Reducing and Recycling of Waste and Byproducts
The Kikkoman Group has been striving to reduce, to reuse and to recycle waste and byproducts, such as soy sauce cake and oil, fruit juice residue, and okara (bean curd refuse), and other waste (such as sludge) through policies that target improvements in the yield ratio and the manufacturing process. The Group has set the following objectives focusing on waste reduction, in the Medium-term Environmental Preservation Goals FY2016-2018, although achieving the 99.6% waste and byproducts recycling rate in domestic and overseas manufacturing companies in fiscal 2015:
[Objectives of Medium-term Environmental Preservation Goals FY2016-18]
To keep the waste generation per unit of production at the domestic and major overseas manufacturing divisions comparing with the level of the previous fiscal year or below.
To keep the waste generation at the domestic sales and back-office divisions comparing with the level of the previous fiscal year or below.
In FY2017, the Kikkoman Group achieved the following:
The waste generation per unit of production at the domestic and major overseas manufacturing divisions was 0.0366t/t, 9.3% higher than the FY2016 level (0.0335t/t). We could not achieve the objective.
The waste generation at the domestic sales and back-office divisions was 350t, 6.1% higher than the FY2016 level (330t). We could not achieve the objective.
Individual activities for reducing and recycling waste and byproducts generation are compiled in the Kikkoman Group Environmental Preservation Activities Case Book.
The Kikkoman Group will continuously strive to further reducing and recycling of waste and byproducts.