Showa Denko Group Recycles 5.15 Million Aluminum Cans in FY2015
Showa Denko K.K.
May 31, 2016
Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO: 4004), its Group companies, and their cooperative companies continued to perform aluminum can recycling activity in fiscal 2015 (April 2015 – March 2016), collecting approximately 5.15 million cans: equivalent to about 83 tons of aluminum when converted at the rate of 16.2 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. In fiscal 2015, a total of 7,956 employees, or 98.7% of all Group employees in Japan, participated in the activity.
Collected aluminum cans are purchased by the Group, and used mainly by Showa Aluminum Can Corporation to produce aluminum cans to contain beverages. 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.
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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