Volume of Waste Generated
The Nisshinbo Group’s volume of waste generated totaled 57,700 tons. Volume of waste generated after adjustment* came to 60,600 tons, down 10% year on year, while volume of waste generated per unit of sales after adjustment* was 0.116 tons per million yen, down 12% year on year. Although the addition of Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd. raised the volume of waste generated from the electronics business, overall volume of waste generated and volume of waste generated per unit of sales after adjustment declined year on year, owing to a reduction in volume of waste generated from the automobile brakes and textiles businesses.
The recycling rate after adjustment* declined 5% year on year to 79%, mainly due to a delay in improving recycling rates at business sites in other countries. Problems weighing on business sites in other countries include the lack of reliable recycling operators and the common use of landfills in some regions.
*The consolidated fiscal year that ended in December 2018 was a transitional period with an irregular fiscal year adjusted for changes in the fiscal periods of the Company and consolidated subsidiaries as follows: the Company and consolidated subsidiaries switching from fiscal years ending in March (nine-month consolidation from April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018); consolidated subsidiaries switching from fiscal years ending in February (10-month consolidation from March 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018), and consolidated subsidiaries with fiscal years ending in December (12-month consolidation from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018).
Consequently, we do not indicate comparisons (% of change) versus past results of volume of waste generated, but provide comparisons (% of change) for the volume of waste generated, volume of waste generated per unit of sales, and recycling rate after adjustment to a 12-month consolidated financial year as a reference.
Throughout the Group, we are working toward zero emissions (a recycling ratio of 99% or more). Out of our locations that generated 10 or more tons of waste in fiscal 2018, 19 locations achieved zero emissions, down from 20 in fiscal 2017. The decrease was due to the transfer of Nisshinbo Brake Inc.’s Toyota Plant.
Sites that have Achieved Zero Emissions
|Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. R&D Center|
|Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. Tokushima Plant|
|Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. Fujieda Plant|
|Nagano Japan Radio Co., Ltd. Head Office & Factory|
|JRC Tokki Co., Ltd. Main Plant|
|Japan Radio Glass Co., Ltd. Head Office Plant|
|Alphatron Marine Beheer B.V.|
|New Japan Radio Co., Ltd. Kawagoe Works|
|SAGA ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. Saga Works|
|NJR FUKUOKA CO., LTD.|
|Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd. Yashiro Plant|
|Nisshinbo Brake Inc. Tatebayashi Plant|
|Nanbu Plastics Co., Ltd. Head Office and Techno Center|
|Nisshinbo Chemical Inc. Chiba Plant|
|Nisshinbo Chemical Inc. Tokushima Plant|
|Nisshinbo Chemical Inc. Toke Development Center|
|Nisshinbo Textile Inc. Tokushima Plant|
|Nisshinbo Do Brasil Industria Textil LTDA.|
|PT. Naigai Shirts Indonesia|
Trends in Volume of Waste Generated by Business and Recycling Rate by Business
The Nisshinbo Group has set the target of achieving a 95% recycling rate by fiscal 2025. To this end, we are engaging in initiatives to reduce the amount of waste generated by each business.
Trends in Volume of Waste Generated by Business and Recycling Rate by Business (Reference Value After Adjustment for FY2018)
* This drop in recycling rate for the chemicals business is due to routine repairs at the Company’s recycling and disposal contractor.
Trading Company Division Proposes Reusable, Recyclable Product
NISSHINTOA IWAO INC., the Nisshinbo Group’s sole trading company, operates a diverse business ranging from food to textiles and industrial materials.
The company sells acrylic panels to major building materials manufacturers. The delivered panels are cut into various sizes and commercialized as indoor partitions, but massive scrap materials were generated in that process. By working with customers and panel manufacturers to recycle disposed materials, the company developed a product that uses these scrap materials, while solving problems like degradation of strength and cloudiness. Initially, the usage rate of scrap materials was 5%, but now it supplies panels with usage rates improved to 15%.
Together with cooperating factories, the company also established a technology to recycle disposed solvents, which are used in the cleaning process of manufacturing Nisshinbo Group’s materials for high-performance resins. Although these solvents had been disposed due to the difficulty of recycling them, the company realized a way to recycle them with high efficiency allowing it to also reduce product costs.
NISSHINTOA IWAO INC. aims to contribute to reuse and recycling across various commercial channels.
Reducing Volume of Plastics Used in Packaging
Marine plastic waste is a global issue that needs to be addressed.
In September 2018, Tokyo Shirts Co., Ltd. introduced a packaging method called Flat Pack that helps minimize supplementary shirt supplies. By compressing shirts and making packages compact, it facilitates the transportation of packages and minimizes packaging materials from the perspective of protecting the environment. At the same time, it takes account of reducing plastic waste and promoting reuse. Typically, a single shirt would require about 80g of supplementary supplies to keep the shirt in shape, but by using the Flat Pack method only 10g of such supplies would be needed, thereby reducing plastic material usage by around 70g per shirt. In addition, Flat Pack packages can be reused repeatedly.
Contributing to Plastic Waste Problem
Stricter regulations on the use of non-biodegradable plastics, especially in Europe, has increased demand for biodegradable plastics as a substitute.
Nisshinbo Chemical Inc.’s CARBODILITE improves durability without compromising biodegradability, and thus expands the scope of applicability of biodegradable plastics. As a result, a growing number of companies are using it, and demand is expected to increase.