As a long-time volunteer garbage collector in our community, I was very much interested in “As world drowns in plastic, a city in Kyoto fights back” in the Feb. 25 edition. And I also am afraid that our community, with its riverbank and greenery, may drown in plastic in the future.

It’s sad that Japan did not sign the Ocean Plastics Charter that was endorsed by the other Group of Seven members. Japan has beautiful nature but is thoughtless about its cleanup. However, I felt encouraged by the city of Kameoka’s positive approach.

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