Sojitz, Recotech, Nissho Electronics, and NTT Communications announced on March 31 that they will build a “renewable resource recycling platform” that effectively utilizes recycled resources such as plastics between supply and demand, and will start demonstrations. Make it possible to visualize and buy and sell recycled resources. According to each company, the utilization of recycled resources is expected from the viewpoint of the risk of depletion of natural resources and environmental problems. However, the utilization of recycled resources in Japan is at a low level due to the difficulty of quality assurance and stable procurement. For this reason, the “Recycled Resources Recycling Platform” aims to visualize the quality and supply of recycled resources and encourage trading between supply and demand. The recycled resource recycling platform is constructed by combining the “Material Pool System”, a platform for promoting resource recycling developed by Recotech, and the “Smart Data Platform”, a data utilization platform of NTT Communications. Companies participating in this will provide data such as the amount, type, and location of discharged recycled resources and store them on the recycled resource recycling platform. The data is analyzed by artificial intelligence (AI) to predict whether supply and demand will be established and the amount of recycled resources generated.
By providing an image trading function, it will be possible to match companies that had no source of recycled resources and discarded them with companies that wanted to procure recycled resources but did not have a procurement route. In the future, it plans to provide a function that enables orders for related operations such as transportation of recycled resources, and encourages the participation of logistics companies and recycling companies, which will lead to the creation of new businesses. It will also provide an evaluation function for participating companies. Demonstration experiments of these functions will be conducted from April to March 2022 in Tokyo and several regions. We are also considering improving the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) of the recycled resource recycling platform, providing quality assurance functions for recycled resources, and providing functions for presenting the optimal distribution route. Sojitz is in charge of attracting platform users, supporting commercialization, hearing and verifying participating companies, and Nissho Electronics plans and proposes system development, improves UI, and investigates and invites partner companies ( (Shohei) etc. Each company is aiming for commercialization by the end of 2022 based on the demonstration experiment, and is also considering the establishment of a joint venture that will be responsible for the operation management and business development of this platform.