Tokyo - the world's largest city - is tackling an increasing problem of garbage disposal by dumping the waste in the city's bay.
GV causeway to "Dream Island" (2 shots)
MV garbage being hauled by barge
MV garbage being transported by trucks
MV bulldozer stacking garbage
GV & MV's garbage outside shops and flats (5 shots)
MV & SV garbage being collected (3 shots)
GV PAN exterior incinerator
MV PAN garbage trucks arrive at incinerator (2 shots)
MV garbage being lifted into furnace and CU fire (2 shots)
TRUCKS AND BARGES DUMP GARBAGE IN BAY, GARBAGE BEING COLLECTED, NEW CITY INCINERATOR IN OPERATION
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Background: Tokyo - the world's largest city - is tackling an increasing problem of garbage disposal by dumping the waste in the city's bay. The result is called "Dream Island" locally but this land reclamation is only a partial solution to the disposal problem.
Trucks and barges converge on the Tokyo Bay dumping site from dawn to dusk - and the resulting smell is anything but a "Dream". At present about half of the city's waste is disposed of in this way. City authorities realise that incinerators will soon have to take over as bay dumping sites become harder to find.
In the suburbs, garbage is collected three times a week and the business section of the city has a collection every day. A small army of 10,000 rubbishmen does the work for the city's eleven million inhabitants. The volume of garbage to be cleared up every day has multiplied six-fold in ten years. It costs nearly half-a-billion dollars a year (about two hundred million sterling) to do the job.
New incinerators are being built and the latest, opened eighteen months ago, cost ten million dollars (GBP 4 million). But the garbage "explosion" has hardly even started for Tokyo. The total volume collected only equals the amount of rubbish Paris has to handle. New York city creates twice as much garbage per capita as Tokyo, but as Japan's economy grows and the consumer society throws away its waste, the volume is sure to increase.