Walk at your own pace around the Sumida Incineration Plant building on the 2nd floor and peek into windows where you can see from start to finish the incineration of burble rubbish in Tokyo. Watch blue sanitation trucks unload their white trash bags and see a huge claw and garbage pit. The trash is then burned to ash and provides power for resale and to heat the local pool and sports facility next door. You can also ask in the first-floor office to see an English movie about the process. It took about 40 years to fill in Odaiba with trash, learn about how trash management has improved and Tokyo’s plans for the future.
We have to all learn to reduce waste and recycle, but learning about the trash we do create and how it is handled is eye-opening and very educational.
Sumida Incineration Plant - Tokyo Edutainment
The Sumida Incineration Plant was a fantastic 1/2 day outing to learn what happens to our burnable trash in Tokyo. Our early elementary children grasped the entire cycle, and the parents were amazed at the process and science — a great free educational outing in Tokyo. Sumida Incineration Plant is open to the public M-Sat and requires a reservation (call number below to reserve). The facility has quite a bit of signage in English, so an interpreter is unnecessary. Here is a PDF which explains the flow of the garage with visuals.
Sumida Incineration Plant
Address: 1-10-23 Higashisumida, Sumida City, Tokyo; 03-3613-5311
Business Hours: Operates 24 hours a day; Visitor Center is open 9:00-15:00 Mon – Sat (reservation required 03-3613-5311)
Cost: Free Entry
Access: 5 min walk from Yahiro Station on the Asakusa Line (Red Line)