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 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 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 2021.
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. In fiscal 2022, The Hamamatsu headquarters and the Miyakoda factory in Hamamatsu has switched its business operations to CO2-free electricity.
Energy Creation Activities
Solar 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)."