Japan streets ahead in global plastic recycling race: Are we going to politicise the plastic issues in our country OR we want to let our future generations inherit the effect of plastic contamination.
Japan is one of the most successful countries in the world for recycling plastics. In 2010, 77% of plastic waste was recycled, up from 73% in 2006 and 39% in 1996, according to the nation's Plastic Waste Management Institute. The country has passed several recycling laws to address the disposal and treatment of plastic waste since 1997, when businesses and consumers were obliged to separate plastic waste for the first time. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/dec/29/japan-leads-field-plastic-recycling
At 77%, Japan's plastic recycling rate is about twice that of the UK, and well above the 20% figure for the US, which still depends largely on landfill, according to institute spokesman Takushi Kamiya.