Japan Plastic Recycle & Development Association

The Japan Plastic Recycle & Development Association is a nationwide association of plastic recycling and processing companies. It was founded in June 1976 for the purpose of promoting plastic processing and recycling (effective use of plastic waste) and expanding this industry. With the support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Plastic Waste Management Institute (PWMI), it has worked to establish friendly and mutually beneficial ties among its members, develop recycling/processing technologies, popularize recycled products, and inform the public through various educational activities such as holding product exhibitions and publishing pamphlets. It’s members currently number about 30 companies.

Thanks to this support and these activities, the general public has come to have a greater understanding of recycled products, which have come to be recognized as part of the family of plastic products. Our aim is to provide products of even higher quality at even lower cost. In short, this means “inexpensive but of good quality,” which is the basis of monozukuri—the Japanese style of manufacturing. With an obsession for core technologies, we seek to lower costs by making ongoing improvements while striving to add even more value to recycled products.

Furthermore, to deal with pressing environmental problems affecting the entire world, we are also expanding activities that reflect environmental policies of the Japanese government such as reduction of CO2 emissions. For example, we have registered the amount of CO2 emissions produced in the manufacture of polyethylene-and-polypropylene recycled pellets in the Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) program. And as the next step in this activity, we are working on methods for calculating and visualizing the amount of CO2 emissions produced in the manufacture of the final product based on these pellets.

Going forward, we are committed to working with all association members in a united effort to help achieve an economically and environmentally enhanced society toward the formation of a recycling-oriented society.

To all concerned, we ask that you look into the products provided by the member companies of the Japan Plastic Recycle & Development Association and we look forward to your ongoing understanding and support of recycled products.