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This is the Tsurumi Plant, a 61,000 square meter (656,600 sq. ft.) waste incineration plant owned and operated by the Public Cleansing Project Bureau of Yokohama. It can dispose of 1500 to 2000 tons of waste and garbage per day and is one of four such plants currently in operation in Yokohama. This plant is also ecologically friendly in that it scrubs all harmful gases and waste water byproducts, is sound and smell proof from the outside, and burns its trash which generates enough heat to power a 22,000 kilowatt (22 million watts) steam turbine generator. This electrify is then used at the facility and by a neighboring sewage treatment plant. Some of the electricity is also sold to a regional power company. As for what becomes of the burnt trash, it is burned at 800 to 950 degrees celsius (1,472 to 1,742 degrees fahrenheit) until it becomes ash, and is then mixed with cement and of disposed of in city landfills. This view shows the central conrol room for the plant. In Oct. 2003, the city of Yokohama launched its G30 campaign which aims to reduce waste and trash output by 30%. This is being down through legislation and teaching residents to reduce on consumption as well as reuse and recycle items. The annual amount of waste Yokohama produced in FY 2001 was 1.61 million tons, but the city plans to reduce this amount to 1.13. millions tons by FY 2010.
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