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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 4-25
Recycling in Asia


Although waste collectors collect recyclable waste extensively in developing countries, some of the waste that could be easily collected and recycled in developed countries cannot be recycled properly in developing Asian countries. Possible reasons for this include competition with virgin resources, inefficiency of transportation, and the inefficiency of the recycling industry. Moreover, the recycling process often causes pollution. Due to a lack of analysis of these problems, international cooperation in the field of recycling has focused on the segregation of waste. However, such activities are often not sustainable. By focusing on various actors in the recycling process, we will survey the actual conditions and problems of the recycling industry in Asian countries. We will also propose forms of international cooperation in order to promote more effective recycling in Asian countries.


April 2006 - March 2007


Members of the Research Project

KOJIMA Michikazu
TERAO Tadayoshi
FUJII Yoshifumi (Professor, Bunkyo University)
MIYAKE Hiroyuki (Professor, University of Kitakyushu)
TOGAWA Kenichi (Professor, Kumamoto University)
YOSHIDA Aya (National Institute for Environmental Studies)
MURAKAMI Rie (National Institute for Environmental Studies)
SASAKI So (Hokkaido University)
CHUNG Sung Woo (Ph.D. candidate, Hokkaido University)