I have to write about the subject "Recycling in Japan". I need all kinds of info! Thank youI have to write about the subject "Recycling in Japan". I need all kinds of info! Thank you

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The sites below will give you a very good start on the topic of Recycling in Japan.  The Japanese are relatively new at the recycling initiatives, as the first law regarding recycling was passed in the mid 1990s.  However, the effectiveness has been compelling in future legislation passed.  The Containers and Packaging Recycling Act was established in 1995, and it was one of the first pieces of legislation passed, aimed at recycling in Japan on a broad scale.  From this, other laws were passed such as the Appliance Recycling Act of 2001, where Japanese manufacturers, merchants, and consumers were mandated to recycle appliances such as televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners, washers, and dryers.  Like the Container act, the desire to decrease landfill consumption was one of the driving forces, and one of the targeted effects.  Currently, Japan's recycling efforts involve separating consumer waste into ten or even more categories, making Japanese landfills significantly less than American landfills.  The websites below can generate more information and details for your report.  I would pay special attention to the econedlink lesson, which features many graphs, pdf files of reports, and other information that allows you gain some valuable data in recycling efforts in Japan and comparisions to the United States.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Japan is a forerunner, or leading innovator, in Japan by sheer necessity. Japan is a very small island that is very densely populated. They need to come up with creative ways to use space and all other kinds of resources, because they don't have much land.
giorgiana1976 | Student
Recovery and reuse recyclable resources are means of resolving the contradiction between the economical growth and the restrictive nature of resources. Recycling is a concept of the twentieth century and emerged as one of the possibilities to limit waste and use resources more efficiently. It became more and more clear that  industrialization and sustainable population growth have led to consumption of increasingly high quantities of resources. In this way, it occurred, very recently, the problem of waste and limiting resources. In 1948 was founded in Paris, on the initiative of the 4 countries (France, Great Britain, Holland, Belgium) International Bureau recovery, non-profit organization, whose members are national federations representing the recycling companies from the entire world. In the recycling field, the  following strategies are required: prevention of waste, waste recovery systems by optimizing the collection and sorting; final elimination of waste that have not found a recovery. The concept of recycling includes 3 categories: natural transformation, the transformation to open circuit, closed circuit transformation. Japan was among the first countries that have become sensitive to the consumption of resources because it imports nearly all of them. Japan has begun to recognize that the crisis conscious and unconscious, achieving that- as archaeologists have said-more civilizations have disappeared because of their negligence to protect the environment. To survive, Japan began to practice recycling. In 1992 a law established recycling and although its effects were not large, prepared the way for effective recycling. Annually, there are produced 50 million cars-15 million cars in the U.S., 10 million in Europe, 10 million in Japan. Japanese production of 5 million per year are removed from service. Since a car consumes at least one tonne of material, from 50 million tonnes of resources are consumed only for the manufacture of motor vehicles. Also, 15 million pieces of household appliances are disused. All these wastes contain many resources lost. An example is a  electronic computer.Acesta is a small device, but requires manufacturing gold 0.01 g, equivalent to 18 yen. Because  such a quantity is used, it is difficult to recover. The problem arises when taking into account the whole of Japan is 100 million computers pocket, which means a consumption of 1 tonne of gold. This tone is discharged into the environment without being recovered. Japanese industry recovers only 36% of aluminum, copper 47%, 39% lead, the remaining waste materials get used. Given this situation, Japan also proposed to start a comprehensive recycling program, among which an important place it occupies in the recycling of cars. Japanese Recycling is divided into 3 categories: material recycling, chemical recycling ,recycling at temperature.

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