Introducing measures for recycling and limiting the use of natural resources
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
The 3R concept (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is becoming ever more important in all phases of product life cycles, from development and production to use and final disposal, in order to create a recycling-oriented society. The Yamaha Motor Group set “promoting recycling and the effective use of limited resources” as a goal and has undertaken various initiatives to meet it.
We are adopting various approaches to conserve natural resources and enhance recycling efficiency. In addition to actively utilizing recyclable materials, we are reducing the number of parts and making them smaller by pursuing optimal size. We also use LED technologies to lengthen product life while adopting designs that facilitate dismantling and improving the recyclability of parts. Our aim is to improve the applicability of the 3R concept to our products.
Measures to Reduce Waste and Conserve Resources at the Manufacturing Stage
In 2016, Yamaha Motor generated a total of 20 thousand tons of industrial waste. We separate metal, plastic, foundry sand, and other waste for reuse and recycling as raw materials. We also subject oil and some plastics to a thermal recycling process to create materials that can be used as combustion improvers. In addition, we use post-combustion residue as a raw material in cement and roadbeds. As a result, we have maintained our direct and indirect landfill record of “zero tons” (a 100% recycling rate).
3R Designs and Product Recycling
The Yamaha Motor Group is actively adopting designs based on the 3R concept (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) for various products. In Japan, we are continuing operation of the Motorcycle Recycling System in cooperation with other industry firms to facilitate appropriate processing of end-of-life motorcycles by dealers.
Example of 3R Design
3R Initiatives in Spare Parts Distribution
Yamaha Motor’s Spare Parts Section is working to save energy and resources through various 3R initiatives. These include “reducing” by improving the filling rate with respect to packaging for spare parts sent overseas, “recycling” through the introduction of dedicated returnable packaging, such as plastic pallets and buckets, for spare parts sent overseas, and “reusing” by increasing the number of overseas shipping destinations that use returnable materials.
Thanks to these initiatives, in 2016 we achieved a 75.35% returnable rate (percentage of total shipping cases sent overseas that use returnable materials), compared with our target of 70% or higher.
Returnable Pallets/Buckets Used in 2016
Number of Returnable Pallets
Number of Returnable Buckets
Measuring and Reducing Water Resources
In accordance with the Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2020 goal of “promoting recycling and the effective use of limited resources,” we continue to strive to measure our global use of water resources and reduce our water resource consumption through programs including the reuse of coolant water and water collection (rainwater and other sources) at factories.