Paper Recycling is an important initiative for making effective use of resources and making environmental contributions as well.
The Oji Group aims for “promotion of paper collection and further expansion of waste paper usage” in accordance with the basic policy of the Oji Group Environmental Charter.
Oji Group Paper Recycling Results
The Oji Group uses approximately 4.08 million tons of waste
paper each year, the largest amount and about 24% of the 17
million tons of total waste paper use in Japan. The breakdown
of waste paper use by the Group is as follows: about 50%
waste corrugated containers and about 20% each of waste
newspaper and waste magazines. In addition, waste paper usage ratio(※1) in FY2018 was 64%, an increase of 2.5
points in the past 10 years as a result of various efforts to use
waste paper as a resource.
The Oji Group seeks to achieve a recovered paper use rate
of 65% by FY2020, which is part of the Environmental Action
Plan of the Japan Paper Association. To this end, the Group
promotes the collection of waste paper as a raw material to
expand the use of recovered paper further.
※1 Waste paper usage ratio = Volume of recovered paper/Total
volume of fibrous raw material (total consumption of waste
paper, wood pulp, and other fibrous raw material)
Collection of waste paper from households
Collection of waste paper from households
Reducing Environmental Impact by Promoting Waste Paper Recycling
Paper is a material that is highly suitable for recycling, and
therefore, it is important that paper be reused (paper recycling)
rather than disposed of as waste. Paper (wastepaper) recycling
contributes to (i) securing stable supplies of papermaking raw
materials, (ii) effective utilization of resources, (iii) sustainable
use of forest resources, and (iv) reduction of waste.
Following a period of rapid economic growth, there is a
period when waste becomes an environmental problem. To
address this issue, government, trade organizations, and the
papermaking industry cooperated to build sorting, collection,
and recycling mechanisms that led to the current wastepaper
recycling system. In 2018, the combined wastepaper recycling
rate for paper and paperboard was 64.3% and the collection
rate was 81.5%, putting Japan at the highest levels in the world.
(Source: Japan Paper Association)
Various Measures to Promote the Use of Wastepaper
The Oji Group is working to promote various uses of waste paper, such as thorough sorting of waste paper at offices and factories within the group, a used paper wholesaler as a supplier, and an awareness campaign on paper recycling in cooperation with local residents and industry groups.
1）Enhancing the quality of wastepaper
The inclusion within wastepaper of specially processed paper
and foreign substances that are not suitable as papermaking
materials (collectively referred to as prohibited materials)
is a cause of product problems. It is necessary that such
prohibited materials be excluded before collection. Accordingly,
the Group cooperates with wastepaper dealers, who play a
central role in wastepaper logistics, to eliminate prohibited
materials included in wastepaper discarded by households
and businesses and strives to raise the wastepaper use rate
and manufacture high-quality paper products.
2）Increasing the use of waste paper
- Use of difficult-to-process paper: The Group is installing specialpurpose
facilities to process paper tubes, laminated paper, and
other difficult-to-process paper for use as a raw material.
- Use of confidential documents: In consideration of the
maintenance of confidentiality and issues of information
leaks, confidential documents were incinerated in the past,
but the Group performs confidential dissolution processing in
fully secure facilities for use as a raw material.
|Difficult-to-process waste paper (paper tubes)
||A confidential document processing facility
(Oji Materia Edogawa Mill)
Difficult-to-process waste paper (paper tubes)
A confidential document processing facility (Oji Materia Edogawa Mill)
International Trends in Waste Paper Recycling
China is the world’s largest importer of wastepaper, importing
17.03 million tons in 2018. Imports come from North
America, the EU, and Japan, which shipped 2.75 million
tons, approximately 20% of the total, to China.
In conjunction with the tightening of environmental regulations, China has
announced a policy of banning the import of all solid waste
including wastepaper starting at the end of 2020. As a result,
the global wastepaper supply and demand will enter a period
of major change.
The Oji Group is deepening collaboration
with wastepaper dealers, who play a major role in wastepaper
recycling, to stabilize procurement prices while maintaining and
stabilizing waste paper recycling systems.