Plastic waste piled up in the storage area of ​​a waste intermediate treatment company = in Tokyo

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Plastic waste piled up in the storage area of ​​a waste intermediate treatment company = in Tokyo

The revised Basel Convention, which regulates the import and export of plastic waste that is difficult to recycle, such as PET bottles with dirt remaining, will come into effect on January 1, 2009. Plastic waste that is not properly disposed of in the host country causes marine pollution. For Japan, which has relied heavily on overseas processing, there is an urgent need to promote domestic recycling.

In October 2008, the Ministry of the Environment announced specific standards to be regulated. (1) Leftover food, oil, and mud are attached (2) Not cut or crushed-these cannot be exported without the consent of the partner country.

It seems that there will be a certain amount of plastic waste that cannot be exported in the future, and the Ministry of the Environment is wary of staying in Japan.