Waste Reduction and Recycling Rate
The amount of waste generated per unit of sales in fiscal 2016 was 85.3% relative to the fiscal 2005 value. We were unable to achieve the group target (74% maximum). This was attributable to an increase in steel scrap resulting from increased production. However, looking to our initiative to meet our waste recycling target (99% minimum), we achieved a recycling ratio of 98.7% by reducing the amount of landfilled waste through waste sorting. As a result, we met the target.
Total Amount of Waste (Japan)
Ensuring Appropriate Waste Disposal
Waste generated by business activities is appropriately processed in accordance with laws and regulations. Even when waste processing is outsourced to a subcontractor, the outsourcing operator takes responsibility for proper processing. Daifuku carefully chooses the best outsourcing companies and visits their facilities annually to ensure that waste is handled properly.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Innovations in packaging materials
Daifuku is reducing the use of wooden pallets for shipping products, as they are easily damaged, cannot be reused, are are expensive to dispose. Instead, whenever possible, the Company uses reinforced, corrugated fiberboard packaging materials, which can be disposed as regular waste and recycled. Also, reinforced corrugated fiberboard is lighter, safer and takes up less space for storage.
Minimizing waste and recycling
At Shiga Works, all organic kitchen waste from the cafeteria is processed in a composter and given to employees for free to be used to fertilize plants and vegetables. Cooking oil is also collected and made into biodeisel fuel to be used in the Hini Arata Kan's shuttle bus.
Reduction of Water Consumption
We recognize that water pollution is an important matter which broadly affects soil, agricultural produce, and living environments. We not only comply with laws and regulations, but also strive to carefully manage and reduce waste water from Shiga Works. As a result, we were able to reduce water consumption for fiscal 2016 by 42.5% which exceeded the target of 61% or less compared to the amount of basic unit per sales from fiscal 2005.