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1.Number of contracting business entities and volume of requested recycling
  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons)
Total 59,449   62,057   63,595   67,196   69,648  
Glass bottles 3,803 375,245 3,901 416,262 3,863 450,959 3,883 492,146 3,878 531,692
Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
3,208

1,722

1,548
184,713

92,992

97,540
3,337

1,798

1,552
205,579

116,760

93,923
3,325

1,707

1,508
216,254

139,364

95,341
3,350

1,714

1,431
216,751

157,127

118,268
3,288

1,776

1,467
225,281

158,375

148,036
PET bottles 962 96,584 1,088 196,256 1,087 230,684 1,377 236,203 1,311 253,396
Paper 41,206 47,815 45,262 90,044 45,878 105,820 47,281 56,203 47,927 63,982
Plastics 56,944 151,470 59,609 256,428 61,067 311,801 64,861 441,559 67,291 546,635
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons)
Total 70,540  
 
70,831  
 
71,409   71,329  
 
72,014 1,541,439
Glass bottles 3,868 544,092 3,755 356,476 3,715 351,915 3,688 377,539 3,547 396,018
Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
3,265

1,786

1,449
239,224

143,613

161,255
3,177

1,719

1,381
132,721

105,369

118,386
3,145

1,667

1,349
131,666

107,754

112,495
3,132

1,639

1,315
155,078

113,982

108,478
3,020

1,577

1,260
155,076

133,560

107,383
PET bottles 1,352 255,019 1,256 298,523 1,292 272,850 1,353 283,417 1,353 257,906
Paper 48,630 72,580 48,378 41,749 52,597 56,364 52,519 32,064 52,902 33,934
Plastics 68,122 658,282 68,483 670,482 69,117 802,036 69,201 863,547 69,976 853,581
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons) Number of business entities Volume of recycling (tons)
Total 73,557 1,661,776 
 
73,659 1,531,481 
 
74,371 1,640,223 
 
76,571 1,548,842 78,430 1,433,134
Glass bottles 3,479 404,265 3,367 366,035 3,334 367,843 3,287 360,900 3,235 361,398
Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
2,967

1,538

1,220
165,913

137,345

101,006
2,890

1,467

1,197
148,871

114,059

103,105
2,861

1,437

1,163
146,308

116,041

105,494
2,815

1,426

1,170
142,292

114,555

104,053
2,788

1,377

1,144
146,563

123,216

91,619
PET bottles 1,340 248,932 1,319 266,158 1,306 289,294 1,303 281,948 1,292 294,756
Paper 53,928 38,001 55,064 40,084 56,648 41,977 59,330 39,470 60,598 33,145
Plastics 71,666 970,578 71,903 859,204 72,306 941,109 74,914 866,524 76,388 743,835


2.Recycling unit costs
  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg)
Glass bottles: Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
4.270

7.902

8.327
4.2

7.9

9.3
3.7

8.1

9.3
3.1

5.9

8.8
2.9

4.9

8.3
PET bottles 91.363 86.2 77.3 65.8 49.4
Paper 60.311 60.3 43.2 25.9 19.7
Plastics 108.000 108.0 84.3 78.1 75.1
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg)
Glass bottles: Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
2.7

4.9

6.5
4.1

4.9

7.3
3.9

5.4

6.0
3.4

5.0

6.9
4.3

5.7

9.5
PET bottles 32.1 9.3 1.9 1.9 1.8
Paper 12.9 21.0 12.9 15.9 13.7
Plastics 82.2 91.6 88.3 77.3 67.6
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg)
Glass bottles: Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
3.9

5.5

9.8
4.3

5.8

9.1
4.1

5.5

8.4
4.2

5.7

8.3
4.4

6.1

8.7
PET bottles 4.3 3.7 3.5 4.6 1.5
Paper 16.5 13.3 12.4 12.4 14.0
Plastics 54.7 53.5 50.4 49.4 57.0
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg) Recycling unit cost (yen/kg)
Glass bottles: Colorless

