In recent years, many countries around the world have enjoyed the economic benefits of plastics while simultaneously facing serious environmental problems caused by their inappropriate disposal. In order to tackle concerns about plastics, these countries, as well as the international community, have been working to create new legislative and corporate initiatives. In this context, and to strengthen control over the use of plastics, Japan started charging for plastic bags in 2020, and adopted the Act on the Promotion of Resource Recycling for Plastics in 2021.
Among plastics, PET has been one of the most widely utilised materials since it was first synthesized in the mid-1940s. Globally, more than 50% of synthetic fiber is produced from PET, and as an inert polymer it serves as an ideal material for beverage bottles which require a barrier to the ingress of oxygen. In addition, PET is the most recycled plastic. In Japan, the collection rate for PET bottles has reached 90% (PET Bottle Recycling Promotion Council, 2017), which is quite high compared to Europe and the US. Both the 1997 Container and Packaging Recycling Law and widespread practice of sorting waste among consumers contribute to this high collection ratio.
CCET is organising a webinar that features speakers from the Ministry of the Environment, local municipalities, recycling companies, the beverage federation, Containers and Packaging Recycling Association, and others involved in the recycling of PET bottles in Japan. It will be held in October in consideration of urban sustainability, as that month is defined as "Urban October" by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).
CCET has continuously supported partner countries’ governments in waste management, especially among developing countries in Asia. The aim of this event is to introduce Japanese PET bottle recycling initiatives and best practices to government officials, local authorities, beverage companies, recycling consultants and others involved in waste management in developing countries. At the same time, the webinar provides an opportunity for Japanese participants to gain an overview of PET bottle recycling in Japan.
The webinar will include presentations and discussions on the background, drivers, successes and challenges of PET bottle recycling in Japan, including the role of government, technology development and the responsibilities of manufacturers.
The programme and details are available at
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In addition, CCET is also invited by UN-Habitat Philippines to make an online presentation on 4th October at "UN-Habitat Philippines’ World Habitat Day event" on mitigation of SLCPs from the waste sector in the Philippines based on technical assistance from CCET's and CCAC's to the Philippines in the development of the National Strategy to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector in the Philippines.