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Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 51-year-old Yokohama electrician on suspicion of violating the Waste Disposal Law by illegally disposing of his home appliances, police sources said Tuesday.

It is the first arrest since the new Home Appliances Recycling Law took effect April 1, according to the Tsurumi Police Station.

Yoshihisa Sakiyama was arrested for allegedly leaving his refrigerator and washing machine along a city road at around 12:50 a.m. Monday.

Police said they decided to arrest him because the act was determined to be malicious, given that the refrigerator was a large one weighing 70 kg.

The appliances were left in an industrial district near Yokohama port. Police had been patrolling the area because it is a prime location for illegal waste dumping, when the electrician came along in a truck and dumped his appliances.

Sakiyama has admitted the charges, saying he did not want to pay the fees for disposal required under the new law, under which consumers are obliged to pay 4,600 yen to dispose of a refrigerator or 2,400 yen for a washing machine, as well as additional transport costs to take the unwanted appliance to a collection facility.

Charges for trash

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Aichi Prefectural Police plan to file criminal charges against a 40-year-old man who dumped an old washing machine on the street instead of paying a fee to have it collected under a recycling law that went into effect April 1, police sources said.

Police reportedly questioned the suspect — identified as a taxi driver who lives in Nagoya’s Higashi Ward — on Monday and plan to file papers against him with the Nagoya District Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Police acted against the suspect after an informant told authorities he had dumped the washing machine beside a road in Nagoya’s Nakamura district on Saturday afternoon.

The suspect reportedly told police he dumped the machine because he did not want to pay the disposal fee.

Because the electrical appliances recycling law has no penalty provisions against consumers, Aichi police questioned the suspect on suspicion of violating the garbage disposal law, the officials said.

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