ROLE OF JCPRA Towards building an optimum recycling circle
Estimating obligatory recycling amount
Every fiscal year, the government surveys the amount of containers and wrapping used or manufactured by the specified business entities, and the type of materials, uses and shapes. Based on the results obtained from these surveys, and the planned amounts of sorted collection*1 and recycling*2, the total obligatory recycling amount and the rate of responsibility by industries will be determined. They are formally determined after discussions in the Industrial Structure Council and listening to public comments, and the figures are used to find coefficients for the responsible rate allocated to each of specified business entities by industries and types of containers and wrapping.

*1 Planned amount of sorted collection
Announced by the Ministry of the Environment every fiscal year based on the figure for the planned amount of sorted collection submitted from each municipal government.
*2 Planned amount of recycling
Defined by the competent ministry for the total capacity of the equipment in the Japanese facilities that can recycle waste in the current fiscal year.
JCPRA and Specified Business Entities
Recycling contract
The JCPRA operates recycling business on behalf of the specified business entities that pay recycling fees to the JCPRA according to the amount of used or manufactured containers and wrapping. Recycling fees deposited by the specified business entities are paid to recyclers from the JCPRA after the JCPRA confirms that waste containers and wrapping have been recycled properly. The amount of recycling fees deposited to the JCPRA will be adjusted at the account settlement if there is an excess or deficiency.
JCPRA and Recyclers
Entrust recycling operations
The sorted waste transferred from municipalities is transported and recycled by the recyclers*3 entrusted by the JCPRA. The recyclers registered after strict examination by the JCPRA are eligible to participate in public tenders for recycling sorted waste by storage facilities, and appropriate recyclers are selected through bidding every fiscal year.
The recycling sites are subject to on-site inspections to ensure proper operation. Recycling fees are paid to recyclers after it has been confirmed that the recycled materials have been sold to the users of these goods.

*3 Recyclers
Recyclers and forward agents are included.
JCPRA and Municipalities and Consumers
Acceptance of sorted waste
To understand the actual amount of waste transferred to the JCPRA from each municipality, the JCPRA conducts surveys on the amount of transferred waste that conform to the sorting standards. Based on the figures obtained from these surveys, the budget for recycling waste in the next fiscal year is drafted, and the unit recycling cost allocated to the specified business entities is estimated.
The sorted waste cannot be recycled if it contains foreign matter. The JCPRA promotes the improvement of quality of waste through surveys on the quality of waste containers and wrapping that conform to the sorting standards.
The results of surveys on the amount of waste transferred from municipalities, products made from recycled materials, and other information are presented on this JCPRA website.
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.