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Paper recycling woes

Date Posted: 2001-08-30

Paper recycling dealers on Okinawa are struggling because of the long depressed price of used paper and the sluggish demand for products using recycled paper.

Most dealers have been taking back used paper for ¥1 to ¥2 per kilogram but the actual price of the paper at wholesale level has dropped to practically zero. That has lead the dealers to a situation where they reportedly are losing money as they cannot buy paper for nothing in order to maintain the collection routes and people’s recycling habit.

According to Hiroshi Kogachi, a representative of a recycling organization, “We now live in an era that it costs money even to dispose household items like electric appliances. It is just one of those good examples that clarify it.” He points out that consumers now need to share some costs for recycling.

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