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 has led to a reduction of over 150kl of waste oil annually.
In 2022, the Group generated a total of 285 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, the Group worked toward the target of reducing waste generation per production volume to 65 kg/tonne by 2022, resulting in 58.4 kg/tonne, achieving the target. 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 90% reduction in spew rubber waste by 2022 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 29 manufacturing facilities in Japan achieved zero waste to landfill status and continue to maintain it.
In the EMIA region, 11 plants in Spain, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, United Kingdom, and Turkey, as well as 11 facilities in North and South America, have also reached zero waste to landfill status. In China and Asia Pacific, ten tire plants and one retread plant 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 Group’s waste data is verified by SOCOTEC Certification Japan, a third-party institution, to ensure the accuracy and transparency of this information.
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