This was our third round of research we did at Tsunoshima Beach on May 17th. When we started this research many people thought that Korea was the biggest polluter but we confirmed for the third time that Japan is the number one polluter. This is important because we need to start the push to clean the beaches here in Japan and realize that beach pollution is first, a Japanese problem.
We should also ask ourselves why there are thousands of Japanese PET bottles, cans, and other items on the beaches. It is obvious that some trash is dumped and part of the reason may be that people have to pay to throw the items away at the recycling center. Although, it is free on designated days in your local area, if someone were to miss that day it may be more convenient to illegally dump the trash. Also, in regard to large items such as refrigerators and televisions, the cost is fairly high ranging from $10.00 to $50.00. I have personally seem some televisions in the local forest and almost had to pay $50.00 to recycle a refrigerator I found on Hagi beach.
In some places, such as California, Hawaii and Maine (U.S.A.) the city offers to pay for each bottle/can that is delivered to a recycling center. The payment is only a few cents but when someone has many bottles, it can add up to a few dollars. Also, in regard to large items, the city will pick these items up for free if it is previously arranged. **In regards to the below chart, we removed the unknown items (633 pieces) and grouped Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand into South East Asia.**