Guidance on garbage collection in Yokohama

Post date: Monday, February 27, 2017

In Japan, how to dispose garbage depends on the area you live in. Here we inform you, how to dispose trash, how to get rid of oversized garbage, and how to dispose or sell furniture and home appliances when leaving Japan for foreigners residing in Yokohama.

Guideline issued by Yokohama City

Please separate your garbage accordingly and take the trash out in the morning of the specified date. Crows tend to scatter the garbage when garbage is put out the night before. This does not apply if your apartment has a 24 hour garbage station.

Oversized garbage

For oversized garbage, it is slightly complicated for foreigner.

What qualifies as oversized garbage?

Items of metals that are 30cm or longer and items made of other material (such a plastic or wood) that are 50cm or longer. Reservation is required for pick up and you need to pay a fee.

※ Neither items provided by Household Appliance Recycling Law (TV, air-conditioner, refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, and clothing dryer) nor PCs are accepted as oversized garbage. These appliances are collected and recycled by manufacturers via retail stores and PCs are recycled by manufacturers.


Make a reservation in Japanese by calling or via the internet. (Make reservation as soon as possible since it can take a while until pick up date)

Oversized garbage information center

From home phone: 0570-200-530  From cell phone: 045-330-3953

Both lines are not available in English, please have a Japanese speaker assist you when calling.

2.Pay a handling fee

Pay a handling fee and obtain a sticker. The stickers are sold in convenience stores or stores with lable: City of Yokohama Oversized garbage stickers available.

Once paid, the handling fee cannot be refunded. Be sure to retain your receipt until the collection is complete. Collection stickers cannot be issued if lost or damaged.

3.Dispose your oversized garbage

Attach the sticker to each item and take out the item to the specific location by 8AM.

  • Those we do not speak Japanese can consult here.
  • Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges (KOKE)
  • Information Corner: 045-222-1209

Selling your furniture