*First broadcast on October 26, 2023. Japan was arguably one of the cleanest places in the world in centuries past. But today, garbage is a major issue. In other countries, rubbish may be sent straight to the landfill, but in Japan—where available space is limited—it is generally incinerated first. Even so, landfill space is running out, and new methods are needed. Among the sites Peter Barakan visits as he explores paths to the future is a surprisingly beautiful incineration plant, designed by world-renowned artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Fishing nets can be upcycled to make playground equipment
An incineration plant designed by world-renowned artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who sought coexistence with nature
At the plant, Peter Barakan tries generating electricity by hand