Amber

Other Colors


4.4

5.8

9.4


 

4.2

5.5

9.7

 



 
 



 
PET bottles 3.3 2.3      
Paper 13.0 12.0      
Plastics 47.0 45.0      
*Business entities pay the Recycling Fee (= Estimated Amount of Output x Calculation Coefficient x Recycling Unit Cost)


3.Payment unit costs
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Payment unit costs
(yen/kg)
Payment unit costs
(yen/kg)
Payment unit costs
(yen/kg)
Payment unit costs
(yen/kg)
Payment unit costs
(yen/kg)
Payment unit costs
(yen/kg)
Payment unit costs
(yen/kg)
Payment unit costs
(yen/kg)
Glass bottles: Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
0

0

0
0

0

0
0

0

0
0

0.1

0.3
0

0.1

0.2
0

0

0.3
0

0

0
0

0

0
PET bottles 1.4 0.6 1.6 0.5 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.1
Paper 2.0 0.9 1.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.2
Plastics 10.9 11.4 10.6 2.8 1.7 2.8 1.9 1.9


4.Number of municipalities with contract and volume of taking-back
  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons)
Total 2,086 2,354 2,474 2,633 2,616
Glass bottles 1,430 280,878 1,683 325,344 1,780 339,039 1,903 340,646 1,888 344,446
Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
1,091

1,201

1,341
79,836

111,199

89,843
1,365

1,470

1,585
97,100

129,892

98,352
1,433

1,504

1,669
102,788

130,311

105,940
1,580

1,631

1,811
109,086

130,274

101,285
1,555

1,605

1,800
109,932

129,539

104,975
PET bottles 1,707 96,652 2,042 131,027 2,186 153,860 2,348 173,875 2,315 191,726
Paper 83 11,243 131 21,685 143 24,687 243 30,652 250 28,111
Plastics 435 67,080 673 168,681 815 259,669 1,222 368,005 1,317 446,912
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons)
Total 1,771 1,581 1,571 1,580 1,582
Glass bottles 1,327 336,029 1,228 339,106 1,230 333,373 1,224 332,109 1,243 333,462
Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
1,038

1,078

1,279
103,132

123,707

109,190
916

975

1,183
104,474

121,548

113,084
913

969

1,195
101,460

119,210

112,703
921

983

1,184
100,432

118,946

112,731
928

989

1,195
102,510

118,878

112,075
PET bottles 1,352 169,917 1,082 140,416 1,082 140,013 1,137 153,732 1,211 188,783
Paper 183 27,477 165 28,618 154 27,860 148 26,814 144 25,554
Plastics 980 528,528 957 548,839 988 581,340 1,017 604,486 1,028 617,151
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons) Number of municipalities Volume of taking-back (tons)
Total 1,547 1,540 1,541 1,546   1,553  
Glass bottles 1,212 339,990 1,210 345,368 1,216 349,443 1,229 356,731 1,247 357,081
Colorless

Amber

Other Colors
908

951

1,175
107,147

120,838

112,004
907

959

1,175
109,032

121,434

114,902
910

967

1,189
107,884

120,500

121,058
930

980

1,193
 
111,135

122,064

123,532
944

999

1,211
109,356

119,222

128,503
PET bottles 1,186 194,205 1,176 194,996 1,180 194,777 1,198 199,962 1,202 192,715
Paper 147 28,410 148 26,895 145 25,581 147 24,753 148 23,278
Plastics 1,033 635,398 1,043 650,345 1,045 651,351 1,064 659,169 1,081 653,511

