Japan Partnership for Circular Economy

Japan Partnership for Circular Economy


Resource Recycling Project

[Company / organization] NEION Film Coatings Corp.TOYOBO CO., LTD.Shionogi Pharma Co., Ltd.TOPPAN INFOMEDIA CO., LTD.Mitsui Bussan Chemicals ., LTD

members, roles, and points of cooperation

・NEION Film Coatings Corp.

 Design and manufacture of label base materials. Collection and recycle of used exclusive release film.


 Manufacturing and quality assurance of exclusive release film using recycled raw materials.


 Verification of printing, molding, and labeler suitability

・Shionogi Pharma Co., Ltd.

 Use of label with recycled exclusive release film, put label with it practical use, and establish collection model.

・Mitsui Bussan Chemicals ., LTD

 Calculation and compilation of CO2 emission reductions and confirmation of laws and regulations.

Starting date (planned), etc.

April 2022: Initiated collection operations.

April 2024: Initiate horizontal recycling(Planned)

Explanation of the technology and business model

The amount of label backing paper used in the manufacturing process of attaching labels to products amounts to 116 million square meters per month in the entire domestic manufacturing industry, most of them are disposed or incinerated. Therefore, they are not collected and reused as a resource. The resource recycling project is an environmentally friendly initiative to replace these label backing paper with recycled PET film (exclusive recycling film), which are collected after use and recycled into the same exclusive recycling film through material recycling, thereby reducing label backing paper waste to zero.

Achievements, goals, etc.


 Toppan Infomedia Co., Ltd. has verified printing, molding, and the suitability for labeling under various conditions. Shionogi Pharma Co., Ltd. has conducted demonstration tests for pharmaceutical labels and verified that the label can be used without any problem even if it is replaced by a exclusive recycled film.


 Reduce waste of label backing paper to zero Reduce CO2 emissions through replacement of backing paper

URL: Introduction of the initiative