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Current State of the Implementation of Recycling in FY2018 Based on the Act on Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances

April 16, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) hereby announce the compiled current state of the implementation of recycling in FY2018 based on the Act on Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances (Act No. 97 of 1998; hereinafter referred to as the “Home Appliances Recycling Act”).

The number of appliances of the four types of discarded home appliances collected by home appliance manufacturers and other businesses at designated collection locations in FY2018 was approximately 13.56 million units, showing an increase by 14.1% from that in FY2017. The figure marked the highest amount since the enforcement of the Home Appliances Recycling Act began, except in the period between FY2009 and FY2011 when the number of collected television sets increased due to the shift to the digital terrestrial broadcast system and other factors. In addition, the collection rate using shipment volume as the denominator was 59.7% and exceeded the target for FY2018, which was 56%.

1. Home Appliances Recycling Act

The Home Appliances Recycling Act targets four types of home appliances, namely air conditioners; television sets (cathode-ray tube type, and liquid crystal or plasma type); refrigerators and freezers; and washing machines and laundry dryers, and requires retailers to collect such appliances from customers who wish to dispose of them and to deliver them to the manufacturers or other businesses where the products originated, and requires manufacturers or other businesses to collect the appliances and recycle or reuse them.

2. Current state of the implementation of recycling in FY2018

The number of appliances of the four types of discarded home appliances collected by home appliance manufacturers and other businesses at designated collection locations in FY2018 was approximately 13.56 million units (about a 14.1% increase from the previous fiscal year). The figure was not only an increase by 14.1% from FY2017, but it also marked the highest amount since the enforcement of the Home Appliances Recycling Act began (in FY2001), except in the period between FY2009 and FY2011 when the number of collected television sets increased due to the shift to the digital terrestrial broadcast system and other factors.

In addition, the collection rate using shipment volume as the denominator and the number of home appliances collected and recycled appropriately (including those reused by the manufacturers) as the numerator was 59.7%, an increase by 6.3% from FY2017 and exceeding the target for FY2018, which was 56%.

The number of appliances of the four targeted types of home appliances that were illegally dumped and collected by municipalities throughout Japan is estimated at about 54,200, which is generally unchanged from the previous fiscal year. As for the ratio by item, air conditions accounted for 1.9%, cathode-ray tube type television sets accounted for 40.1%, liquid crystal or plasma type television sets accounted for 19.1%, electric refrigerators and freezers accounted for 23.4%, and washing machines and laundry dryers accounted for 15.5%.

Please refer to the appendix for further details.

Appendix

Division in Charge

Environmental Affairs and Recycling Office, IT Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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