Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is looking to introduce recycling bins to begin collection the country’s hearty supply of disposable chopsticks. It appears, that on average, each of that nations 127 million souls discards 200 sets annually.
The resulting 90,000 tons of wood will be used to make biofuels in some unspecified way.
Whatever happened to wipe-clean hardwood chopsticks that were handed down from father to son, mother to daughter for generations? Would the Japanese government be better popularising socks so that people had some where to stash their reusable chopsticks when they’re not in use?