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Press Release

Implementation Status of Sorted Collection and Recycling by Municipalities

September 15, 2005

The Ministry of the Environment issued a survey result on the status of sorted collection and recycling of wastes including the total volume of waste collected and recycled by municipalities in accordance with the Law for the Promotion of Sorted Collection and Recycling of Containers and Packaging, often referred to as the "Containers and Packaging Recycling Law".

Total volume of sorted collection by municipalities in line with the sorted collection plan in FY 2004 was 2,657,803 tons, 101% of the figure marked in the previous year (2,626,089 tons in FY 2003). (Table, Fig. 1, 2, 3)

In regard to the volume of sorted collection and recycled wastes, the volume of PET bottles and plastic containers and packaging increased largely while other items remained at same level compared to the previous year. On the other hand, the volume of manufactured PET bottles has continued to increase, with 513,712 tons in FY 2004 indicating the increase by approximately 18% compared to 436,556 tons in FY 2003. Accordingly, difference in volume between production and sorted collection of PET bottles by municipalities increased to approximately 275 thousand tons (225 thousand tons in FY 2003).

The ratio of municipalities conducting sorted collection for glass containers, and steel and aluminum cans is more than 90%. PET bottles, of which the collection stared in line with the enforcement of Containers and Packaging Recycling Law, is also more than 90%, indicating sorted collection has been steadily gaining ground.


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