Environmental Conservation

Resource-saving and Recycling Measures

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

Goals Actual Achievements

Summary for 2017

Improving the Accuracy of Data on Waste Materials

The volume of waste materials generated by KOKUYO Group business offices in 2017, including all consolidated subsidiaries, was 20,409 tons (including 98 tons at non-consolidated sales companies). This was an increase of 953 tons.

Approximately 600 tons of this amount resulted from increased production at factories.

Measures Taken at Factories

The recycling rate in factories in 2017 was 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 2017 was 84.8%. 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 recycling rate in 2017 for the Logistics Division was 98.4%. Cardboard, wooden pallets and other packaging materials used for packing products in the logistics process are repaired and re-used. In 2017, 30 tons of cardboard and wooden pallets were re-used. We strive to continue efficiently using resources.

Treatment of Waste Materials at Construction Sites

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.

In 2017, 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 a result, we determined that we generate approximately 3,750 tons of waste materials on construction sites with a recycling rate of approximately 82.7%.

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

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.

In 2017, KOKUYO Logitem collected 1,820 tons of office desks and chairs and other used products. Approximately 180 tons of the collected products were reused, and those that could not be reused were dismantled and sorted for recycling.