5.Number of recyclers
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Glass bottles 87 101 114 121 104
PET bottles 42 51 56 58 59
Paper 21 22 31 43 47
Plastics 41 65 86 79 74
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Glass bottles 85 78 79 75 67
PET bottles 48 46 50 49 51
Paper 46 41 37 46 39
Plastics 84 75 92 82 85
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Glass bottles 62 60 62 55 53
PET bottles 52 52 56 1h fi :55
2h fi :48
1h fi :52
2h fi:49
Paper 47 41 44 45 45
Plastics 79 74 65 65 54
  2015        
Glass bottles 53        
PET bottles 1h fi :52
 
       
Paper 46        
Plastics 55        


6.Use of recycled products
  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage
Glass bottles 264,688   304,764   317,817   317,766   320,478  
Colorless

73,804

100.0%

90,333

100.0%

94,341

100.0%

104,672

100.0%

101,566

100.0%
From bottle to bottle

Others
70,388

3,416
95.4%

4.6%
87,429

2,904
96.8%

3.2%
76,436

17,905
81.0%

19.0%
95,006

9,666
90.8%

9.2%
91,877

9,689
90.5%

9.5%
Amber 103,701 100.0% 121,696 100.0% 123,439 100.0% 119,042 100.0% 121,707 100.0%
From bottle to bottle

Others
84,297

19,404
81.3%

18.7%
87,469

34,227
71.9%

28.1%
84,885

38,554
68.8%

31.2%
107,044

11,998
89.9%

10.1%
109,756

11,951
90.2%

9.8%
Other Colors 87,183 100.0% 92,734 100.0% 100,037 100.0% 94,051 100.0% 97,205 100.0%
From bottle to bottle

Others
7,303

79,880
8.4%

91.6%
5,185

87,549
5.6%

94.4%
5,332

94,705
5.3%

94.7%
15,069

78,982
16.0%

84.0%
19,816

77,389
20.4%

79.6%
PET bottles 68,575 100.0% 94,912 100.0% 112,485 100.0% 124,298 100.0% 147,698 100.0%
Textiles

Plastic sheet

Bottles

Molded products

Others
38,317

23,407

326

3,802

2,723
55.9%

34.1%

0.5%

5.5%

4.0%
48,659

37,510

381

5,330

3,032
51.3%

39.5%

0.4%

5.6%

3.2%
58,940

45,632

606

5,314

1,993
52.4%

40.5%

0.6%

4.7%

1.8%
57,445

50,021

11,312

3,944

1,576
46.2%

40.2%

9.1%

3.2%

1.3%
63,554

54,589

23,351

4,239

1,965
43.0%

37.0%

15.8%

2.9%

1.3%
Paper 10,230 100.0% 20,793 100.0% 24,358 100.0% 29,881 100.0% 27,163 100.0%
Materials

Materials for
other than paper

Refuse Derived Fuel
4,546

2,566


3,118
44.4%

25.1%


30.5%
15,301

1,196


4,295
73.6%

5.7%


20.7%
20,284

157


3,917
83.3%

0.7%


16.0%
26,969

15


2,897
90.3%

0.0%


9.7%
25,053

203


1,907
92.2%

0.8%


7.0%
Plastics 43,830 100.0% 118,470 100.0% 180,162 100.0% 256,150 100.0% 309,537 100.0%
Plastics 43,296 98.8% 117,598 99.3% 179,238 99.5% 255,128 99.6% 308,514 99.7%
Molding materials

Pyrolytic oil

Reducing agent
in blast furnaces

Chemical raw materials
for the coke oven

Synthetic gas
4,882

3,348

24,656


9,771


638
11.1%

7.6%

56.3%


22.3%


1.5%
9,246

7,886

42,306


50,631


7,529
7.8%

6.7%

35.7%


42.7%


6.4%
23,426

6,828

46,621


91,175


11,188
13.0%

3.8%

25.9%


50.6%


6.2%
41,626

5,847

58,811


120,767


28,076
16.2%

2.3%

23.0%


47.1%


11.0%
56,035

6,426

55,870


137,980


52,203
18.1%

2.1%

18.0%


44.6%


16.9%
Tray 533 1.2% 872 0.7% 924 0.5% 1,022 0.4% 1,023 0.3%
Molding materials

Pyrolytic oil
520

13
1.2%

0.0%
777

95
0.7%

0.0%
921

3
0.5%

0.0%
1,022

0
0.4%

( - )
1,023

0
0.3%

( - )
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage
Glass bottles 321,990  
 
