Reducing waste and recycling
Nissui is making 3R* efforts to deal effectively with waste that is generated through business activities in order to make the most of finite natural resources. All domestic factories under direct control are aiming for zero emission and promoting the reduction and recycling of waste. Additionally, we are continuing our efforts to reduce and recycle waste by targeting a 10% reduction of container packaging waste on a per unit basis (compared to FY2011) by FY2014.
*3R: An acronym for Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, it is a keyword introduced in the Basic Law for Establishing a Recycling- Based Society in 2000 and used in activities for reducing waste and garbage.
The Nissui Group aimed to reduce waste by 1.9% from FY2012 levels. As a result, the amount of waste generated for FY2013 was 31,710 t, representing a 1.8% decrease compared to the previous year but slightly short of our target of 1.9%. We are continuing with our efforts to reduce waste through initiatives such as the visualization of the rejection rate and enhancement of the yield of the production line. In FY2013, zero emissions were by achieved by four of the nine domestic Nissui plants.
In FY2013, the amount of waste recycled was 30,270 t. The recycling ratio was 95.5%, representing a steady improvement from FY2012.
Initiatives to reduce waste
Taking on the challenge of reducing waste by 4% through an accumulation of small efforts (Kitakyushu Nissui Co., Ltd.)
Kitakyushu Nissui Co., Ltd. is promoting the reduction of waste by roughly 4% by means of small efforts undertaken as group activities with the participation of all employees. It is making various efforts, including reinforcing the guard installed on conveyor belts to prevent products from falling off, and reducing the number of rejected products by controlling the heat of the Daigaku-Imo production line, in order to achieve its target. Additionally, it has reduced wastefulness throughout the plant through such initiatives as downsizing packaging materials and conducting environmental and energy-saving campaigns that recognized persons who did an outstanding job in cutting back summer peak electricity usage
Initiatives to reduce waste from containers and packaging
As a result of our ongoing efforts to reduce the thickness of plastic trays and film for frozen prepared foods for household use and processed foods, in FY2013, we managed to reduce waste by approximately 37 t. While on a per unit basis, this represented a 0.5% decrease from the previous year, the Group reported a 3.8% increase from FY2011. Going forward, Nissui will continue to make efforts to reduce waste by making containers and packaging more compact and light-weight.