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.

Summary for 2020

The volume of waste materials generated by the group’s 31 business offices1 in 2020 was 19,785 tons (previous year: 23,446 tons), and the recycling rate was 96.6% (previous year: 96.4%). We generated 2,973 tons of waste materials on construction sites (previous year: 4,150 tons) with a recycling rate of 82.0% (previous year: 85.2%). 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 CSR Data Snapshots

Office waste

In 2020, our offices produced 790 tons of waste (compared to 694 tons in 2019) and recycled 97.3% of waste (compared to 95.9% in 2019). Although there is a limit to what an office can do, our office staff are doing their bit by separating waste and going paperless.

Factory waste

In 2020, our factories produced 9,930 tons of waste (compared to 10,999 tons in 2019) and recycled 96.7% of waste (compared to 95.3% in 2019).

Since 2009, our Japanese production sites produce zero emissions when disposing of waste. Overall, they recycled 99.8% of waste (compared to 99.4% in 2019), because plasterboard at Mie plant is now reused (material recycling) instead of being burned for energy (thermal recycling).

In 2020, our overseas production sites recycled 87.4% of waste (compared to 81.4% in 2019). We encourage each of these sites to reduce and recycle, while taking into account local recycling standards.

Waste in distribution channels

In 2020, our distribution channels produced 9,066 tons of waste (compared to 11,753 tons in 2019) and recycled 96.4% of waste (compared to 97.3% in 2019). Cardboard and wooden pallets used in packaging are repaired and reused. We will continue our active efforts to use resources effectively.

KOKUYO products: Reuse, recycle

For certain cases, we encourage customers to return used products so that they can be reused or recycled. In 2020, KOKUYO Logitem collected around 1,988 tons of used office furniture (desks, chairs, and so on). Around 230 tons of the collected furniture was salvaged for reuse. The remainder was dismantled and sorted for recycling.

A desk being dismantled and sorted