Japan, U.S., EU to Estimate Plastic Waste Inflows into Oceans

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan plans to lead work to estimate the amount of marine plastic waste released from each country, in cooperation with the United States and the European Union, according to informed sources.

Talks on the matter will start at a four-day working-level meeting of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in Tokyo from Tuesday, the sources said.

The Japanese government aims to announce the results of the discussions at a G-20 meeting in Saudi Arabia next year.

Estimates currently used widely are those released by U.S. and other researchers in 2015. But their figures are rough estimates based on coastal populations, the sizes of economies and other data.

Their estimates put the annual amount released from Japan at 20,000 to 60,000 tons. The volume for China is given at 1.32 million to 3.53 million tons.

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