Little is known about the volume of international recycling in Asia, the problems caused and the struggle to properly manage the trade. This pathbreaking book addresses this gap in the literature, and provides a comprehensive overview of the international trade flow of recyclable waste in Asia and related issues.
The expert contributors discuss the various types of recyclable waste that Asian countries import, and illustrate that there are consequently higher numbers of cheaper informal recyclers with lower pollution control costs than formal recyclers with more expensive but environmentally sound technologies. They explore how governments across China, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan are therefore struggling to minimize the negative impact from informal recycling via trade regulation of recyclable and hazardous waste and comprehensive cooperation mechanisms to promote efficient use of resources. Preventive measures against illegal and/or improper transboundary movement of hazardous waste in Asia are also analysed.
This unique and fascinating book aims to facilitate a common understanding of the issues caused by international recycling in Asia to encourage effective international and regional cooperation in order to establish a sound recycling system. As such, it will prove an invaluable resource to academics, researchers and students with an interest in Asian studies, economics, environmental studies, international economics and industrial economics.
Edited by Michikazu Kojima and Etsuyo Michida, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO, Japan
Contents: Preface Michikazu Kojima 1. Issues Relating to the International Trade of Second-hand Goods, Recyclable Waste, and Hazardous Waste Michikazu Kojima 2. International Trade of Recyclables and Policies to Support their Sustainable Use in Asia Etsuyo Michida 3. Recyclable Waste Trade of Mainland China Aya Yoshida 4. Import of Recyclables and Environmental Pollution in Vietnam: A New Dilemma of Development Shozo Sakata 5. South Korea's Approach to Transboundary Waste Management: Experiences and Lessons Learned Sungwoo Chung 6. Challenges in the Waste Management System in the Era of Globalization: The Case of the Philippines Vella Atienza 7. Japanese Implementation of the Basel Convention and its Problems Jun Tsuruta 8. Impact of the Raw Material Import Duty Reduction System on International Waste Trading So Sasaki 9. Lessons Learned from Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste in Asia Michikazu Kojima, Aya Yoshida, So Sasaki and Sungwoo Chung 10. From Shipbreaking to Ship Recycling: Relocation of Recycling Sites and the Expansion of International Involvement Tadayoshi Terao 11. Toward Efficient Resource Utilization in the Asian Region Michikazu Kojima Index