Foreign Students Living Support Seminar Surprise at Hiroshima City Waste Processing
At Hiroshima City International House, a series of three Foreign Students
Living Support Seminars is being held this year. Seminars were already
held in May and June. This time, for the third seminar, on October 17 (Sat)
the students were given a Waste Plant Tour for Foreign Students at Hiroshima
City Environmental Bureau Naka Waste Incineration Plant (Minami-Yoshijima,
Naka Ward), thanks to cooperation from the people at the plant.
The aim of the seminar this time was to renew the participants’ awareness of the importance of preserving the environment,
by showing them how waste is ultimately processed in Hiroshima City after daily collection and separation. Eighteen foreign students from seven countries
living in the International House participated in the tour, together with one family member and two International House staff members, making a total of twenty-one participants.
|Participants earnestly listen to the explanation by the staff member at
|| At Naka Plant, the person in charge first used a video to explain the
process from collection of household waste to final processing by Hiroshima
City. This was followed by a tour along the set route through the plant.
There was audio commentary provided in Japanese and English at each of
the tour stops, and this was very popular among the participants.
The participants stared at the churning of mass waste by a huge crane and
the slag (lumps of ash) that is created after incineration of burnable
waste. They also looked interested in the power generation conducted using
the steam created during the incineration process. They were also impressed
by the quietness of the plant, how clean it was, with no foul odors, and
how clean the sea looked behind the plant.
| At the tour this time we could not see waste collection trucks delivering
waste as the tour was held on a Saturday. Nonetheless the participants
took the tour seriously and made it a meaningful experience. Many of the
participants said after the tour that it was a good opportunity for them
to reconsider the rubbish situation. In the future we aim to continue to
hold practical seminars focusing on the daily lives of the foreign students.
（Hiroshima City International House）