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The DOWA group would like to make various contributions by tackling with social issues through our business activities. We also would like to create values sought by all of our stakeholders by continuing growth through our business activities in harmony with society.

Continuous Support for Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake

The DOWA group has been extending support for reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. We are now shifting the support from initial emergency support focusing on monetary donations and goods to reconstruction support that meet the local needs through our business activities. Two years have already passed since the earthquake. We believe that action with maintained interest in the disaster is important. We aim at extending support activities from the medium- and long-term standpoint.

Organization of a the Earthquake Reconstruction Support Team

In May 2011, DOWA ECO-SYSTEM organized an earthquake reconstruction support team and opened its office for the team in Sendai City. We cooperated with Fukushima Prefecture for its decontamination work that started in 2012, in addition to our industrial waste disposal support, capitalizing on our technologies and know-how of waste disposal, recycling, soil remediation, environmentally-friendly logistics and plant engineering.

Smooth Disposal of Waste and Refuse due to Disaster

We supported the disposal of waste and refuse generated due to the Earthquake in Iwate Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture. Our main activities were coordination of wide area disposal and logistics, segregation of wreckage for local disposal and incineration.

Support for reconstruction with technologies and know-how cultivated by DOWA

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Support for wide area disposal

A great amount of waste and refuse were generated due to the Earthquake and drastically affected Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. The local governments could not handle the waste and refuse by themselves and requested other prefectures to help with the disposal. Our reconstruction team built a transportation network for the waste and refuse in cooperation with disposal companies of other prefectures and partner companies and proposed the network to the joint venture of each disposal area in Miyagi Prefecture. We were able to cooperate for recycling of wood debris that was the first case of a local government requesting help from private companies in other prefectures for the wide area disposal. We also helped the wide area disposal of incombustibles.

Support for logistics business

The DOWA group fully supported the wide area logistics by offering containers dedicated to transporting mixed waste and refuse and transporting the waste from Iwate Prefecture (Miyako and Kamaishi, etc.) to the incineration facilities in Tokyo. We also cooperate for transportation of incinerator ash after incinerating waste and refuse due to the Earthquake.

colmn:Present status of waste and refuse due to the Earthquake

One of the challenges in reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake is disposal of waste and refuse due to the Earthquake and the deposits due to the tsunami. Japanese Government estimated that the amount of waste and refuse due to the Earthquake is approximately 4.76 million tons in Iwate Prefecture (approximately equal to eleven years of domestic waste generated) and approximately 15.69 million tons (nineteen years worth of waste) in Miyagi Prefecture. As their disposal is the major part of the recovery and reconstruction from the Earthquake, Photolocal governments took leadership of the disposal, based on the basic policy of the Ministry of the Environment. The waste and refuse must be properly segregated into those that can be recycled, those to be incinerated and those to be buried and properly disposed of.

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Segregation of wreckage


We started segregation of wreckage due to disaster in Kesennuma City in October 2011. The amount of the waste and refuse due to the Earthquake is approximately equal to the amount of domestic waste that would have generated over nineteen years. However, the situation are completely different from the usual domestic waste. Combustible materials such as wood debris and tatami mats, incombustible materials such as concrete and metals and specific items such as household electric appliances are all mixed in the disaster waste and refuse. First we had to consider how to segregate the disaster waste. Valuable goods and keepsakes of the affected people are mixed in the wreckage. We had to use our eyes and hands to pick out those valuable things and segregate them from the waste that needed to be disposed of. We also had to consider the disposition and storage methods of the wreckage as the area of the temporary storage site is limited. It was important to prepare an efficient plan before starting segregation. During the aftershock, we continued segregation work, considering safety of workers first at the temporary storage site located along the coast. The work required considerations and methods we had not experienced before. We achieved disposal of cumulative 0.14 million tons of waste and refuse from the beginning until the end of March 2013 by leveraging DOWA’s long cultivated know-how.

Construction and operation of incinerators


We constructed and conducted operational control of incineration facilities of the waste and refuse due to disaster in Minamisanriku Town and Kesennuma City. We succeeded in completing the work in three months that was first estimated to take as long as half a year, We did this in cooperation with local governments, relevant companies and local people who all were aiming at swift reconstruction. The disaster wreckage contains slit, earth and sand due to the massive tsunami. We constructed special incinerators called a vertical stoker and counter flow kiln that can process a wide range of waste rapidly and properly and are proceeding with disposal of plastic, wood debris and paper waste. Three incinerators with the capacity of 95 tons/day were constructed in Minamisanriku. In Kesennuma, one incinerator with the capacity of 200 tons/day and one with the capacity of 100 tons/day were installed, totaling annual processing capacity of approximately 0.2 million tons in these areas. This way we are contributing to recovery from the disaster through our rapid and proper processing of disaster waste and refuse.

Other Activities in 2012

The Mobile Library Project for the Affected Areas


Employees of the DOWA group brought in used books and CDs for three months from February to May 2012 and sold them as part of support for reconstruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The DOWA group donated the money to the Shanti Volunteer Association that operates mobile libraries in the affected areas. These mobile libraries deliver books to the temporary houses in Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture in addition to the drastically affected area along the coast of Iwate Prefecture. In May 2012, we donated our original eco-bags so that people could put their borrowed books in the bag when they visited mobile libraries.

Our employees considered seriously how they could participate in the support activities for the affected people with their own initiatives. This project was the product of their efforts and the headquarters started this project in 2011, informing our business establishments of the project in the newsletters of the DOWA group. We gathered used books and CDs again in December 2012.

Tohoku Rainbow House Project


We handed out a copy of CSR report in a reusable eco-bag at the general meeting of shareholders. We donated half of the eco-bag production cost to support for starting up the Tohoku Rainbow House for ASHINAGA, the Educational and Emotional Support for Orphans Worldwide that will support for daily care activities of the affected children in 2012.

We started handing out eco-bags to our shareholders at the general meeting six years ago, as people could use eco-bags longer than paper bags, aimed at conserving environment and resources. We chose to purchase eco-bags through fair trade sources and insulated cooler bags for promoting energy saving activities. We produce bags, considering the theme of the bag every year as a tool to support our CSR efforts.

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