2021 Japan Waste Plastics Banning

Jan 06, 2021

Japanese media: Japan will restrict exportation of plastic waste from January 2021.



China-Singapore Jingwei Client, December 28, According to Kyodo News on the 27th, the revised "Basel Convention" that restricts the import and export of dirty plastic bottles and other difficult-to-recycle plastic waste will come into force on January 1, 2021. It is because plastic waste that has not been properly treated in the receiving country has become a cause of marine pollution. For Japan, where most of this type of garbage is processed abroad, promoting domestic recycling has become a top priority.


   In October of this year, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment issued specific standards for the objects of control, including food residues, oil stains, sludge, and failure to cut and shred. These plastic wastes cannot be exported without the consent of the other country.


   According to reports, Japan, like the United States and Germany, is a major exporter of plastic waste, with an export volume of 1.43 million tons in 2017. At the end of 2017, China's ban on the import of such waste and other restrictions on acceptance expanded. Japan's exports of such waste have decreased, but there are still 900,000 tons in 2019. According to analysis, there will be a certain amount of plastic waste that cannot be exported in the future, and the Japanese Ministry of the Environment is wary that it will stay in the country.


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   To this end, the Japanese government will step up and improve the domestic recycling system. For household plastic waste, in addition to packaging containers such as food trays, toys and other products are also considered to increase the amount of unified recycling and recycling. It will also promote the recycling of waste materials in offices and factories. It is planned to propose to the next Congress. bill. Senior officials of the Ministry of the Environment expressed their expectation that "in the future, plastic waste must be recycled as a resource in the country, and investment will flow to recycling industries."


   The report pointed out that the current situation of recycling companies in Japan is very severe due to the impact of the new crown epidemic. MM Plastic, a manufacturer that processes plastic waste into racks for handling operations, has fallen to 20 to 30% of its monthly sales due to economic stagnation. The company’s president, Morimura, emphasized, “Some colleagues say that if the impact is long-term, the business will be difficult to maintain. I hope the government will introduce support measures to promote the purchase of recycled products.


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