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 2017
|Area||Amount of generated waste (Thousand tons)|
*25 production plants in Japan and 56 production plants overseas
*Therein, the byproducts and waste generated by Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan and overseas amount to 151 thousand tonskL
*From FY 2016, Suntory has received independent assurance from KPMG AZSA Sustainability, Co., Ltd. The numerical values assured are indicated with kL.
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 2017, our plants in Japan (including Group companies) generated 258,385 tons of byproducts and waste. This means a 5% increase of total waste generated and a 4% increase per unit of production compared to 2016. The resource recycling rate has been maintained at 100%.
By-products and waste generation
*25 production plants in Japan
Flow for reuse of by-products and waste generated in each production process
Waste generation, recycling rate and the purpose of use for recycled products
|Type of waste||Main Purpose of Use||2013||2014||2015||2016||2017|
|Amount of generated waste (t)||Recycling Rate (%)||Amount of generated waste (t)||Recycling Rate (%)||Amount of generated waste (t)||Recycling Rate (%)||Amount of generated waste (t)||Recycling Rate (%)||Amount of generated waste (t)||Recycling Rate (%)|
|Vegetable (glycation, tea, coffee dregs, etc.)||- Animal feed
|Sludge (excess sludge, etc.)||- Fertilizer||30,100||100||29,522||100||27,194||100||27,574||100||30,351||100|
|Wood waste (cask, palette)||- Furniture
- Plywood material
|Glass and ceramic scrap||- Glass materials
- Base course material
|Paper scraps (cardboards, paper labels, etc.)||- Recycled paper
- Cardboard materials
- Solid fuel
- Supplementary fuel
|Metal scraps (aluminum, steel)||- Aluminum
- Steel ingredients
*25 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.
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.