Japan to Cosponsor Proposed Ban on Dirty Plastic Waste Trade

Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan will cosponsor a proposal to ban imports and exports of dirty plastic waste under the Basel Convention, which restricts trading in harmful waste, government officials have said.

The Environment Ministry made the decision Tuesday. The proposal, originally made by Norway, will be discussed at a meeting of signatories to the treaty in Switzerland from April 29.

The ministry hopes to highlight Japan's efforts to reduce plastic waste ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, western Japan, in June, the officials said.

Plastic waste generated in Japan is mainly recycled in Vietnam and Malaysia, where plastics can be sorted and washed at low labor costs.

However, concerns are mounting over poor sanitary conditions and environmental pollution by liquid waste produced during the washing process.

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