End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Recycling Law, 2002

Japan Current 2002

The Law on Recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV Recycling Law) defines role sharing among and responsibilities of automobile-related businesses. Its aim is to construct a recycling system, prevent illegal dumping, reduce final disposal, and make full use of recyclable resources and reusable parts. It defines the role of automobile manufacturers and importers, businesses involved in recycling, and motor vehicle users, to facilitate the recycling of end-of-life motor vehicles. Motor vehicle owners are required to pay a fee for recycling. All four-wheeled vehicles (including large vehicles and commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses) are subject to the law. Auto manufacturers are required to report annually on how they have complied with the requirements of the law.



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All organizations - automobile manufacturers and importers, businesses involved in recycling and motor vehicle users.

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