Education as a Key to Sustainable Waste Management: The Toyama City Model

Year of Publication

2021

Recognizing the importance of strong community ties and the involvement of citizens in waste management, Toyama City has promoted a holistic approach to innovation in the waste sector that brings along its people. Focused on involving stakeholders from school children to local businesses, the city demonstrates how there is no one silver bullet to resilient waste management, but instead requires an integrated plan and vision that bridges sectors.

Source:

Urban Ocean

Author(s):

Dr Joseph Runzo

Geography:

Japan

Type:

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Policy

Recognizing the importance of strong community ties and the involvement of citizens in waste management, Toyama City has promoted a holistic approach to innovation in the waste sector that brings along its people. Focused on involving stakeholders from school children to local businesses, the city demonstrates how there is no one silver bullet to resilient waste management, but instead requires an integrated plan and vision that bridges sectors. This case study describes its challenges and opportunities, using different examples that demonstrate how to create co-benefits from waste banks. This case study has been developed as part of Urban Ocean, one of Resilient Cities Network’s multi-city programs, co-designed and delivered with our partners Ocean Conservancy and The Circulate Initiative. Urban Ocean supports cities in assessing their risks and vulnerabilities as well as gaps in their waste management systems that lead to plastic leakage into the environment and the ocean. It helps cities to identify actions, design better projects and innovative solutions, leverage partnerships, and finally connects cities and their projects to potential funding sources.