Disaster Prevention Info-mail
Amid increasing concerns over PM2.5, the season for yellow dust and photochemical oxidants (i.e., smog) is fast approaching. Fukuoka City provides PM2.5, yellow dust and smog forecasts on its homepage and via its disaster prevention info-mail service. To sign up for the info-mail service, please send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and access the registration page from the automatically generated reply. Inquiries: Disaster Prevention & Crisis Management Section (092-711-4056)
Plastic Recycling Trial
The City will conduct a trial to recycle old toys and other plastic goods. You can pick up and drop off collection bags on the 7th floor of Best Denki’s main store (1-9-1 Chuo-ku, Fukuoka) until Mar. 15. Inquiries: Recycling Promotion Section (092-711-4039)
Discarding Garbage when Moving
Burnable trash is collected twice a week, while non-burnable trash is collected once a month. You must apply in advance to dispose of oversized trash. Call the Oversized Trash Center (092-731-1153) to check fees, drop-off locations and collection dates. Trash is typically collected about one week after you apply. The City does not collect air conditioners, TVs, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines or dryers. Please make a reservation with a Best Denki store to pick these up.
Hakata City Walks
Come rediscover the hidden charms of Hakata on a Hakata City Walk. From Mar. 8 to 31, there will be a “stamp rally” in the Hakata area, concerts at temples and other fun events. Free copies of the Hakata City Walk Map are available at Tourist Information Counters or the Information Plaza on the 1st floor of City Hall. An English version can be downloaded from: http://www.hakatamap.jp/english
Help Reduce the Stray Cat Population
City Hall has received a large number of complaints about stray cats. More than 80% of the cats that the City euthanizes are kittens. Please refrain from feeding stray cats to help reduce the population of ownerless cats. If you own a cat, please keep it indoors, spay or neuter it and make sure it has some form of identification, such as ID tags or a microchip implant. More and more neighborhoods are enacting measures to combat stray cats. For more information, call the Animal Welfare & Management Center (092-891-1231).
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Genki 3R Festival
The Rinkai 3R Station (4-13-42 Hakozaki-futo, Higashi-ku) will host a hands-on “3R” (reduce, reuse, recycle) event on Sunday, Mar. 23 from 10:00 to 15:00. In addition to various activities, there will also be a used clothing collection booth co-sponsored by Yahoo Japan. Drop off your old clothes and get some ideas for reducing waste in your everyday life.
For more Information
Fukuoka City Bulletin
Fukuoka Shisei Dayori is City Hall’s official magazine published bi-weekly on 1st and 15th of each month 23 times per year. It’s available in Japanese online too. Consider using it for Japanese study! ふくおか市政だより Website: www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shisei/kouhou-hodo/shiseidayori/
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn183, Mar. 2014)