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Recycling Policy
Overview of the Law
Entry into force : April 2001 (promulgated June 2000, as an amendment to the Resource Recycling Promotion Law, enacted in 1991)

The aim of Law for the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources is to promote integrated initiatives for the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) that are necessary for the formation of a sustainable society based on the 3Rs. In particular, it uses cabinet orders to designate the industries and product categories where businesses are required to undertake 3R initiatives, and stipulates by ministerial ordinances the details of voluntary actions that they should take. Ten industries and 69 product categories have been designated, and actions stipulated include 3R policies at the product manufacturing stage, 3R consideration at the design stage, product identification to facilitate separate waste collection, and the creation of voluntary collection and recycling systems by manufacturers, among other topics.
Law for the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources
Full text (pdf)
Order (pdf)
Ministerial Ordinance (amended in April 27, 2006, put into force in July 1, 2006)
 
 For Providing the Matters that Shall be Used by Businesses Engaged in Manufacturing, etc.
 ○The Standards of Judgment concerning Reduction in Generation of Used Products, etc.
  ・Personal Computers
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.62 of 2001)
  ・Unit-type Air Conditioners
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.63 of 2001)
  ・Television Sets
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.66 of 2001)
  ・Microwave Ovens
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.67 of 2001)
  ・Clothes Driers
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.68 of 2001)
  ・Refrigerators
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.69 of 2001)
  ・Washing Machines
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.70 of 2001)
 
 ○The Standards of Judgments concerning Promotion of Utilization of Recycled Resources
  or Reusable Parts
  ・Personal Computers
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.77 of 2001)
  ・Unit-type Air Conditioners
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.78 of 2001)
  ・Television Sets
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.82 of 2001)
  ・Microwave Ovens
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.83 of 2001)
  ・Clothes Driers
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.84 of 2001)
  ・Refrigerators
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.85 of 2001)
  ・Washing Machines
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.86 of 2001)
 

  ・Copying Machines
   (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry No.81 of 2001)
Ministerial Ordinance (pdf)
Notification (pdf)
Related Documentation
Pamphlet on Applying Identification (published 2002) (pdf)
3R Policies
Legislation
- Law for the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources
- Containers and Packaging Recycling Law
- Home Appliance Recycling Law
- End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling Law
Industrial Structure Council
White Papers and Other Report
Statistics
Information materials
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Last Update: January 25, 2007
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