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Recycling Policy
Home Appliance Recycling Law
Effective date : April 2001 (promulgated June 1998)
Outline of the Law
  The law provides for a collection and recycling (See:Note.1) system in which home appliance retailers take charge of collecting used home appliances and home appliance manufacturers take charge of recycling collected appliances.

(1) Home appliances to be regulated

  • Air conditioners
  • Television sets (limited to CRT-types)
  • Refrigerators, freezers*
  • Washing machines
  * Freezers become subject to the regulation from April 2004.

Home Appliance Recycling Law

(2) Responsibilities of parties concerned

(2-1) Consumers
  (Those who use home appliances shall pay for recycling costs.)

  • Appropriate disposal
  • Payment of costs for collection and recycling

(2-2) Home appliance retailers
  (Those who sell home appliances shall collect and transport them.)

  • Taking back home appliances, which they have sold, from businesses that dispose of them
  • Taking back home appliances at the request of consumers who buy new ones to replace old ones and proper delivering of collected home appliances of the manufacturers and importers
  • Issuing home appliance recycling coupons (See:Note.2) to manufacturers and the designated body and sending copies to dischargers
  • Displaying the costs of collecting and transporting in shop windows

(2-3) Home appliance manufacturers and importers
  (Those who manufacture home appliances shall recycle them.)

  • Taking back home appliances, which they have manufactured or imported, from retailers
  • Recycling these home appliances
  • Publishing the costs for recycling these home appliances (recycling fees)

(2-4) Designated body (Association for Electric Home Appliances)

  • Recycling home appliances whose manufacturers are unknown or those entrusted by specific manufacturers
    (manufacturers whose production volume is less than 900,000 units for air conditioners, 900,000 units for television sets, 450,000 units for refrigerators, and 450,000 units for washing machines)

(2-5) Municipalities

  • Delivering home appliances, which they have collected, to manufacturers and the designated body, as well recycling them
  • Note.1:Recycling
      "Recycling" means removing parts and materials from used home appliances and reusing them as parts or raw materials for new products or transfering them, with or without charge, to those who will reuse them. "Recycling" includes thermal recovery or using waste as fuel. However, it is currently required to satisfy the designated recycling rates* only in terms of recycling of waste as parts or raw materials of new products.

    * Recycling rate =        Weight of materials recycled        
    Weight of units treated for recycling

  • Home Appliance Recycling Law
  • Note.2:Home appliance recycling coupon
      Association for Electric Home Appliances operates the home appliance recycling coupon system, which is convenient for paying and collecting recycling fees. Recycling fees may be paid and collected via retailers or by postal transfer.
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