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Data Entry: November 2011

Hokkaido Prefecture Recycled Products Authorization System

The Hokkaido Prefectural Government operates the Hokkaido Prefecture Recycled Products Authorization System to encourage the use of recycled products by certifying and advertising such products that have been manufactured in Hokkaido Prefecture from recyclable waste materials generated in the prefecture and meet specific standards.

 

Category

Standard

Quality

Products specified by Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) or Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS)

Compliance with JIS or JAS

Products not specified by JIS or JAS but specified by the common construction specifications specified by the Hokkaido Prefectural Government

Compliance with the common construction specifications specified by the Hokkaido Prefectural Government

Products other than the above

Compliance with standards specified by a public institution or related industrial association and deemed appropriate by the Governor or with those recognized by the Governor as standards for authorized products

Other (common requirements)

Compliance with laws and ordinances applicable to the product

 

Products shall meet the applicable quality criteria if they fall in the specific purchase item category specified in the Environmentally Sound Goods Purchase Guidelines specified in accordance with the Hokkaido Prefecture Green Purchase Policy.

Environmental safety considerations

Products that could involve leaching out into the environment shall meet the following standards.

(1) The product's leaching test results obtained under the environmental conditions in which the product is to be used shall meet the environmental standards concerning soil pollution stipulated in Paragraph 1, Article 16 of the Basic Act on Environment (Act No. 91, 1993).

(2) The product shall meet the environmental standards in line with soil pollution stipulated in Article 7 of the Act on Special Measures against Dioxins (Act No. 105, 1999).

 

Mixing rate

Products subject to the mixing rate criteria specified by the Eco Mark certification standards specified by the Japan Environment Association, or those that fall under the specific purchase item category specified in the Environmentally Sound Goods Purchase Guidelines specified in accordance with the Hokkaido Prefecture Green Purchase Policy.

In principle, the product shall meet the mixing rate requirement specified in the Eco Mark certification standards or in the criteria for specific purchase items.1

Products other than the above

In principle, recyclable materials shall account for at least 50% of the product.2

Whether to determine the mixing rate relative to the product's whole weight (or volume) or to the weight (or volume) of the relevant component of the product shall be decided case-by-case, taking into account the product features, such as the structure and constituents.

Notes:
1. Products shall be assessed case-by-case whether they meet, aside from these standards, the certification criteria of a third party deemed to be appropriate by the Governor.
2. Even if it is difficult for production engineering or quality reasons to use recyclable materials at a mixing rate of 50% or more, products found to be certainly effective for encouraging the use of recyclable materials or in promoting environmental education in Hokkaido Prefecture shall be assessed for eligibility case-by-case.

 

Step from Application to Authorization (Authorized Recycled Product)


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