1. Objectives
    The Japan Catalyst Recovering Association, which consists of corporations that ensure the proper treatment of limited and valuable resources including spent catalysts, was established to advance the recycling business through cooperation among members.

  2. History
    In 1975, the Council for Spent Catalyst Recycling was established by 16 recycling corporations as a section of the Catalyst Manufacturers Association. It was renamed the “Spent Catalyst Recovering Association” in 1977 and is currently affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
    It was renamed the “Catalyst Recovering AssociationEin 2008.

  3. Name, address, and organization
    Name of the organization Japan Catalyst Recovering Association
    Foundation date June 1975
    Chairman OSAMU WAKE
    (EXECTIVE OFFICER of JX Nippon Minig & Metals Corporation)
    Address Shinbashi Ekimae Building 1goukan 601,2-20-15-1,Shinbashi,Minato-ku,Tokyo 105-0004
    TEL: 070-1187-4122
    E-mail: jimukyoku@jscra.jp
    Number of members
    (As of May 2017)
    43 companies


    (As of May 2016)

  4. Members
    This association consists of corporations that are engaged in the effective use, such as the recovery and recycling, of nonferrous metals (gold, silver, platinum, rare metals, and base metals) in the following industrial fields, in addition to dealing with spent catalysts.

    1) Category of industry

    • Catalyst-related fields:
      petroleum refining catalysts, petrochemical catalysts, automobile catalysts and deodorization catalysts, environmental catalyst, etc.
    • Industrial products-related fields:
      electricity and electronics, communications, surface processing, ceramics, temperature measurement, and pharmaceutical and medicine, etc.
    • Jewelry and ornaments-related fields:
      jewels and ornaments, dental materials, bullion and coins, etc.

    2) Elements for recovering
    Gold(Au), Silver(Ag), Platinum(Pt), Palladium(Pd), Rhodium(Rh), Iridium(Ir), Ruthenium(Ru), Rhenium(Re), Antimony(Sb), Indium(In), Cadmium(Cd), Gallium(Ga), Germanium(Ge), Cobalt(Co), Tin(Sn), Cerium(Ce), Titanium(Ti), Tantalum(Ta), Terbium(Tb), Tellurium(Te), Copper(Cu), Lead(Pb), Nickel(Ni), Tungsten(W), Molybdenum(Mo), Vanadium(V), Selenium(Se), Alumina(Ai2O3)

  5. Cooperation with superior organizations and other associations
    This association is affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and is mainly under the guidance of the Chemical Division of Manufacturing Industries Bureau thereof. It also maintains a close relationship with the Nonferrous Metal Division of the Manufacturing Industries Bureau and the Mineral and Natural Resources Division of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. Thus the association receives guidance from a wide range of sources.
    In addition, it frequently exchanges information with the Catalyst Manufacturers Association, which is the association of the catalyst manufacturing industry.

  6. Outline of Activities
    6-1. Investigation of recycling results and distribution of them to member companies and related organizations
    Each member of the association belongs to one of the sections (refer to the organization chart) and reports the results of its efforts to recover and recycle valuable metal from catalysts and other resources every year. Based on these reports, investigative members compile “A Report on the Results of Spent Catalyst Recycling” and distribute it to association members and related organizations mentioned above. This is the only report of its kind in Japan.

    6-2. Holding of various study meetings (lectures) and workshops

    * Study meeting : The association invites professional lecturers and holds lectures combined with study meetings every other month in order to improve the qualifications and methods of members and to promote mutual friendship among them. A total of 180 meetings have been held.
    * Workshop : The association holds an overnight workshop once a year (around October) in which the members visit related plants and public research organizations to broaden their knowledge and promote mutual friendship.
    * Others : The association organizes “study workshops” if such are deemed necessary.

    6-3. Approaches toward Environmental Problems
    As circumstances dictate, the association aggresively tackles to confirm of substances in wastewater, soil contamination and air pollution, treating environmental requirements of surroundings of plant of members with noise, vibration and submitting its opinions and requests to the authorities concerned.

    The association summarizes the requests of members concerning revisions to the Waste Disposal Law and Containers and Packaging Recycling Law, and submits recommendations to the relevant deliberative bodies through the Chemical Division of the Manufacturing Industries Bureau of METI.

  7. Public Relations
    News is regularly being released on this web site.

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     TEL: 070-1187-4122
     Email: jimukyoku@jscra.jp