What is “Japanese Containers and Packaging recycling Law” ?

60% of Municipal Solid 

Waste in Japan Consists of

“Containers” and “Wrapping”

What Do“Containers”




and Manufacturers


Each year about 50 million tons of waste is discarded by households in Japan. This, along with lack of landfill sites, has become a major social problem. Since about 60% of this waste by volume consists of “discarded containers and wrapping,” reduction of this volume and recycling have become an urgent issue. It was under these conditions that the Containers and Packaging Recycling Law was born in 1995.

Ratio of “Containers and Wrapping” Waste

(Source:1995 Survey by the Ministry of Health and Welfare)

“Containers” are bottles, cans, boxes, bags or the like into which merchandise is placed, and “wrapping” is sheets or the like in which merchandise is wrapped. Under the Containers and Packaging Recycling Law, containers and wrapping are defined as those items “which become unnecessary when the contents have been consumed or removed.”

Major “Containers” and “Wrapping” That Come under This Law

 Glass containers (No Color, Brown, Other Color)

 PET bottles (for non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and soy sauce)

 Paper containers and wrapping

 Plastic containers and wrapping (other than PET bottles)

The four materials below have market value when selectively collected, so the law does not require recycling by the specified business entities.

  • Steel cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Paper drink packs
  • Corrugated cardboard

Under the law, the following are considered the “specified business entities”:

(1) business entities that use “containers” or “wrapping” for merchandise they manufacture or sell,

(2) business entities that manufacture “containers”,

(3) business entities that import and sell “containers” or merchandise in “containers” or “wrapping”.

They have been assigned the responsibility to recycle in accordance with the volume that they manufacture or sell. Nonetheless, it would be difficult for the specified business entities to recycle on their own, so this is not realistic. To provide assistance, a method has been created that allows the specified businesses to fulfil their obligations by paying a “recycling fee” to the Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association, a government-designated organization.

The Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association



Protect the environment in Japan and contribute to sound development of the domestic economy by recycling containers and wrapping waste through contracts with the specified business entities, municipalities and recyclers under the Law for Promotion of Selective Collection and Recycling of Containers and Packaging.


Recycling operations.

Promote smoothly recycling of containers and wrapping waste.

Dissemination and educational activities.

  • Publishing newsletters
  • Creating various pamphlets
  • PR via the homepage
  • Producing video programs
  • Cooperation for lectures and explanatory meetings

Gathering and disseminating of information

We gather various kinds of information regarding recycling of containers and wrapping and make it available to the public.

Interchange and cooperative activities

  • Informal consultations with related organizations
  • Interchange with foreign organizations 

For further details please contact:

The Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association

Yuse Fukushi Kotohira BIdg. (2nd Floor.), 1-14-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan



General Affairs Division (General Affairs)

Phone ÷81-3-5532-8697, Fax +81-3-5532-9698

General Affairs Division (Accounting)

Phone ÷81-3-5532-8696, Fax +81-3-5532-9698

Public Relations Division

Phone +81-3-5532-8667, Fax +81-3-5532-9698

Research and Planning Division

Phone +81-3-5532-8558, Fax +81-3-5532-8515

Glass Bottle Division

Phone:+81-3-5532-8695, Fax +81-3-5532-8515

PET Bottle Division

Phone : +81-3-5532-8627, Fax +81-3-5532-8515

Paper Division

Phone : +81-3-5532-8557, Fax +81-3-5532-8515

Plastics Division

Phone : +81-3-5532-8608, Fax +81-3-5532-8515