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Showa Denko Group Recycles 4.85 Million Aluminum Cans in FY2016

Showa Denko K.K.
May 29, 2017

Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO: 4004), its Group companies, and their cooperative companies continued to perform aluminum can recycling activity in fiscal 2016 (April 2016 – March 2017), collecting approximately 4.85 million cans: equivalent to about 76 tons of aluminum when converted at the rate of 15.6 grams of aluminum per can.

Showa Aluminum Can Corporation, a consolidated subsidiary of SDK, started its aluminum can recycling activity in 1972. The activity spread across the Showa Denko Group in 2001, continuing until today. Employees of the Group companies and cooperative companies collect used aluminum cans from their households, workplaces, etc., and report the number of cans they collect. Each base of SDK sets a target volume to collect aluminum cans, and makes effort to increase employees’ participation rate and volume of collected cans. In fiscal 2016, a total of 8,004 employees, or 98.7% of all Group employees in Japan, participated in the activity, as a result of regular appeal for participation.

Collected aluminum cans are purchased by the Group, and used mainly by Showa Aluminum Can Corporation to produce aluminum cans to contain beverages. In Japan, the annual consumption of aluminum cans is increasing with the spread of aluminum cans for coffee beverages and bottle cans. Recycling of aluminum cans not only contributes to the promotion of efficient use of resources, but also reduces electricity consumed to produce aluminum by 97%, compared to the process in which we produce aluminum from bauxite ore. The Group donates the money resulting from the recycling activity to regional councils of social welfare, welfare facilities, and volunteer groups that aid people with special needs. Thus, this activity has become firmly established as a social action of the Showa Denko Group.

Poster for the aluminum can recycling campaign in FY2017Poster for the aluminum can recycling campaign in FY2017

The Showa Denko Group always manages its operations based on the principles of corporate social responsibility, aiming to contribute to the creation of society where affluence and sustainability are harmonized. In addition to the aluminum can recycling, the Group will continue promoting activities that contribute to the development of local communities, including local cleanup activities in surrounding areas of plants and offices, plant tours, and internship systems for local students to experience jobs.

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