Japan’s waste collection system is becoming a major cause of global pollution and has been blamed for killing hundreds of thousands of birds and fish in recent years.
More than a billion tonnes of garbage and plastic are collected every year from cities and towns across the country, which is now home to over 40 million people.
The government, which started collecting waste in 2002, has since doubled the number of collection stations and set up a network of collection centres across the city.
In recent years, the system has become a source of international concern, with a petition calling for it to be shut down gaining more than 60,000 signatures.
The petition was launched by Greenpeace Japan, an environmental group based in Tokyo, and Greenpeace Japan.
The group said that in 2010, it sent a petition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urging him to take urgent action to stop the waste collection industry from killing birds and fishes.
But the prime minister’s office said he had yet to respond.
The campaign also included a website called Save Japan’s Animals, where people can share pictures and stories about animals killed by garbage and recycling systems.
The site, launched last month, attracted more than 6 million visitors in a week.
The site says that in Tokyo alone, some 60 million animals were killed by the garbage and waste collection systems.
“This is unacceptable,” Greenpeace Japan said.
“It is a problem which must be tackled urgently.”
In a statement, Greenpeace said the garbage collection industry had been “abused by the Japanese government for years”.
“They have not been doing enough to address this issue and the Japanese public must be able to see what is happening.”
In Japan, the waste-to-food waste recycling industry has also been a major source of pollution.
A recent study by the Tokyo-based Japanese Society for Waste Management found that more than 2,000 species of animals were threatened by waste recycling in Tokyo in 2016, a figure that includes more than 30 species of birds.
In a recent report, the Japanese Environment Agency (JEA) also highlighted the threat posed by the waste recycling system.
In an email, JEA said it was concerned that Japan’s rubbish collection system had become “a major source for bird and fish deaths and destruction”.
“The situation is even worse in smaller towns and cities,” the agency said.
In addition, JEAs findings showed that the Japanese waste collection facilities had failed to comply with Japan’s environmental standards.
The JEA has called on the Japanese authorities to do more to address the problem, and called on local authorities to establish “safe zones” to protect wildlife and the environment.
The Japanese government has repeatedly said that it wants to make waste collection more environmentally friendly.
However, it has also become a target of animal rights activists, who have been protesting against the government’s policies for years.