Mitaka City
Daily Living

Garbage and Recycling

The collection of garbage and recyclable items is categorized as follows.  Please read the explanation for each type of item for a description and disposal procedures.

Type of Garbage   Collection Schedule, etc.
Combustible Garbage   Twice a week (Use designated garbage bags;fees are charged)
Non-combustible Garbage   Twice a month (Use designated garbage bags;fees are charged)
Plastic Items   Once a week
Hazardous Garbage   Collected at the same time as Plastic Items
Plastic PET Bottles   Twice a month
Empty Bottles and Cans   Twice a month
Old Paper (includes miscellaneous paper) and Old Clothes   Once a week
Bulky Garbage/Excessive Garbage   A fee is charged;reservations required
Business-Related Garbage   A fee is charged
(Garbage and recyclable resources weighing less than 10 kg per day from shops and offices. Registration is required.)
* You can buy designated garbage bags at a convenience store or liquor shop in the city.

Please observe the following rules when disposing of garbage
Observe the Designated Collection Day and Time
 Please dispose of garbage by 8:00 a.m. on the collection day (by 11:30 p.m. for combustible garbage collection in Shimorenjaku 3-chome and Kamirenjaku 2-chome). Do not take your garbage out after the collection truck has completed collection or on days other than the collection day.
Separate Your Garbage before Disposal
 If collection day for non-combustible garbage is the same as for plastic PET bottles, plastic items, hazardous garbage and old paper/clothes, please separate the items according to type and leave some space in between the different types of garbage.
Keep to the Designated Garbage Collection Site
 Take your garbage and recyclable resources to the street in front of your home. For group housing, such as apartments and condominiums, please take your garbage out to the designated collection station. If the garbage collection truck cannot pass through your street due to construction or some other such reason, please take your garbage to a place the collection truck is able to access.

Combustible Garbage (Twice a week)

Collection Using Designated Garbage Bags (fees are charged)
Kitchen scraps (please drain well), clam shells, desiccants, cold insulation agent, plasters/compresses, disposable pocket warmers, toilet sheets/sand for pets (remove waste before disposal), rubber items, fur/leather items
Nonrecyclable paper
Nonrecyclable cloth
Wooden boards (80 cm long × 30 cm wide × 3 cm thick or less)

Items You Can Dispose of Free of Charge
Disposable diapers (excluding those for pets): Remove waste before disposal
Pruned branches (80 cm long and 8 cm thick or less): Tie with string in bundles with a diameter of 50 cm or less
Fallen leaves/mown grass/weeds

Non-Combustible Garbage (Twice a month)

Collection Using Designated Garbage Bags (fees are charged)
Glass items, ceramic items, light bulbs, and metal items (such as aluminum foil and pots)
Small electric appliances (measuring 30 cm or less on any side)
Items not categorized as plastic items: Umbrellas (including vinyl umbrellas), toys, videotapes, cassette tapes

Plastic Items (Once a week)

Hard and soft plastic products, items with the identifying plastic mark, styrofoam such as styrofoam trays, PET bottle caps, egg cartons, plastic bags, “regi” bags, plastic film, food wrap, etc.
 However, please dispose of the following five items with non-combustible garbage:
 Vinyl umbrellas, laundry drying hangers, toys, buckets and video/cassette-tapes.

Place items in a transparent/semi-transparent bag after rinsing them lightly if dirty. Please take measures to prevent the bag from blowing away with the wind.

Hazardous Garbage (Collected at the same time as Plastic Items)

Spray cans, aerosol cans, gas cassettes, disposable lighters.
Make sure items are completely empty.
Place items in a bag and label it “有害ごみ (Hazardous Garbage).”
Fluorescent lights, dry-cell batteries, thermometers.
Place items in an empty box and label it “有害ごみ (Hazardous Garbage).”
Please separate hazardous garbage such as fluorescent lights, dry-cell batteries from spray cans, aerosol cans, etc. according to type.

Plastic PET Bottles (Twice a month)

Plastic PET bottles for beverages, soy sauce and sake (with the identifying PET mark).
Remove the cap, rinse the inside and dispose of the item with plastic items.
Remove the label.
Crush lightly as necessary.
Dispose of these items in a container that can be opened by hand, or in a transparent/semi-transparent bag.
Think of ways to prevent items from blowing away with the wind.

Empty Bottles and Cans (Twice a month)

Bottles and cans for food and beverages.
Please be sure to remove the caps.
Aluminum cans, steel cans, aluminum/steel caps/lids, beverage/food cans, cans for seaweed, tea, confection, etc.
Items that are not applicable include glass bottles for medicine or cosmetics (bottles for health drinks are permitted), ceramic items, milky-white glass bottles, heat-resistant glass, oil cans, etc. Please dispose of these items with non-combustible garbage. (Please dispose of spray cans, aerosol cans, gas cassettes as hazardous garbage on the same day as collection of plastic items.)
Please make sure bottles and cans are completely empty; rinse them out and place them together in a container, such as a bucket or basket, or in a transparent/semitransparent bag for disposal. If there is an orange container at the collection site (such as for apartments, condominiums, and cul-de-sacs), please place them in it. In this case, do not put these items in bags.

