Lifestyle Change Seen as Key to Solving Plastic Waste Problem

Economy Politics

Karuizawa, Nagano Pref., June 17 (Jiji Press)--For people in Japan, changing their lifestyles is a key to fighting marine plastic waste, experts say.

Energy and environment ministers from the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies agreed to establish an international framework to reduce marine plastic waste, at their two-day meeting in Karuizawa in the central Japan prefecture of Nagano through Sunday.

The annual amount of plastic waste flowing into the ocean from Japan is estimated at 20,000 to 60,000 tons, smaller than from developing countries. But waste control has not been sufficient in Japan, pundits claim.

Some say that a thorough resolution of the problem requires a review of people's lives, which are flooded with plastic items.

All Japan River Litter Network, a Japanese group comprising nonprofit organizations and other bodies, collected some 45,000 dumped plastic bottles during its 2018 survey that covered 409 locations near rivers in the country.

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