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Effective Use of Resources

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 2017

Area Amount of generated waste (Thousand tons)
Japan 258
Americas 192
Europe 93
Asia 25
Oceania 9
Total 576kL
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    25 production plants in Japan and 56 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 151 thousand tonskL
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    From FY 2016, Suntory has received independent assurance from KPMG AZSA Sustainability, Co., Ltd. The numerical values assured are indicated with kL.

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 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

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    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
- Fertilizer
181,515 100 187,439 100 186,184 100 185,227 100 195,334 100
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
3,266 100 2,693 100 1,610 100 2,123 100 1,314 100
Glass and ceramic scrap - Glass materials
- Base course material
4,109 100 3,928 100 4,136 100 3,772 100 3,508 100
Paper scraps (cardboards, paper labels, etc.) - Recycled paper
- Cardboard materials
5,727 100 6,192 100 6,175 100 5,184 100 6,349 100
Plastic - Palette
- Solid fuel
- Supplementary fuel
4,026 100 4,287 100 4,938 100 4,956 100 5,918 100
Metal scraps (aluminum, steel) - Aluminum
- Steel ingredients
2,600 100 3,016 100 3,277 100 3,039 100 2,958 100
Other 2,870 100 2,725 100 3,182 100 12,729 100 12,632 100
Total 234,214 100 239,801 100 236,697 100 244,604 100 258,365 100
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    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.

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

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