Enforcement of the Act on Promotion of Recycling of Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
The Act on Promotion of Recycling of Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment "aims to take measures for promoting the recycling of small waste electrical and electronic equipment, thereby ensuring proper disposal of waste and effective use of resources." The Act was enforced on April 1, 2013, for promoting the reuse of resources.
A Group Company, Azuma Metal Co., Ltd., Became a Certified Recycler
Azuma Metal Co., Ltd., one of the group companies, obtained certification from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a certified small appliance recycler covering Tokyo and 11 other prefectures in September 2017, and then covering nationwide (excluding Okinawa) in April 2018.
The company newly constructed a recycling plant at which collected small waste home appliances are manually broken down and are fragmented, sorted and selected by machines, depending on the characteristics of each item, and are recycled into high-precision ferrous or non-ferrous products. Small waste home appliances that are still usable are resold as goods for reuse through other group companies. In this manner, the Yamada Denki Group is promoting effective use of home appliances.
Collection of Waste Home Appliances Using the Network of the Yamada Denki Group
The Yamada Denki Group collects waste home appliances that have become unnecessary depending on customers' life stages, for their convenience. In November 2017, 268 stores commenced the collection services and 110,000 units of waste home appliances were collected in only five months, suggesting a huge potential demand.
Since April 2018, approx. 1,000 stores nationwide (excluding Okinawa) have been collecting waste home appliances and 700,000 units in total are expected to be collected in fiscal 2018. This accounts for 8% of small waste home appliances collected nationwide annually and the Yamada Denki Group will be the largest certified recycler in Japan.
Self-Sufficient Reuse and Recycling Services within the Yamada Denki Group
Having obtained certification as a certified small appliance recycler, the Yamada Denki Group expanded the scope of its one-stop self-sufficient reuse and recycling services, covering everything from the sale to the collection, reuse and recycling, by adding small waste home appliances as target items. While ensuring profitability, the Yamada Denki Group will continue taking on a challenge to further expand these comprehensive environmental services through fully utilizing the broad network of group companies (sale, collection and recycling).