In the picturesque hillside town of Kamikatsu, Japan, recycling is serious business. Here in North America we separate our trash more or less into three categories: recyclables, paper, and regular trash. In this small Japanese town however, they separate their trash into a staggering 34 categories.

While it’s certainly daunting and faced lots of resistance from the townsfolk at first, it’s come to be seen as normal and has helped the town in several ways. With this incredible program, they manage to reduce their trash by 80%, and are hoping to be 100% trash free by 2020. It’s an ambitious goal, and a fascinating insight into the most rigorous recycling program on earth.