PROFILE Promoting recycling of waste containers and wrapping
Containers and Packaging Recycling Act and JCPRA
The Containers and Packaging Recycling Act ("the Act") was established in 1995 to meet the increasing need to reduce the volume of solid waste and make full use of recyclable resources by means of sorted collection and to recycle waste containers and wrapping. According to the concept of the Act, the Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association will fulfil its responsibility to efficiently invest and manage recycling fees paid by the specified business entities in recycling operations.
At the same time, the JCPRA coordinates the government, municipalities, consumers, specified business entities, recyclers and manufacturers who use recycled goods in their products to implement an optimum recycling circle in which each of us is aware of the respective role.
Since the Act was enforced, we have seen steady promotion of recycling of waste containers and wrapping. Reassessment of the Act was started in 2004, and the revised Container and Packaging Recycling Act went into effect in June 2006. The points of the revised act are (1) to promote the establishment of a sustainable society according to the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) defined in the Basic Act for Establishing a Recycling-Based Society, (2) to improve cost efficiency throughout society, and (3) to encourage cooperation of all interested parties including the government, municipalities, business enterprises and citizens.
The JCPRA, a government-designated organization based on the Container and Packaging Recycling Act, will continue to promote recycling according to the Act in cooperation with the government, municipalities, consumers and business enterprises, and proactively support and coordinate partnerships between these parties.
Protect the environment in Japan and contribute to sound development of the domestic economy by recycling waste containers and wrapping that conform to the sorting standards on behalf of the specified business entities, etc. under the Act on the Promotion of Sorted Collection and Recycling of Containers and Packaging (Container and Packaging Recycling Act), as well as by promoting recycling of waste containers and wrapping, enlightening consumers, and gathering and disseminating information.
Recycling Operations
Conducting recycling operations on behalf of specified business entities
Collecting waste containers and wrapping that conform to the sorting standards from municipalities
Entrusting recycling to recyclers
Promotional and educational activities, and information gathering and dissemination
Holding various explanatory meetings for interested parties
Furnishing information on websites
Publishing newsletters
Producing pamphlets, videos, etc.
Cooperating in forums and participating in exhibitions, etc.
Interchanges with domestic and international organizations
Interchanges with domestic organizations
Information exchanges with foreign organizations
Newsletter "JCPRA News" and Annual report Website
Competent Ministries
Office of Recycling Promotion, Policy Planning Division, Waste Management and Recycling Department, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of the Environment
Recycling Promotion Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Tobacco and Salt Industries Office, Coordination Division, Financial Bureau, Ministry of Finance
Alcoholic Beverage Tax Division, Taxation Department, National Tax Agency
Economic Affairs Division, Health Policy Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Food Industry Environment Policy Office, Food Industry Policy Division, General Food Policy Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Notes on Terminology
In this website, the term "containers" is used to mean bottles, boxes or the like into which merchandise is placed, and "wrapping" to mean wrapping paper or the like in which merchandise is wrapped; and the term "containers and packaging" is used to mean both only in the names of the Act and the designated organization.