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Climate Change Measures

Promoting the Reduction and Recycling of Waste

As part of our efforts toward establishing a recycling-oriented society, Suntory works to reduce byproducts and waste generation, and attain a 100% resource recycling rate.

Byproducts and Waste Generation Performance 2020

Area Emissions (thousand tons)
Japan 228
Americas 154
Europe 95
Asia 31
Oceania 7
Africa 0
Total 516★
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    Data covers 26 production plants in Japan and 64 production plants overseas
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    Therein, the byproducts and waste generated by Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan and overseas amount to 150 thousand tons★
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    Results have received independent assurance from KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. The assured numerical values are indicated with ★.

Independent assurance report

Maintaining a 100% Resource Recycling Rate

We are committed to reducing the by-products and waste generated in the manufacturing processes at Suntory Group plants in Japan, and to recycling 100% of resources.
In 2020, our plants in Japan (including Group companies) generated 228,355 tons of byproducts and waste. This means total waste generated is the same and by-products and waste amount per unit of production decreased by 9.2% compared to 2019. The resource recycling rate has been maintained at 100%.

By-products and waste generation

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    Data covers 26 production plants in Japan

Flow for reuse of by-products and waste generated in each production process

By-products and Waste generation, recycling rate and the purpose of use for recycled products

Type of waste Main Purpose of Use 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Generation (t) Recycling Rate (%) Generation (t) Recycling Rate (%) Generation (t) Recycling Rate (%) Generation (t) Recycling Rate (%) Generation (t) Recycling Rate (%)
Vegetable (glycation, tea, coffee dregs, etc.) - Animal feed
- Fertilizer
185,227 100 195,334 100 187,818 100 181,524 100 164,185 100
Sludge (excess sludge, etc.) - Fertilizer 27,547 100 30,351 100 30,472 100 31,245 100 30,275 100
Wood waste (cask, palletes) - Animal feed
- Fertilizer
2,123 100 1,314 100 4,435 100 2,458 100 5,186 100
Glass and ceramic scrap - Glass materials
- Base course material
3,772 100 3,508 100 3,216 100 2,825 100 2,285 100
Paper scraps (cardboards, paper labels, etc.) - Recycled paper
- Cardboard materials
5,184 100 6,349 100 6,228 100 6,429 100 5,520 100
Plastic - Palette
- Solid fuel
- Supplementary fuel
4,956 100 5,918 100 6,138 100 6,338 100 6,033 100
Metal scraps (aluminum, steel) - Aluminum
- Steel ingredients
3,039 100 2,958 100 3,240 100 3,270 100 3,314 100
Other 12,729 100 12,632 100 16,405 100 17,365 100 11,558 100
Total 244,604 100 258,365 100 257,951 100 251,454 100 228,355 100
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    Data covers 26 production plants in Japan

Development of Applications for Resource Recycling by Type

We are furthering resource recycling for the by-products and waste produced by the Suntory Group in various applications.

Barrel cabinet

  • Suntory Barrel Story by Karimoku
    Blend Series
    Dining Set

  • Drink sampling tray made from barrel

Product line-up of the Suntory Whiskey Barrel Furniture created from whiskey cask materials that have fulfilled their distillery role.

Building a Recycling Circulation Cycle for Food Waste -- Izutsu Maisen Co., Ltd.

Izutsu Maisen Co., Ltd. is actively striving to reuse food loss to not waste the invaluable blessings of nature. One predominate initiative is the setup of a recycling circulation cycle for the crusts of bread.
Izutsu Maisen cuts off the crusts of the bread when they make their popular fried pork cutlet sandwiches. These bread crusts are generally given to business operators who are able to recycle them as feed, but Izutsu Maisen launched their original Amai-Yuwaku pork brand that raises pigs on this feed in 2012 because the crusts are perfect as feed. This is an initiative that uses the bread crusts once again in a cycle as a raw material such as in the pork cutlets once.

Original Amai-Yuwaku pork brand