Japanese Conglomerate Closes the Loop for Food Wastes

Japanese Conglomerate Closes the Loop for Food Wastes

Keio Corporation, an urban railway group operating in Tokyo, has started selling organic vegetables grown with organic fertilizers made from food wastes, supplying them to a restaurant in the conglomerate's Keio Plaza Hotel. This recycling project is one of the company's first major milestone in establishing a total recycling system for food waste.

In this system, companies in the Keio Group send their daily food wastes to Agri-Gaia System Co., an affiliated environmental venture business in Chiba Prefecture, where the wastes are turned into fertilizers. Local farmers under contract grow vegetables using the organic fertilizers, and then the vegetables are sold at Keio stores and prepared for dishes at the hotel restaurant.

Since August 2004, the Keio Group has been actively operating environmental recycling businesses and gaining expertise in this field. With this expertise, the company plans to propose and help build such food waste recycling systems for other enterprises.