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Recycling Policy
METI Recycling Guidelines (By Product Category, By Sector)
METI's Recycling Guidelines (By Product Category, By Industry Sector) have the aim of promoting voluntary initiatives by businesses, and are a summary of the items that businesses should tackle in terms of waste handling and recycling. First established in December 1990 by the Industrial Structure Council, they have been revised eight times, with the most recent revision done on 13 October 2005.
At present, the guidelines cover 35 categories and 18 sectors, which together cover about 70% of general, and about 40% of industrial waste volume.
Outline of Recycling Guidelines (By Product Category) (pdf) Sept. 2004

Outline of Recycling Guidelines (By Sector) (pdf) Sept. 2004

METI Recycling Guidelines (By Product Category) (pdf) Dec. 2001

METI Recycling Guidelines (By Sector) (pdf) Jul. 2001
3R Policies
- Overview of 3R Policies
- Key Issues and Current Status
- Japan's Progress Toward a Sustainable Society
- Eco Town Program
- Local 3R Support Program
- Awards Programs
- METI Recycling Guidelines
- Identification
- October is "3R Month" in Japan
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Last Update: March 8, 2006
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