Japan uses 80 percent of its plastics discards

Japan uses 80 percent of its plastics discards

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

June 5, 2014

Japanese consumers and businesses used 10.2 million tons of plastics in 2012, reports the country’s Plastic Waste Management Institute. Some 80 percent of this material was either recycled, gasified or used as a fuel.

Japan relies heavily on nonrecycling recovery systems, as only 22 percent of plastics discards were mechanically recycled. A whopping 42 percent of plastic waste was incinerated to make power or heat.

About 12 percent was converted into fuels, including fuel used in cement making, and 4 percent was liquefied or gasified.

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