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Press Release

Osaka Eco Town Program Approved

July 28, 2005

The Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry jointly examined an Osaka Eco Town Program submitted by Osaka Prefectural Government, and approved it on July 28, 2005. The creativeness and innovativeness of the program includes; promoting eco town projects through creation of a network of citizens, research institutions, business entities and prefectural government; developing a recycling project in which hazardous industrial wastes discharged from small and medium industries, the core of economy of Osaka, is processed into industrial alcohol by new technology using sub-critical water reaction. The Osaka Eco Town Program is the 24th of approved program.

<Outline of the Osaka Eco Town Program>

The program aims at creating a national scale model of a sound material-cycle society in Osaka metropolitan area. In order to reinvigorate industries in Osaka through vitalizing environmental businesses, the program includes the construction of innovative private recycling facilities on a vacant lot of demolished final disposal site combined with nature restoration.

1.A recycling facility embodying new technology/new system utilizing idle lot in bay area.
Centralize recycling facilities embodying new technology/new system in idle lot in bay area.

2.Recycling facilities treating hazardous industrial wastes generated from small and medium industries
Supporting small and medium industries concentrating across the prefecture by a recycling project in which industrial wastes containing hazardous materials is processed at lower cost utilizing sub-critical water reaction.

3.Recycling facility contributing to measures for global climate change
Contributing to climate change measures through construction of recycling facilities for biomass resources including waste timber and food wastes.

4.Coordination with measures on nature restoration
Revitalize Sakai 7-3 District (closed final disposal site) to shift to a model district for creating a sound material-cycle society through creation of a "forest of co-existence" as well as the improvement of recycling facilities with participation of multiple stakeholders such as citizens, NPOs and industries.


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