Old Paper and Old Clothes (Once a week)

Newspapers (includes fliers), magazines, corrugated cardboard (remove adhesive tape and attachments)
Separate items according to type and bundle with string in a criss-cross fashion.
Miscellaneous paper (postcards, posters, wrapping paper, cardboard, receipts, business cards, memos, etc.)
Place items in a paper bag or bundle with string securely.
*Small amounts may be sandwiched in between magazine pages.
Wearable clothes, underwear, blankets, sheets, towel-kets and clean curtains.
Place items in a bag and label it “古着(Old Clothes).”
Do not dispose of these items if it is raining or looks like it is going to rain.
Please dispose of soiled or torn items on the collection day for combustible garbage in a city-designated garbage bag (fees are charged).

Bulky Garbage/Excessive Garbage (A fee is charged; reservations required)

Bulky Garbage Reception Center
Tel: 03-5715-1212 (Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
URL: (available on a 24-hour basis)
Note: Both are closed during the year-end/New Year holidays.
Bulky garbage refers to household appliances that measure 30 cm or longer on any side, or other items that measure 40 cm or longer on any side. *“Any side” means the longest measurement that can be taken of the item.
Excessive garbage refers to four garbage bags (45 liters each) or more at one time, or four bundles or more of tree branches or old paper.
Be sure to make a reservation by telephone or via the Internet approximately two weeks before the desired collection date. Items other than those for which a reservation was made will not be collected even if they are placed in the designated location.
Since a certain number of points (price) are designated for each item, you will be notified of the number of points after making your reservation. The handling fee is charged according to the total number of points (¥1,000 for up to ten points; ¥500 for each additional five points). Purchase the necessary amount of bulky garbage handling fee coupons (stickers; ¥1,000 coupons and ¥1,500 coupons) at any liquor store or convenience store in the city with a sign that says “Bulky Garbage Handling Fee Coupon Agent” in the city, and attach them to your bulky garbage. You must write your name and reception number on the sticker.
Please separate combustible garbage from non-combustible garbage.
TVs, refrigerators/freezers, laundry machines, air conditioners, personal computers and motorcycles are not collected.

Business-Related Garbage (A fee is charged)

 Business-related garbage refers to amounts less than 10 kg per day and can be collected with the regular collection conducted by the city by using the designated garbage bag (a fee is charged). Otherwise, the garbage should be collected by finalizing a separate contract with a waste collection company. Furthermore, the city does not collect items that cannot be handled by municipal handling facilities. Registration will be required.
Eligibility: Garbage (general business-related garbage excluding industrial waste) from shops and offices
Bulky Garbage Handling Fee Coupon Agent: Convenience stores, liquor stores, etc., in Mitaka City
Fee: Combustible garbage and non-combustible garbage: ¥2,600 for ten 45 liter bags, and ¥1300 for ten 22.5 liter bags. Recyclable resources: ¥500–¥1000 for ten bags.

Inquiries: Garbage Management Section, Living Environment Department (ext. 2533)

Citizens’ Recycling Factory

 The Citizens’ Recycling Factory offers items disposed of as bulky garbage for sale by lottery, and subsidizes the repairs of items brought to the workshop corner. In addition, lectures and classes, such as on making soap and altering clothes, are held on a regular basis.
Hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: 16-13, Jindaiji 2-chome
Tel (and Fax): 0422-34-3196

Collection Schedule for Each Location

Garbage Category


Combustible Garbage Non-combustible Garbage Plastic Items,
PET Bottles Bottles and Cans Paper and Clothes
Osawa 3-chome, Jindaiji, Iguchi, Nozaki 2- and 3-chome Tue. Fri. 2nd and 4th Wed. Mon. 1st and 3rd Thu. 2nd and 4th Thu. Thu.
Nozaki 4-chome, Osawa 1-, 2-, 4-, 5- and 6-chome Tue. Fri. 2nd and 4th Wed. Mon. 2nd and 4th Thu. 1st and 3rd Thu. Wed.
Kamirenjaku 1~5-chome Mon. Thu. 1st and 3rd Wed. Tue. 2nd and 4th Wed. 1st and 3rd Wed. Fri.
Shimorenjaku 1~4-chome Mon. Thu. 1st and 3rd Wed. Tue. 2nd and 4th Fri. 1st and 3rd Fri. Fri.
Nozaki 1-chome, Kamirenjaku 6~9-chome Mon. Thu. 1st and 3rd Wed. Fri. 2nd and 4th Tue. 1st and 3rd Tue. Wed.
Shinkawa 6-chome, Shimorenjaku 5~9-chome Mon. Thu. 1st and 3rd Wed. Fri. 1st and 3rd Tue. 2nd and 4th Tue. Tue.
All area of Inokashira Tue. Fri. 2nd and 4th Wed. Wed. 2nd and 4th Mon. 1st and 3rd Mon. Thu.
All area of Mure Mon. Thu. 1st and 3rd Wed. Wed. 1st and 3rd Fri. 2nd and 4th Fri. Tue.
Kitano, Shinkawa 2- and 3-chome Tue. Fri. 2nd and 4th Wed. Thu. 1st and 3rd Wed. 2nd and 4th Wed. Mon.
Nakahara, Shinkawa 1-, 4- and 5-chome Tue. Fri. 2nd and 4th Wed. Thu. 1st and 3rd Mon. 2nd and 4th Mon. Mon.

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Mitaka Municipal Office 1-1, Nozaki 1-chome, Mitaka City, 181-8555, Tokyo Tel:0422-45-1151(Main Switchboard) Access Mitaka City Office

Hours:Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed:national holidays and during the December29 through January3)