The Alliance for the Blue association and the Nippon Foundation are behind these efforts. Alliance for the Blue is made up of some 30 companies that are dedicated to the production, sale and recycling of plastic products. Last year, they came together to form the consorcium, which aims to help solve the problem of marine pollution.
By weight, fishing nets and ropes account for up to 40 percent of the plastic waste that reaches Japanese beaches. The group notes that only a limited amount of these products are recycled. They mention as a reason that it is cheaper to dispose of them in landfills rather than recycling them.
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