Waste Management Strategies by Some of the Cleanest Cities in the World

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We are all responsible for managing the waste in our homes, cities, countries, and the world. Throughout time, various strategies have been used to make sure we learned how to be clean and hygienic. When we were kids, to get us to clean up and take out the trash our parents used threats and bribery. When it came time for roommates we implemented chore wheels and threats of eviction. And, when we’re all out and about in the city, there are fines and taxes and other methods used to hold us accountable for our trash and keep our cities clean.

The cleanest cities around the world

How cleanest cities stay clean
Singapore maintains top ranking amongst the cleanest cities in the world thanks to their no gum or cigarettes policy.

Some of the busiest and most densely populated cities in the world can also boast to be the cleanest. But, when you have a bustling city, you have to resort to some pretty strict rules to manage waste and reduce pollution. Let’s look at how some of the cleanest cities in the world stay clean.


No gum chewing allowed

Gum and cigarette butts are two of the biggest forms of litter. A cigarette butt can take up to 10 years to decompose. But, gum is made from plastics that do not biodegrade. For that reason, Singapore has made it illegal to chew gum. Unless it is prescribed by a doctor. And, there is no smoking allowed in public places.

Underground waste disposal systems

Oslo, Norway, is one of the cleanest cities in the world. In fact, it’s so clean, you don’t even see garbage cans and recycling bins!. Oslo has implemented a truly genius waste management strategy that eliminates the need for above ground garbage receptacles. Instead, trash goes directly to an underground waste disposal system where it is burned and used to heat and fuel the city.

Waste management in the cleanest cities
Kobe, Japan, keeps their city clean with a strict waste management system.

Suspension of trash collection privileges

Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan, and they run their waste management like a well-oiled machine. Each day is designated a different type of waste, forcing residents to properly separate and dispose of each material. Failure to comply with the rules will result in a suspension of your trash collection privileges.

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