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Will hotel facilities run out from spring?

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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’

Certain plastic products

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.

Provides a summary of the criteria for judging companies using specific plastic products

1. Goal Setting

Set reasonable use goals for products that use specific plastics and take systematic steps to achieve those goals.

2. Rationalizing the use of products using specific plastics

Control the discharge of plastic waste by striving for the rational use of specific plastic products.

3. Provide information

Consumer emission control, such as posting items in stores that contribute to emission control, promoting fair use efforts on the Internet, etc., and attaching an indication of the importance of emission control on designated plastic products. Provide information for promotion.

4. System maintenance, etc.

Establish a system such as a designated person in charge, and strive to rationalize the use of products using specific plastics.

Take steps, such as training employees, on the proper use of products that use specific plastics.

5. Safety and other considerations

Please consider safety, functionality, and other necessary circumstances when rationally using products that use specified plastics.

6. Understand the status of implementation

Efforts are made to understand the number of products using specific plastics, efforts to rationalize their use and their effects, and publish them on the Internet.

7. Cooperation with related parties

Coordination with the national government, relevant local public organisations, consumers, relevant organisations and relevant businesses should be considered in order to effectively carry out the rational use of specific plastic products. At that time, we will request the cooperation of our business partners as needed.

8. Rationalization of members’ use of certain plastic products

Headquarter operators should provide necessary guidance on the rational use of specific plastic products provided in member businesses, and strive to curb the discharge of plastic product waste.

Members should strive to cooperate with the measures implemented by the headquarters business to rationally use products that use specific plastics.

(author Takashi Mimura)

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