Our affluent and convenient society has been depending on mass production and mass consumption. On the other hand, we have also triggered environmental problems on a global scale, by squandering our natural resources and depleting of our precious natural environment.
In recent years, awareness of waste issues has increased among residents and companies in Tokyo, and progress has been made in terms of recycling initiatives. However, considerable volumes of waste plastics, construction sludge, and more continue to be sent to landfills without being effectively utilized. There seems to be no end to the illegal dumping of construction waste. In addition, the safe and secure disposal of hazardous wastes is also necessary.
In order to resolve these issues and pursue initiatives with a view to take the lead towards the sound material-cycle society, in September 2006 TMG formulated the Tokyo Metropolitan Waste Management Plan (from FY 2006 to FY 2010), which outlined six targets to make a change towards the sustainable material-cycle society. Furthermore, the Tokyo Metropolitan Environmental Master Plan was newly formulated in March 2008 with the aim of realizing an advanced environmental city with the lowest environmental load in the world. We aim to build a sustainable society by steadily implementing the programs set forth in these plans.