As countries throughout the world are trying to find ways of turning waste material to profitable use an ambitious Japanese project seems to be solving part of the problem.
GV Recycling plant in Yokohama ZOOM INTO "Stardust 80" sign outside the plant
GV Lorry full of waste material arrives at plant and waste is poured into an automatic classifying system (2 shots)
SV Worker watching waste being moved by crane through classifying system
SV Engineers sitting behind control panel of automatic system
SV INT. Waste disposal plant machinery turning the waste into pulp (7 shots)
SV Pulp being converted into giant rolls of paper
SV Toilet rolls coming off conveyor belt (5 shots)
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Background: As countries throughout the world are trying to find ways of turning waste material to profitable use an ambitious Japanese project seems to be solving part of the problem. It's called "Stardust 80" and is an attempt to convert Yokohama's refuse into re-usable goods.
SYNOPSIS: This is the huge recycling plant in Yokohama where the Japanese Government is carrying out the pilot-scheme.
Each day hundreds of tonnes of waste material and litter is gathered from the city's busy streets.But instead of burning or burying the rubbish it is dumped into an automatic classifying machine which separates various materials for different recovery process. At a central control room, workers monitor each step in the recycling process.
Fully automated machinery divides refuse according to four main categories through a liquifying system. The first two categories are materials selected for either metal recovery or conversion into fuel gas. A third category is processed into high-yield compost for agricultural use. The fourth major element is refined to make paper pulp.
"Stardust 80" turns out approximately 25 tonnes of refined pulp, the equivalent of fifty-five thousand newspapers or about forty-six thousand rolls of toilet tissue. Newsprint and toilet rolls are in fact the two main commercial products sold back to industry by the refuse plant.
This not only makes a major contribution to resources conservation but also helps to cut the cost of municipal collection and disposal of refuse.