops and hotels.
“Many more farmers are participating, and the range in which Okaeri Yasai is being used is increasing such as in school lunches”.
(Remainder omitted)

Company comments

We are entrusted with and take care of the raw garbage thrown out each day and recycle it.
From now, we will continue to push forward to achieve as close to as possible a Recycle Lifestyle with everyone from the “Okaeri Yasai Project”.
Also, the vegetables that are carefully and lovingly cultivated by all the farmers are eco-vegetables that are good to the environment and the body.

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