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Data Entry: November 2011
Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources
The Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources was instituted in June 2000 as a result of the reform of the Law for Promotion of Utilization of Recyclable Resources (in effect since October 1991) in order to develop a framework for the overall promotion of reduction of waste generation, reuse of parts, and recycling of used products as raw materials.
II. Outline of the Law
(1) Formulation of basic policies
Relevant ministers (the competent minister of the businesses and the Minister of the Environment) formulate and publicize policies designed for the overall promotion of rationalization of resource use and use of recyclable resources and reusable parts.
(2) Responsibilities of parties concerned
Businesses are required to rationalize the use of raw materials and use recyclable resources and reusable parts.
- Business is:
- A party that conducts business operations at a plant or office
- A party engaged in the sales of goods
- A client of construction work
- Recyclable resources are:
Used products or by-products generated in plants that are useful and can be used as raw materials
- Reusable parts are:
Used goods that are useful and can be used as parts of products
Consumers are required to use products as long as possible, to facilitate the use of recyclable resources and reusable parts, and to help the national and local governments as well as businesses take actions to achieve the purpose of the Law.
 National government
The national government shall:
 Local governments
- Take funding and other measures necessary for facilitating the efficient use of resources;
- When procuring goods, give due consideration to promoting the use of recyclable resources and reusable parts;
- Strive to take necessary actions such as promotion of research and development activities and dissemination of the results of such activities for the development of science and technology that facilitates the efficient use of resources;
- Encourage the public to have a deeper understanding of the promotion of the efficient use of resources, by implementing educational and publicity programs, and strive to gain cooperation from the public for the efficient use of resources.
Local governments are required to strive to promote the efficient use of resources according to the economic and social conditions of their respective service areas.
III. Industries and products to be regulated