324,967  
 
316,288  
 
308,853  
 
317,165  
Colorless

96,514

100.0%

102,046

100.0%

95,172

100.0%

93,832

100.0% 96,731 100.0%
From bottle to bottle

Others
93,472

3,042
96.8%

3.2%
99,488

2,558
97.5%

2.5%
91,783

3,389
96.4%

3.6%
91,505

2,327
97.5%

2.5%
94,742

1,989
97.9%

2.1%
Amber 117,455 100.0% 115,727 100.0% 112,690 100.0% 111,561 100.0% 112,709 100.0%
From bottle to bottle

Others
102,935

14,520
87.6%

12.4%
105,051

10,676
90.8%

9.2%
102,148

10,542
90.6%

9.4%
102,826

8,734
92.2%

7.8%
104,143

8,566
92.4%

7.6%
Other Colors 108,020 100.0% 107,194 100.0% 108,426 100.0% 103,460 100.0% 107,725 100.0%
From bottle to bottle

Others
19,880

88,140
18.4%

81.6%
22,967

84,227
21.4%

78.6%
17,209

91,217
15.9%

84.1%
26,707

76,753
25.8%

74.2%
33,153

74,572
30.8%

69.2%
PET bottles 143,032 100.0% 106,445 100.0% 111,847 100.0% 121,500 100.0% 158,296 100.0%
Textiles

Plastic sheet

Bottles

Molded products

Others
64,103

58,788

12,134

6,217

1,790
44.8%

41.1%

8.5%

4.3%

1.3%
55,458

41,088

6,493

3,087

319
52.1%

38.6%

6.1%

2.9%

0.3%
61,292

43,285

3,915

2,796

559
54.8%

38.7%

3.5%

2.5%

0.5%
67,685

46,808

3,278

2,965

761
55.7%

38.5%

2.7%

2.4%

0.6%
83,374

61,441

3,968

8,326

1,187
52.7%

38.8%

2.5%

5.3%

0.7%
Paper 26,471 100.0% 28,093 100.0% 27,083 100.0% 26,660 100.0% 24,702 100.0%
Materials

Materials for
other than paper

Refuse Derived Fuel
24,894

223


1,354
94.0%

0.9%


5.1%
26,689

47


1,357
95.0%

0.2%


4.8%
25,813

197


1,073
95.3%

0.7%


4.0%
25,125

262


1,274
94.2%

1.0%


4.8%
22,564

269


1,869
91.3%

1.1%


7.6%
Plastics 365,924 100.0% 380,434 100.0% 381,163 100.0% 374,590 100.0% 393,740 100.0%
Plastics 364,991 99.7% 379,589 99.7% 380,353 99.8% 373,812 99.8% 392,997 99.8%
Molding materials

Pyrolytic oil

Reducing agent
in blast furnaces

Chemical raw materials
for the coke oven

Synthetic gas
88,852

6,993

36,444


174,061


58,641
24.2%

1.9%

10.0%


47.6%


16.0%
131,256

4,389

37,282


152,103


54,559
34.5%

1.2%

9.8%


40.0%


14.3%
149,678

4,258

31,259


138,626


56,531
39.3%

1.1%

8.2%


36.4%


14.9%
171,475

2,730

15,605


137,320


46,682
45.8%

0.7%

4.2%


36.7%


12.5%
170,899

6,729

25,751


145,035


44,583
43.4%

1.7%

6.5%


36.8%


11.3%
Tray 933 0.3% 845 0.2% 810 0.2% 778 0.2% 743 0.2%
Molding materials

Pyrolytic oil
933

0
0.3%

( - )
845

0
0.2%

( - )
810

0
0.2%

( - )
778

0
0.2%

( - )
743

0
0.2%

( - )
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage Sales volume (tons) Percentage
Glass bottles 322,090  
 
