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7-Eleven and Mitsui join to recycle 'low-quality' plastic bottles

France's Veolia heads Japan venture that promises to clean up pollution

Seven & i is part of a joint venture that intends to build a system to keep plastic bottles thrown away in Japan from polluting Southeast Asia. (Photo by Yuma Ikeshita)

TOKYO -- The Japanese parent of 7-Eleven and trading company Mitsui & Co. are joining with France's Veolia on a joint venture intended to keep plastic bottles thrown away in Japan from polluting Southeast Asia.

The project allows the recycling of what are considered low-quality bottles, those that contain impurities, which has been previously difficult.

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