Environment

Resource-saving and Recycling Measures

To promote the growth of a recycling-oriented society, we endeavor to reduce, reuse, and recycle by effectively utilizing limited resources.

Goals Actual Achievements

Summary for 2019

The volume of waste materials generated by KOKUYO Group (31 companies) business offices in 2019(*1) was 23,446 tons (previous year: 22,640 tons), and the recycling rate was 96.4% (previous year: 96.6%).
The primary reason for this year-on-year decrease was that recycling rates for overseas factories fell from 85.7% in 2018 to 81.4% in 2019.
We generated 4,150 tons of waste materials on construction sites (previous year: 3,350 tons) with a recycling rate of 85.2% (previous year: 88.0%). The responsibilities of the prime contractor with respect to the disposition of waste materials generated on construction sites have been clarified, and the obligations of the waste-generating company have been tightened.
Efforts were made to contain waste materials in part through a review of the methods by which parts subject to processing at construction sites are ordered. As waste materials generated on construction sites are not homogenous, there are many cases in which recycling is difficult due to the intermingling of various types of waste materials in a given batch. Nevertheless, we will continue to properly dispose of waste materials in conjunction with the implementation of controls on their generation and aim to achieve our medium- and long-term target of 100% for the rate at which waste materials are recycled.

*1 Refer to CSR Data

Measures Taken at Offices

The volume of waste materials generated by offices in 2019 was 694 tons (previous year: 760 tons), and the recycling rate was 95.9% (previous year: 97.6%).
While there are limits to what can be done at offices, we are working on measures including being thorough in the sorting of waste, and promoting paperless work.

Measures Taken at Factories

The volume of waste materials generated by factories in 2019 was 10,999 tons (previous year: 11,062 tons), and the recycling rate was 95.3% (previous year: 96.3%).
The KOKUYO Group had successfully achieved zero emissions in relation to industrial waste materials from its own factories in Japan since 2009. However, Mie Plant switched from thermal recycling to material recycling for its particle board, and this resulted in the generation of some residue. As a result, the recycling rate for industrial waste materials fell to 99.4%; however, this fall is a result of prioritizing resource circulation.
The recycling rate for overseas factories in 2019 was 81.4%. We are working to limit the discharge of waste materials and to increase recycling, while considering the different circumstances related to recycling in each country.

Measures Taken by the Logistics Division

The volume of waste materials generated by the Logistics Division in 2019 was 11,753 tons (previous year: 10,818 tons), and the recycling rate was 97.3% (previous year: 96.8%). Cardboard, wooden pallets and other packaging materials used for packing products in the logistics process are repaired and re-used. In 2019, approximately 10 tons of cardboard and wooden pallets were re-used. We strive to continue using resources efficiently.

Reusing and Recycling End-of-Life Products

Disassembly and separation of desks

Disassembly and separation of desks

When we deliver products, we pick up end-of-life products for disposal from customers and recycle or reuse these items depending on their condition.
KOKUYO Logitem collected 2,325 tons of office desks and chairs and other used products. Approximately 190 tons of the collected products were reused, and those that could not be reused were dismantled and sorted for recycling.