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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.
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