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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 2017, Yamaha Motor generated a total of 20.8 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 2016. 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 46 companies) in 2017 was 29 thousand tons.

Yamaha Motor Group’s aggregate volume of materials discharged (including both waste and materials with value).
Waste Generation at the Manufacturing Stage and Recycling Rate at Yamaha Motor

* Emission volume includes hazardous waste.
 2014: 177 tons 2015: 566 tons 2016: 290 tons 2017: 277 tons

Hazardous 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 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

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 2017 we achieved a 73.2% 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 2017
Delivered to Number of Returnable Pallets Number of Returnable Buckets
Europe 2,167 52,303
North America 4,010 107,048
Oceania 161 5,393
Asia 439 26,881
Total 6,777 191,625

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 2017, Yamaha Motor’s water intake volume was 1,170 thousand m3 and waste water volume was 1,220 thousand m3.

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: 99 companies, comprising Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and its manufacturing and non-manufacturing consolidated subsidiaries and affiliated companies. (The boundary for affiliated companies changed from 2017.)

Breakdown of Water Intake at the Yamaha Motor Group
  2014 2015 2016 2017
Underground water 243.3 198.7 177.2 222.1
Industrial water 235.1 225.3 179.8 148.7
Tap water 67.0 39.1 131.7 57.5
Other fresh water 10.2 11.4 8.5 16.7

Note: Breakdown includes estimated figures.

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