The Group aims to reduce the amount of waste generated at manufacturing facilities. As an example of the activities, for reducing waste oil of manufacturing equipment, the Group developed a recycling technology for waste oil at the Kurume (Japan) Plant and verified its effectiveness with a local college. The introduction of the technology led to a reduction of 100 tonnes of waste oil annually.
In 2021, the Group generated a total of 293 thousand tonnes of waste where less than 10% is sent to landfill.
The Group promotes waste reduction with ownership in each region. For example, in the Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) region, its target was to improve waste generation per production volume to 58kg/tonne by 2021, and the target was achieved at 57.4 kg/tonne. The Burgos Plant in Spain recycles rubber waste into rubber products such as agricultural and horticultural products. Efforts to reduce waste are underway, including a 75% reduction in spew rubber waste by 2021 compared to 2017.
As part of the enhanced drive to improve recycling rates, the Group promotes “zero waste to landfill” across the Group. In 2010, all 44 manufacturing facilities in Japan achieved zero waste to landfill status and continue to maintain it.
In the EMIA region, eleven plants in Spain, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Belgium,
United Kingdom, and Turkey, as well as six plants and three research facilities in North and South America, have also reached zero waste to landfill status. In China, two tire plants have achieved this status. The Group will continue pursuing initiatives to reduce waste generation and promote beneficial use of waste as part of its efforts to contribute to a circular economy.
The Bridgestone Group’s waste data is verified by LRQA Limited, a third-party institution, to ensure the accuracy and transparency of this information.
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