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The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is promoting the "3Rs" in order to create a sustainable society : one that has balance between the environment and the economy.
What are the '3Rs'?
The term the "3Rs" is an acronym for "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and other government agencies are promoting the "3Rs" in order to create a sustainable society based on the 3Rs : a society that pursues environmental protection as well as economic growth. image
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Reduce:
Reducing the amount of waste by increasing the efficiency of resource use and extending the useful life of products.
Reuse:
Using the "recyclable resources" from used items again, as products or parts, after giving them proper treatment. ("Recyclable resources" are the useful parts or components of waste, used products and byproducts.)
Recycle:
Using the "recyclable resources" as the raw materials to make new products.
What's New?
   
Feb. 14, 2010 Resource-Recyclling Handbook:
Legislation and Treends with 3Rs(2010)
Jan. 24, 2008 Eco-Town Projects / Environmental Industries in Progress Environment-Conscious Type of  Town-Building Case Introduction (pdf)
Jan. 16, 2007 Act on the Promotion of Sorted Collection and Recycling of Containers and Packaging (pdf)
Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources (pdf)
Nov. 28, 2005 Waste Recycling Governance Guidelines for Waste Generating Companies(pdf)
Jan. 17, 2005 Report of  the Industrial Structure Council :  Toward a Sustainable Asia Based on the 3Rs  (October 2004)
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3r-info■meti.go.jp
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Last Update: February 14, 2010
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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