Will hotel facilities run out from spring?
Effective from April 2022,Plastic Resource Recycling Promotion Act(Commonly known as: Plastic Resource Recycling Promotion Act).
On Twitter as the law looms“No amenities (except recycled products) can be placed in hotel rooms”More than 37,000 tweets have been retweeted (as of 13:00 on March 11), which has attracted a lot of attention.other“There is a charge for spoons and forks distributed at convenience stores and restaurants.”All kinds of “rumours” emerged one after another.
Will convenience store plastic cutlery and hotel amenities be charged or gone?
New law does not mandate ‘no installation’ or ‘charges’
12 are considered products and target businesses using specific plastics.
Image: Ministry of Environment
Products such as plastic tableware are listed in 12 items of “Products Using Specific Plastics” of the Law on Promotion of Plastic Resource Recycling. Currently, it’s usually available for free, and in some cases it’s only used once and then thrown away.
The law requires retailers such as those handling 12 items of 5 tons or more per year to “rationalize” the use of products that use certain plastics.
Special sites maintained by the Ministry of Environment are
“You’ll set a goal to reduce the number of products that use specific plastics and work towards rational use of products that use specific plastics.”
At the very least, there is no “prohibition” on the use and installation of plastics, and no mandatory charges. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything, and if your efforts are extremely inadequate, you may be “advised, published, ordered and penalized”.
Yoshihide Hirao, director of the Ministry of the Environment’s Recycling Promotion Office, introduced the interview to Business Insider Japan.
“It’s not a law that says everything goes away, it’s a law that you should do something to reduce it.It is up to the operator to decide which approach to take. For example, various efforts to change delivery methods and change materials are emerging. I don’t hear much about businesses that decide not to offer anything. “
As one of the precedents for this “rationalization”, it is said that there must be cases where plastic cutlery such as spoons and forks are provided for a fee, or it is taken out of the guest room by setting up a comfort counter at the front desk and changing the method of delivery…. ..
However, service can also be maintained through the use of recycled and alternative plastics, as well as rationalizing designs and reducing the amount of plastic used.
Compared to the case of charging for plastic shopping bags, the choice of merchants is quite wide. Therefore, from the user’s point of view, there may be an inconvenience that “this will change” cannot be said unconditionally.
In addition, on the special website of the Ministry of the Environment, the following contents are disclosed as the judgment criteria for companies that provide specific plastic products.
(author Takashi Mimura)