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Car battery recycling system
To promote recycling to protect the environment and make effective use of natural resources
In recent years, protecting the environment for future generations has become an important issue. So has the need to recycle our limited natural resources in order to make effective use of them. In turn, society is becoming more concerned about these issues, and the government is introducing stronger laws and regulations regarding them.
With the remarkable economic growth and improved quality of life we have achieved over the past century, the car has become an indispensable mode of transportation in our daily lives. All manufacturers of car batteries, which are essential features of the car, are working to extend the life and improve the quality of their products and to develop batteries that can be used without concerns for safety.
Implementing an industry-wide trade-in system for the proper disposal of batteries.
The law further stipulates the "cooperation of business organizations" (article 6-3) and, since June 1994, storage battery manufacturers have been requested by both the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry to ensure the proper disposal of used batteries as "items requiring proper handling" (article 19-2, "business owners can be required to take necessary measures.")
Details of the request
The requirement calls for necessary measures to be taken to ensure the proper disposal of waste (article 19-2 of the law).
Basic BAJ policy
Storage battery manufacturers collect and recycle used car batteries through the trade-in system.
Under the direction of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the BAJ ensures the proper disposal of used car batteries through the adoption of the trade-in system, a system in which storage battery manufacturers act also as waste discharge organizations, using reverse distribution to collect used car batteries accepted at stores for free from end users.
■ What is the trade-in system for storage battery manufacturers acting as waste discharge organizations?
Flow chart for the trade-in recycling system in which lead-acid storage battery manufacturers are the waste discharge organizations
What are cooperative recycling stores?
Stores that support the lead recycling program proposed by the BAJ in October 1994, and those of car and motorcycle batteries, particularly those who agreed to cooperate in receiving used batteries from general users for free.
Cooperative recycling stores display this sticker.
What are dispatch points?
Stores other than dispatch points should return the used car batteries for free to their wholesaler, sales agent, or representative agency at the time they reorder new products. (Permission of the collection and transportation business of the wholesalers, sales agent or representative agency is not necessary.*)
* Accepting trade-ins and collecting and transporting used batteries for free as a business practice when selling new products does not require permission to collect or transport. This is written in paragraph 10. Other (2), in the September 29, 2000, Ministry of Health, and Welfare, Environmental Health Bureau, Industrial Waste Division notice 79, entitled "Industrial waste processing operation and specially controlled industrial waste treatment and industrial waste processing facilities approval administration." Here, the law allows trade-ins.
Processing used car batteries in accordance with the law
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