Promotion of Container and
@Container and packaging waste, including glass bottles and plastic bottles, accounts for 60 percent of domestic waste by volume and 20-30 percent by weight. In 1995 the Law for the Promotion of Sorted Collection and Recycling of Containers and Packaging was enacted defining the system in which consumers sorting out containers and packaging, municipal government collecting them, and companies recycling them. The law took full effect in April 2000.
Promotion of Home Appliance Recycling
@Based on the Law for the Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances, the recycling of household-use air-conditioners, television sets, refrigerators, and washing machines by manufactures started in April 2001. In 2004, a total of approximately 11,216,000 units of these four types of waste appliances were collected at designated collection sites. The law has been enforced favorably, and in April 2004, freezers were included in the list of the specified kinds of home appliances in addition to refrigerators.
Promotion of Food Recycling
@Food waste from the manufacturing, distribution and consumption of food, makes up 30 percent of all generated domestic waste, although only 20 percent of it is recycled into products such as fertilizer. To tackle this problem, the Law for the Promotion of the Utilization of Recyclable Food Resources was put into effect on May 2001.
|Promotion of Construction
@Waste materials such as wood and concrete from construction work account for 20 percent of all generated industrial waste and about 20 percent of all industrial waste at final disposal. They also make up 90 percent of illegally dumped waste (in FY 2004). To tackle this problem, the Law for the Recycling of Construction Materials was put into effect in May 2002
Promotion of Automobile Recycling
@In July 2002 the Law for the Recycling of End-of-life Vehicles (ELVs) was enacted. This law establishes the new ELV recycling system by mandating concerned parties such as automobile manufacturers to appropriately share the duties of the recycling. The law took full effect in January 2005.
Promotion of Recycling
@of Personal Computers and
@ Compact Secondary Batteries
@In April 2001 based on the Law for the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources, voluntary collection and recycling system by the manufacturers, for business-use personal computers as well as compact secondary batteries, started. The same type of system for household-use personal computers also started in October 2003.