【Rules of the Asia Network of Organics Recycling】
●Article 1. Name
The organization shall be named the Asia Network of Organics Recycling (ANOR).
●Article 2. Definition
1. Organics: Food waste, human and animal excreta, sludge, agricultural and forestry waste, food processing waste, and other biological waste which contain usable constituents.
2. Recycling: Any human activities which involve the conversion of organics to valuable products such as fertilizer, animal feed, heat and energy, etc., and the efficient use of the products to reduce environmental burdens of organics waste.
●Article 3. Aim
1．Humans must prevent the deterioration of Earth’s environment and conserve Earth as a beautiful planet with clean air, water and land, and as a planet rich in various resources.
Now is the time to improve social and economic systems from those of mass production, mass consumption and mass disposal to those of material recycling, and to reduce environmental burden of waste disposal.
2. The Network shall aim to contribute to the preservation of the Earth’s environment, the creation of a sustainable society and the prosperity of the people by reducing organic waste and promoting maximum diversion of organic materials from landfill and incineration to utilization as organic resources.
●Article 4. Membership
1. Network members shall be organizations involved in policy-making, implementation, education, and promotion of organic recycling, including government agencies, academic societies,
associations, private companies and other organizations located in Asian areas including Australia and New Zealand.
2. Members shall be those who approve of the rules of the Network, apply for membership, and are admitted by the Steering Committee as set forth in Article 7.
3. Each member shall notify the Steering Committee of the name and title of the persons within it’s organization who are responsible for ANOR activities and designate a representative to the Steering Committee in advance of a General Meetings of the Network and other occasions requiring the attendance of representatives.
●Article 5. Activities
The Network shall conduct the following activities to attain its aim set forth in Article 3. 1. With regard to the present situation and future challenges of organics recycling and environmental conservation activities, the Network shall exchange information and opinions based on science among members, deepen mutual understanding to develop friendship, and promote the recycling of organic resources.
2. The Network shall facilitate support and cooperation among members in promoting the awareness of and developing human resources for organic resource recycling.
3. The Network shall set standards for the smooth distribution of products made from recycled resources in the region and develop these standards in stages into international standards.
4. For the smooth promotion of the activities described above, the Network shall strengthen its links to and cooperation with organizations engaged in similar activities in other areas, such as Europe and the United States.
5. The Network shall conduct other activities required for the achievement of its aim.
●Article 6. Member Activities
1. Members, in carrying out activities set forth in Article 5, shall make efforts to increase members and may, if necessary, establish a regional organization of the Network following discussions among and approval from members in each country and region.
2. Members shall establish their own Web sites as early as possible and link them with other Web sites both within and outside the region to facilitate exchanges of information.
3. Members shall autonomously conduct their activities at their own discretion and cost.
4. Members shall be expelled when they have been found to have acted against the interest of the Network.
5. English shall be the common language among members.
●Article 7. Steering Committee
1. The Network shall be managed by a Steering Committee.
2. The Steering Committee shall have one Chairperson and one Vice Chairperson as directors. Directors shall be elected by the committee members and may be reelected.
3. The Steering Committee shall do following activities.
(1) Deciding ANOR’s activity plan.
(2) Modification of ANOR’s rules
(3) Admissions of new members.
(4) Preparing and calling General Meeting
(5) Other issues as deemed necessary.
4. The Steering Committee shall hold a meeting by e-mail in principle at any time when a majority of the Steering Committee members require and/or the secretariat needs.
(1) A Steering Committee meeting shall be chaired by the Chairperson, or by the Vice Chairperson in case the former is not capable of participating.
(2) The Steering Committee shall make decisions by a majority vote of the Steering Committee members attending the meeting.
●Article 8. Steering Committee members
1. The number of the Steering Committee Members shall be from five to nine.
The Steering Committee Members shall be elected by a vote of member representatives at a General Meeting which may be held by e-mail in principle.
2. TThe number of Steering Committee Members from each country or each region shall be limited to one.
3. The Steering Committee Members shall exchange opinions by e-mail to accomplish ANOR’s activities and can fix ANOR’s policy by e-mail if a majority of the Steering Committee Members agree.
4. The term of service shall be two years, which may be updated.
●Article 9. General Meeting
1. A General Meeting shall be held by e-mail in principle at any time when a majority of the Steering Committee members require and/or the secretariat needs.
2. A General Meeting shall be attended by members of the Network and shall be chaired by the Chairperson, or the Vice chairperson of the Steering Committee in case the former is not capable of participating.
3. Each member shall have one vote and decisions shall be made by a majority vote of members attending the meeting.
4. A General Meeting shall decide the following issues.
(1) Election of the Steering Committee Members.
(2) Other issues deemed necessary to be decided.
●Article 10. Secretariat
A secretariat shall be established for the administration of the Network including preparing and calling General Meetings and Steering Committee Meetings.
2. The Secretariat shall remain with the organization to which the chairperson of the Steering Committee belongs.
●Article 11. Management Expenses
1. Expenses required for regional activities shall be born by regional members.
2. General expenses of the Network such as the administration cost of a Secretariat shall be covered voluntarily by the relevant parties.
3. Donations and subsidies to ANOR shall be accepted from third parties. In case of it’s realization, further arrangements shall be added to ANOR’s rules.
●Article 12. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Network shall start on July 1st and end on June 30th the year after next.
●Article 13. Withdrawal from Membership
Members may withdraw from the Network at their discretion.
●Article 14. Others
Issues to be set forth for the administration and management of the Network other than those set forth in these rules shall be set forth by the Steering Committee.
According to provisions set forth in Article 10, the Secretariat shall remain with the Japan Organics Recycling Association(JORA) from July 1st 2006 till June 30th, 2008.