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Daily waste volume per person in Japan FY 2005-2018

In the fiscal year 2018, the average daily volume of waste produced per capita in Japan amounted to 938 grams, a decrease from around 1,131 grams in the 2005 fiscal year. When including the number of foreigners in the country, the daily volume of waste per person was 918 grams on average. The total amount of waste generated in the country reached approximately 42.7 million metric tons in fiscal 2018. Of the total volume of waste produced, close to 70 percent came from households.

Waste in Japan

The majority of waste collected in Japan is processed in facilities for incineration, disruption, or recycling. The waste that cannot be either incinerated or recycled is cast into landfill. In fiscal 2018, the total volume of final waste disposed in landfill amounted to approximately 3.8 million metric tons. The average amount of final waste disposal per person was 82 grams daily. Landfill sites in the country have a current remaining capacity of about 101 cubic hectometers, which can be calculated to 21.6 lasting years. Despite the steady decrease in the amount of final waste in the country, Japan is continuously facing a shortage of landfill sites.


Sorting of waste in Japan is usually done by the citizens. Waste must be subdivided into categories for collection and it is not picked up if the strict waste separation rules are not followed. In fiscal 2018, the recycling rate of the total waste generated in the country reached almost 20 percent. Paper was the material that was most recycled both from the waste collected by municipalities and community groups.

Average daily amount of waste generated per capita in Japan from fiscal year 2005 to 2018

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

fiscal year 2005 to 2018; the Japanese fiscal year starts on April 1 of the stated year and ends on March 31 of the following year

Supplementary notes

Waste generation per person per day = (Waste from life activities + Waste from business activities ) /total population /365 (or 366)

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