Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

March 8, 2006


Sorted Collection of Waste Containers and Packaging Up 1.2% in FY 2004

Keywords: Government Reduce / Reuse / Recycle 

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment revealed on September 15, 2005 that more and more packages and containers are being sorted and collected by municipalities under the Law for Promotion of Sorted Collection and Recycling of Containers and Packaging. The total amount sorted and collected was 2,657,803 tons in fiscal 2004, up 1.2 percent from the previous year. The recycling ratio was 97.1 percent, up 0.5 percent from the previous year.

The rates of increase were significant for plastic bottles and plastic containers, 12.6 percent and 17.4 percent, respectively. The amounts of other items collected, however, remained almost unchanged from the previous year.

The collected volume and recycling ratio by item were: 346,671 tons of flint grass containers (96.5 %); 301,262 tons of brown glass containers (96.9 %); 166,076 tons of other colored glass containers (94.6%); 69,197 tons of paper containers and packages (86.2 %); 238,469 tons of plastic bottles (97.0 %); 471,488 tons of plastic containers and packages (96.6 %); 362,207 tons of steel cans (98.0 %); 139,477 tons of aluminum cans (98.9 %); 547,149 tons of cardboard (99.1 %) and 15,807 tons of paper cartons (97.4 %).

More than 90 percent of municipal governments have sorted collection programs for glass containers, steel and aluminum cans and plastic bottles. The ministry expects that almost all municipalities will implement some kind of sorted collection of waste containers and packaging during the next five years.

- Almost All Municipalities to Start Sorted Collection of Packaging Waste (Related JFS article)

Posted: 2006/03/08 11:30:01 AM
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