Japan to Make Charging for Plastic Shopping Bags Mandatory

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government advisory panel on Friday approved a set of proposals for plastics recycling, including making it mandatory for retailers to charge for plastic shopping bags.

The government plans to officially adopt the measures to reduce plastic waste, crafted by the Environment Ministry, before a summit of the Group of 20 leading economies set for June next year in Osaka, western Japan.

The government thinks that the measures will help the country showcase its efforts on plastics recycling at the G-20 summit. Japan has been under fire for being slow to deal with plastic waste.

Japan and the United States did not sign the Ocean Plastics Charter, approved by other members of the Group of Seven major countries at a summit in Charlevoix, Canada, in June this year to promote plastics recycling.

The ministry's proposals call for setting a goal of reducing the volume of disposable plastic products being rolled out, including drinking straws as well as plastic bottles and shopping bags, by 25 pct by 2030.

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