Realization of a Recycling-Oriented Society
Efforts to curb consumption of natural resources and reduce waste have acquired greater social urgency, paralleling wider economic activity and population growth. Kawasaki takes great care to fully utilize and recycle the limited resources procured for our products and manufacturing processes, which consume these resources without waste. To that end, we promote waste reduction and recycling during manufacturing, and systematically treat PCB waste.
Reduction of Waste Generation
We are continuing activities to achieve our targets to reduce waste generated
through our manufacturing processes on a per unit of sales basis by using
resources effectively, and to achieve zero status for waste disposed into landfills
through the promotion of recycling.
In fiscal 2018, waste generated per unit of sales amounted to 4.24 tons/100 million yen, a reduction of 5.4% compared to the average from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2016. The final disposal (landfill) ratio was 0.2%, achieving the target of 1% or less. Moreover, our recycling rate was 98%. Going forward, we will continue to pursue initiatives with a focus on the 3Rs. Amounts for the past five years are shown in Figure 16.
Figure 16:Amount of Waste Generated and Per Unit of Sales Basis
- Per unit of sales basis is a measurement obtained by dividing amount of waste generated by net sales.
Promoting PCB Treatment
The disposal of PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) waste is proceeding through
a worldwide effort, in line with the Stockholm Convention, which stipulates
procedures and requirements including proper treatment of PCBs. In Japan,
disposal is undertaken in a systematic manner, mainly by Japan Environmental
Storage & Safety Corporation (JESCO), which was established by the Ministry
of the Environment, and we are undertaking the treatment of our PCBs with its
completion targeted ahead of the national schedule.
To achieve these targets, we are steadily implementing steps to address PCB waste, including ceasing use of products and devices that contain PCBs and putting such items into storage, confirming disposal volume, and looking into providers with facilities to treat low-concentration PCB waste on our behalf. We made significant progress in the disposal of waste stabilizers in fiscal 2018.