Effective Use of Resources and Contribution to a Low-Carbon Society
In order to help create a society where sustainable development is possible, Roland DG has a range of initiatives aimed at reducing its environmental impact. Recycling efforts are being employed to reduce emissions and recycle resources, while energy creation activities with solar and wind power generation are also being harnessed with the aim of effectively utilizing resources.
Recovering and Recycling Inkjet Cartridges
Roland DG collects inkjet cartridges free of charge (only available in Japan) from customers who purchase a Roland DG inkjet printer. Recovered inkjet cartridges are disassembled and sorted at Roland DG's recycling center before being delivered to recycling companies. The recycling companies then crush and grind the cartridge cases to be used again as new resin products. Ink remaining in cartridges is extracted and reused as fuel after specific chemical substances have been removed.
Promoting Recycling of Waste
Roland DG actively promotes the recycling of waste with a target waste recycling rate of 99.0% or higher with the aim of achieving zero emissions. Cardboard and old paper, steel, aluminum and electrical wiring (copper) are also processed by respective recycling contractors. Roland DG selects companies capable of reusing resources and turning them into new products as primary contractors for waste deliveries, and verifies directly whether or not their processes are feasible. The waste recycling rate is monitored and measured by the EMS (Environmental Management System) Committee, and targets have continually been met since 2011, when measurements first began, through to 2019.
Measures to conserve electricity are being implemented, including making adjustments to the air-conditioning temperature, to reducing the time employees spend at offices for overtime or similar purposes. Lighting within company buildings is gradually being changed over to LED, and company vehicles are being switched to "eco-cars" such as electric vehicles or hybrids as part of efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. A level of 5,535 barrel of oil equivalent has been achieved for annual company-wide energy use in Japan.
Energy Creation Activities
Solar and wind power generation is being harnessed as part of efforts to create clean energy from environmentally friendly, sustainable resources. A solar power generation system (approx. 50 kWh size) has been installed on the roof of the Miyakoda Plant, with generated power used for lighting inside offices as well as production with "Digital YATAI (digital cell production system)." One compact hybrid (solar and wind) LED lighting tower and five solar-powered LED lighting towers have been installed in the grounds of the plant and used as an energy source for parking area lighting at the plant.