Together with the Global 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 2018

The volume of waste materials generated by KOKUYO Group (32 companies) business offices in 2018 was 22,640 tons (previous year: 20,409 tons), and the recycling rate was 96.6% (previous year: 96.8%). We generated 3,300 tons of waste materials on construction sites (previous year: 3,750 tons) with a recycling rate of 88.0% (previous year: 82.7%). 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.

Measures Taken at Offices

The volume of waste materials generated by offices in 2018 was 760 tons (previous year: 1,248 tons), and the recycling rate was 97.6% (previous year: 90.5%). 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 2018 was 11,062 tons (previous year: 10,407 tons), and the recycling rate was 96.3% (previous year: 96.3%). The KOKUYO Group has already achieved zero emissions in relation to industrial waste materials from our own factories in Japan. The recycling rate for overseas factories in 2018 was 85.7%. 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 2018 was 10,818 tons (previous year: 8,754 tons), and the recycling rate was 96.8% (previous year: 98.4%). Cardboard, wooden pallets and other packaging materials used for packing products in the logistics process are repaired and re-used. In 2018, 26 tons of cardboard and wooden pallets were re-used. We strive to continue using resources efficiently.

Reusing and Recycling End-of-Life Products

Desk disassembly

Desk disassembly

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 2,220 tons of office desks and chairs and other used products. Approximately 70 tons of the collected products were reused, and those that could not be reused were dismantled and sorted for recycling.