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Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling

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 FY2018, Yamaha Motor generated a total of 22.6 thousand tons of waste*1. 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).

The Yamaha Motor Group began tracking its volume of waste from FY2016. Group companies in Japan and overseas have been working to reduce their volumes of waste by thoroughly separating waste, introducing returnable packaging materials, and using longer-lasting cutting fluids and oils. The Yamaha Motor Group’s waste material volume (aggregate for 70 out of 115 companies which are included in the scope of environmental disclosure) in FY2018 was 38 thousand tons.External Assurance

Aggregate volume of materials discharged (including industrial waste, specially controlled industrial waste and materials with value).
Waste Generation at the Manufacturing Stage and Recycling Rate at Yamaha Motor

* Specially controlled industrial waste from Yamaha Motor*2
 2014: 177 tons 2015: 566 tons 2016: 290 tons 2017: 277 tons 2018: 229 tons

Specially controlled industrial waste:
Industrial waste materials that are explosive, poisonous, infectious, or otherwise harmful or potentially harmful to human health or the environment
Percentage of Recycled Materials Procured by Yamaha Motor

3R Designs and Product Recycling

The Yamaha Motor Group is proactively incorporating the “3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) design” in its various products.

In Japan, we continue to work with other companies in our industry in the “motorcycle recycling system” for appropriate disposal by stores handling motorcycle scrapping. We also participate in a similar “recycling system for small FRP boats” in the marine segment, and are also implementing “renewal and recycling of FRP pools.”

Example of 3R Design

Example of 3R Design YZF-R25A

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 2018 we achieved a 73.4% returnable rate (percentage of total shipping cases sent overseas that use returnable materials), compared with our target of 70% or higher.

Percentage of Returnable Parts Containers
for Overseas Shipment at Yamaha Motor
Returnable pallet body
Returnable bucket body
Returnable Pallets/Buckets Used in 2018
Delivered to Number of Returnable Pallets Number of Returnable Buckets
Europe 2,137 47,700
North America 3,043 61,674
South America 829 34,566
Oceania 192 5,538
Asia 393 23,910
Total 6,594 173,388

Measuring and Reducing Water Consumption

The Yamaha Motor Group is working to reduce consumption of water.

In accordance with our 2020 goal of “promoting recycling and the effective use of limited resources,” we continue to strive to measure our global use of water and reduce consumption Groupwide through programs including the reuse of coolant water and water collection (rainwater and other sources) at factories, the reuse of water using reverse osmosis (RO) membranes, posters to remind employees to conserve water, and the installation of water-saving packing in faucets.

In 2018, Yamaha Motor’s water intake volume was 1,030 thousand m3 and wastewater volume was 1,290 thousand m3External Assurance.

Water Intake and Recovered Water Used at the Yamaha Motor Group

Note: The increase in the volume of recovered water used in 2017 includes the effect of new sites able to measure recovered water.
Boundary: Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and its manufacturing and non-manufacturing consolidated subsidiaries and affiliated companies. (99 out of 115 companies which are included in the scope of environmental disclosure) (The boundary for affiliated companies changed from 2017.)

Breakdown of Water Intake at the Yamaha Motor Group (thousand m3)
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Underground water 2,433 1,987 1,772 2,221 1,501
Industrial water 2,351 2,253 1,798 1,487 1,448
Tap water 670 391 1,317 575 946
Other fresh water 102 114 85 167 258

Note: Breakdown includes estimated figures.

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