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).
Industrial waste materials that are explosive, poisonous, infectious, or otherwise harmful or potentially harmful to human health or the environment
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 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.
Returnable Pallets/Buckets Used in 2017
Number of Returnable Pallets
Number of Returnable Buckets
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.
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