Effective use of resources
The Toyota Tsusho Group contributes to resource saving by effectively using waste materials and actively promoting resource preservation related business in accordance with its environment policies.
To effectively use these limited resources, we will develop recycling businesses including recovery and processing of reusable resources from scrap generated from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) and at plants, secure resources through urban mining, and turn waste into resources such as by reusing used vehicles and parts, thereby contributing to a recycling society that promotes a circular economy by recycling waste.
Measures for the Development of a Recycling-based Society
The Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC) has participated in the Voluntary Action Plan for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society of the Japan Business Federation since fiscal 1998 in support of the initiatives of the federation for building a recycling-based society. The JFTC has set a target of achieving as recycling rate of at least 86% for general office waste produced at its main office buildings in fiscal 2020. In accordance with this target, Toyota Tsusho is working to raise the recycling rate and achieved an 89.1% rate in fiscal 2019.
In addition to addressing general office waste, Toyota Tsusho is also working towards its own additional target of achieving zero emissions with a target of less than 0.5% landfill waste. In fiscal 2019 , the Group achieved a rate of 0%.
Toyato Tsusho is working to reduce the volume of general business waste generated at the Tokyo Head Office and Nagoya Head Office. We are working to reduce the volume of paper dicarded at offices and to compost kitchen waste from employee cafeterias and recycle plastic bottles. In fiscal 2019, we achieved a 7.3% reduction (11.0 tons) compared to fiscal 2018, greatly exceeding the target of a 1% (1.5 tons) reduction.
We have positioned paper as a key managerial resource and are working towards achieving a target of reducing use by 30% by the end of fiscal 2020 compared to fiscal 2018. In fiscal 2019, we achieved a 12.8% reduction by prohibiting the printing of materials for meetings, distributing materials using electronic media, and taking other measures.
At our two commercial biomass power generating plants in Japan, we analyzed the composition of the soot and cinders released from the combusted woodchips and collaborated with an intermediate processor to successfully recycle this waste for use as roadbed and other materials.
We will continue to work for the effective utilization of resources through further recycling (in September 2020, 58.9% of soot and sender released from biomass power generation plants was successfully recycled).
As a trading company involved in manufacturing, the Toyota Tsusho Group believes that giving due consideration to the environment while supporting the acquisition and stable supply of resources is one of our key missions. Accordingly, we support manufacturing and contribute to the development of a recycling-based society by transforming waste into resources as a business.
Toyota Tsusho assesses and discloses the following.
- General Waste Emissions
- Landfill Rate (Target and Performance)
- Recycling Rate (Target and Performance)
- Number of internal printed sheets
Measures for Pollution and Waste Reduction（External Collaboration）
Toyota Tsusho is taking action with reducing industrial waste generated by the motorized society as a priority issue. We collaborate with other companies and are conducting research and development.
Case Study 1
In the past, when a vehicle was discarded, the airbags, refrigerant, doors, engine, and other parts were removed and shredded, and after the valuable metals were recovered, the remaining automobile shredder residue (ASR※) was disposed of in a land fill. Toyota Metal Corporation, a Toyota Tsusho Group company that performs processing from end-of-life vehicles to resource recycling, further sorts ASR into melted and solidified material, plastics, metals, and glass. Previously, it was not possible to sell melted and solidified material and plastics for value, but by collaborating with a steel maker, Toyota Metal has achieved 99% recycling of these materials as electric furnace fuel.
※“Automobile Shredder Residue”
Case Study 2
Toyota Tsusho, in collaboration with Yano Research Institute Ltd. and Isono Co., Ltd., has been contracted by the Japan Foundation for Advanced Auto Recycling to conduct demonstration trials investigating the possibility of car-to-car recycling* of plastic material used in automobiles and has commenced trials. Toyota Tsusho has also been official contracted by NEDO to build an efficient and suitable end-of-life vehicle resource recycling system in Thailand, one of the topics of the Demonstration Project for Introducing an Energy-Efficient Recycling System in Asia for which it sought proposals.
※Recycling that reuses resourced collected from end-of-life vehicles as materials for the manufacture of new vehicles.
General Waste Emissions
* Excludes materials sold for value and construction waste in cases were Toyo Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd., Toyota Metal Corp., or the Toyota Tsusho Group is the contractor.
Landfill Rate (Target and Performance)
Recycling Rate (Target and Performance)
|FY2018 Results||FY2019||Goals for FY2020|
|Industrial waste emissions (tons)||150.0||148.5
(▲1.0％ compared to FY2018)
(▲7.3％ compared to FY2018)
(▲2.0％ compared to FY2018)
|Raw materials usage (1,000tons)||3,130||-||2,730
(▲12.8％ compared to FY2018)
(▲30.0％ compared to FY2018)
* Industrial waste emissions: General waste from business activities of Nagoya Head Office/Tokyo Head Office
* Raw materials usage: Usage of printing/copy paper at Nagoya Head Office/Tokyo Head Office
Waste volume (Recycling, non-recycling)
Third Party Certification
Third-party certification has been obtained from Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) for a portion of the performance data above.
LR Independent Assurance Statement[PDF：615KB]