Is Japan good at recycling? According to official numbers, in 2018 Japan recycled an impressive 84 percent of the plastic collected. (The US, in comparison, recycles about 9 percent.) Japan reaches this percentage through diversified recycling mechanisms.
How much does Japan actually recycle? “Officials say around 84% of plastic is recycled in Japan, but thermal recycling makes up 56% of this, and burning waste can’t be good for the environment,” says Noriko Shindo, co-founder of Ekolokal.
Is Japan a leader in recycling? 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.
Does Japan recycle its plastic? As for plastic bottles, each Japanese consumes an average of 183 bottles each year. But the recycling rate is better: 85% of them are recycled, one of the highest rates in the world, with a target of 100% by 2030.