2.6.3 Japanese waste reduction legislation

Act on Promoting Green Purchasing

Requires government agencies develop green purchasing policies. The government has accordingly promulgated a basic policy on promoting green purchasing for a suite of products.

End of Life Vehicle Law

Establishes a consumer paid recycling program for all four-wheel vehicles to collect chlorofluorocarbons, airbags, and shredder dust and to recycle auto parts.

Law on Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances

Required consumers and retailers to return air conditioners, television, refrigerators and freezers, and washing machines and clothes dryers to manufacturers, and required manufacturers to accept and recycle the returned products.

Basic Environmental Law

Created an environmental council tasked with drafting an environmental plan that articulates basic principles for government, corporations, and citizens to promote environmental conservation.