Effort Boosts UBC Collection in Japan

Showa Aluminum collected nearly 5.7 million used beverage cans in 2012.

July 12, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

Showa Aluminum Can Corp., a subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K., has reported that it collected nearly 5.7 million used beverage cans (UBCs) in 2012. The company began its collection program in 1972.

Tokyo-based Showa says that more than 95 percent of its 8,700 employees participate in the UBC collection program. Money collected through the program is donated to regional councils involved in social welfare, welfare facilities and libraries. The fund also is used to aid recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Showa Denko K.K. manufactures and markets chemical products serving several heavy industry sectors, including the electronic and computer industries.