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Update:November 8, 2017

Waste disposal

Rules for disposing of waste

  • Charged waste must be placed in the designated disposal bags while free-of-charge waste should be placed in transparent or semitransparent bags.
  • Bags must be put out before 8:30 a.m. at the gomi station (collection point) on designated collection days, which vary by district.
  • Verify with the Sapporo City Call Center (http://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/information/citizen-contact-center.html) or the Sapporo Wase Segregation App regarding the designated collection days if unsure.
  • Contact the cleaning office in charge of your ward to verify the location of the gomi station (collection point) for your area.

Waste collected regularly at collection points

  • Charged Burnable waste (moyaseru gomi)
    Food waste, plastic products, dirty paper, cloths, cloth, leather, rubber & vinyl, and wood & wooden products are included in burnable waste, which is collected twice a week.

  • Charged Non-burnable waste (moyasenai gomi)
    Domestic appliances, metal products, brick blocks, glass, ceramics, flourescent tubes etc., which are collected once every 4 weeks.
    * Glass and ceramics and knives must be wrapped in thick paper and placed in a designated disposal bag separate from other non-burnable waste. The bag must be marked “キケン” (dangerous).

  • Pressurized spray cans, Gas cartridge
    After using up the product, place the containers in a clear or semi-clear bag and dispose on the same day as the “Non-burnable waste.” Do not dispose in the designated bags for charged waste. Do not pucture the containers.

  • Lighters
    After using up the product, place the liin a clear or semi-clear bag and dispose on the same day as the “Non-burnable waste.”

  • Dry batteries
    Place the used batteries in a clear or semi-clear bag and dispose on the same day as the “Non-burnable waste.” Do not dispose in the designated bags for charged waste.

  • Bottles, cans, and PET bottles
    Take them to the collection sites after you drain the product and rinse the content with water. Collection days are once a week.

  • Plastic containers and packaging
    This category includes packaging, disposable cups and bowls, plastic bottles, plastic trays, plastic bags and kitchen wrap, plastic lids, labels, nets, tubes, cushioning material, polystyrene foam packaging material, etc. Discard the remains inside and rinse the containers with water before disposing. Collection days are once a week.

  • Miscellaneous paper
    Paper boxes, paper cartons, paper cups and lids, shredded or cut up paper, paper mounting bases, calendars, receipts, wrapping paper, paper bags, cores from toilet paper rolls, postcards, letters, envelopes, pictures, etc. are collected once every two weeks.
    *Starting April 2011, newspapers, magazines, and cardboard cannot be disposed as “Miscellaneous paper.” Newspapers, magazines, and cardboard would need to be discarded in a different manner such as at the community collection locations, newspaper collection boxes, and stores cooperating in the collection of old newspapers. If you are unable to dispose these categories at the locations above, place them in the designated bags for charged waste and discard with “Burnable waste.”

  • Branches, leaves, grass and weed cuttings
    Weed cuttings, grass and flowers, and leaves should be disposed after dusting off dirt. Branches should be tied together by a string (about 1m long for branches shorter than 50 cm). Collections would be made in every 4 weeks from May to December.
    *Vegetables, fruit, wood & wooden products, fences made of bamboo and rush mats used during winter do not apply.

Trash Fee Exemption Policy

The following groups will receive a certain number of trash bags for charged waste free of charge. No application procedures are required for both cases.

  • Elderly Sapporo citizens and citizens with critical disabilities who are receiving diaper distribution services will receive trash bags with diapers.
  • Households with a child under 2 years of age will receive trash bag tickets in the mail 2 months after registering as a Sapporo citizen. For details, please contact the Sapporo City Call Center (page. http://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/information/citizen-contact-center.html).

Individual collection of bulky waste (a charge applies: telephone application required) Bulky waste (oogata gomi)

Furniture, bicycles, skis, musical instruments and other bulky waste cannot be put out at collection points. Call the Bulky Waste Collection Center and give your name, address and a description of the item you wish to dispose of. The center will then inform you of the pick-up date, the confirmation number and the disposal fee. Purchase a Bulky Waste Disposal Sticker for each item at a supermarket/convenience store, write the confirmation number on the sticker and affix it to the item. Place the item at the designated collection location (e.g., in front of your house) before 8:30 a.m. on the collection day.
*If the waste fits in the designated disposal bag and could be closed securely, it can also be disposed as “burnable waste” or “non-burnable waste”.

Bulky Waste Collection Center Tel: 011-281-8153

Waste items not collected by the City of Sapporo

  • Television sets, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, air conditioners
    If you buy any of these items, apply to the vendor for disposal of the old one, or ask at a shop that provides a collection service for such items. For details, call the Sapporo City Call Center (http://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/information/citizen-contact-center.html).

  • Non-disposal items
    For collection of personal computers, please contact the manufacturer. Items such as tires, batteries, pianos, fire extinguishers, motorcycles and automobiles cannot be disposed of by the city. For collection of these items, please inquire at stores or special collection agents.

  • Waste in large quantities
    It is the responsibility of the individual to transport large quantities of waste, such as an amount surpassing 400 liters generated during a move, to a city waste disposal facility or to ask the Sapporo Environmental Operations Public Corporation for assistance.

Sapporo Environmental Operations Public Corporation Tel: 011-219-5353

Sapporo Waste Segregation App
This app (available in Japanese, English, Chinese [Traditional/Simplifed], Korean) allows users an easy way to look up waste collection days and proper disposal methods from a smartphone or tablet device. The Sapporo Waste Segregation App can be downloaded using the following QR codes. 

ゴミ分別アプリQRコード

Pamphlets on how to separate waste

The Sapporo International Communication Plaza distributes pamphlets on waste sorting and disposal (Japanese/English/Chinese/Korean) published by the City of Sapporo. These can also be viewed on the city’s website.