326,798  
 
331,017  
 
332,970   336,298  
Colorless

101,730

100.0%

102,705

100.0%

107,884

100.0% 103,586 100.0% 102,887 100.0%
From bottle to bottle

Others
100,375

1,355
98.7%

1.3%
101,038

1,667
98.4%

1.6%
98,916

2,080
91.7%

1.9%
101,380

2,205
97.9%

2.1%
99,506

3,381
96.7%

3.3%
Amber 112,810 100.0% 115,468 100.0% 120,500 100.0% 114,534 100.0% 110,087 100.0%
From bottle to bottle

Others
108,689

4,120
96.3%

3.7%
111,729

3,739
96.8%

3.2%
111,335

1,574
92.4%

1.3%
111,196

3,337
97.1%

2.9%
107,564

2,524
97.7%

2.3%
Other Colors 107,551 100.0% 108,624 100.0% 121,058 100.0% 114,851 100.0% 123,324 100.0%
From bottle to bottle

Others
29,963

77,588
27.9%

72.1%
31,441

77,184
28.9%

71.1%
31,368

85,743
25.9%

70.8%
36,525

78,325
31.8%

68.2%
34,017

89,306
27.6%

72.4%
PET bottles 153,192 100.0% 154,357 100.0% 155,017 100.0% 168,805 100.0% 150,056 100.0%
Textiles

Plastic sheet

Bottles

Molded products

Others
79,824

57,646

8,940

6,443

339
52.1%

37.6%

5.8%

4.2%

0.2%
79,074

59,563

7,534

7,815

370
51.2%

38.6%

4.9%

5.1%

0.2%
74,605

61,684

12,343

6,027

357
48.1%

39.8%

8.0%

3.9%

0.2%
73,635

69,108

19,581

6,081

400
43.6%

40.9%

11.6%

3.6%

0.2%
67,347

59,152

19,667

3,664

225
44.9%

39.4%

13.1%

2.4%

0.2%
Paper 27,297 100.0% 25,925 100.0% 24,403 100.0% 24,715 100.0% 22,830 100.0%
Materials

Materials for
other than paper

Refuse Derived Fuel
25,318

253


1,726
92.8%

0.9%


6.3%
24,437

247


1,241
94.3%

1.0%


4.8%
22,966

14


1,422
94.1%

0.1%


6.2%
23,109

190


1,416
93.5%

0.8%


5.7%
21,207

172


1,451
92.9%

0.8%


6.4%
Plastics 418,681 100.0% 426,068 100.0% 434,270 100.0% 434,035 100.0% 438,499 100.0%
Plastics 417,990 99.8% 425,437 99.9% 433,695 99.9% 433,531   438,029  
Molding materials

Pyrolytic oil

Reducing agent
in blast furnaces

Chemical raw materials
for the coke oven

Synthetic gas
163,515

1,057

24,851


175,579


52,988
39.1%

0.3%

5.9%


41.9%


12.7%
170,183

0

24,131


179,759


51,364
39.9%

0.0%

5.7%


42.2%


12.1%
166,957

0

24,380


180,778


61,579
38.4%

0.0%

5.6%


41.6%


14.2%
171,285

0

28,801


174,969


58,476

 
39.5%

0.0%

6.6%


40.4%


13.5%

 
168,822

0

25,320


193,160


50,727
38.5%

0.0%

5.8%


44.1%


11.6%
Tray 692 0.2% 631 0.1% 576 0.1% 504 0.1% 470 0.1%
Molding materials

Pyrolytic oil
692

0
0.2%

( - )
631

0
100%

( - )
576

0
100%

( - )
504

0
100%

( - )
470

0
100%

( - )


(December. 2015)
The Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association