Japan to Ask Municipalities to Dispose of Industrial Plastic Waste

Politics

Tokyo, May 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Environment Ministry is considering asking municipalities to accept and dispose of industrial plastic waste as an emergency step, as the amount of such waste has been increasing after China banned imports, informed sources said Thursday.

The ministry is set to make the request by the end of this month to municipal governments, which currently collect and dispose of household garbage, the sources said.

Municipalities that will accept the request will charge businesses for plastic waste incineration costs by revising related ordinances, after winning consent from local residents.

Japan exported some 1.5 million tons of plastic waste as resources in 2016 and 1.4 million tons in 2017, according to trade statistics from the Finance Ministry.

After China banned imports of plastic waste at the end of 2017, Japan has been facing growth in the amount of such materials. Before the introduction of the ban, China was a major importer of plastic waste from Japan.

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