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Working towards a Recycling-based Society

 As a result of being a mass production, mass consumption and mass disposal society, we now face many problems such as the depletion of resources and increasing waste.
 The Kubota Group sees working towards a recycling-based society as one of its materiality, and has been advancing initiatives to promote “reduce” (reducing the amount generated), “reuse” (internal recycling and reuse), and “recycle” (improving the recycling ratio) of waste, in addition to initiatives to promote the effective use of resources and resource saving.

Activities towards achieving SDGs

Related SDGs and targets
Major Activity Content
  • Promotion of measures to reduce resource waste and losses, focusing on JIT and automation
  • Thorough execution of separate management, promotion of recycling
  • Thorough execution of appropriate waste material management, risk management, etc.
2020 Activity Targets (KPIs)
  • Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets 2020:
     - Waste material discharge intensity at global production sites: 10% improvement compared to the base year 2014
     - Waste material recycling rate: Maintein 99.5% or more in Japan, Maintein 90.0% or more overseas

Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets 2020 and the Results for RY2017

Action item Management indicator*1 Scope Base RY Target for RY2020 Result of RY2017 Achievement Status
Reduce waste Waste discharge per unit of production Global production sites 2014 -10% -13.6% We are promoting thorough sorting of wastes and converting waste into valuable resources.
Recycling ratio (Japan)*2 Production sites in Japan - Maintain 99.5% or more 99.8% We are maintaining the existing level through continuous efforts.
Overseas production sites - Maintain 90.0% or more 91.4% We are promoting the reduction of the amount of waste sent to landfills by changing contractors.
  • The figures per unit of production represent the intensity of the environmental load per unit of money amount of production. The exchange rate of the base year is used when translating the money amount of production of overseas sites into Japanese yen. The figures per unit of production for the base year were adjusted in RY2017 to improve accuracy.
  • Recycling ratio (%) = (Sales amount of valuable resources + External recycling amount) / (Sales amount of valuable resources + External recycling amount + Landfill disposal) × 100. Heat recovery is included in the external recycling amount.

Waste, Etc. from Business Sites

1. Waste, etc. discharge

 In RY2017, the waste discharge amount was 108 kilotons, an increase of 1.8% compared to the previous reporting year. Meanwhile, the waste discharge per unit of sales improved by 7.2% compared to the previous reporting year. The improvement in waste discharge per unit of sales is mainly due to the measures implemented to reduce waste, as well as the reduction of production volume at cast iron production sites in Japan, which discharge large per-unit-sales of waste.
 Of the waste etc. discharge amount in RY2017, the amount of hazardous waste discharge was 6.0 kilotons (2.9 kilotons in Japan and 3.1 kilotons overseas).

Trends in Waste, Etc. (including valuable resources) and Waste Discharge per Unit of Sales
  • Landfill disposal = Direct landfill disposal + Final landfill disposal following intermediate treatment
  • Waste discharge per unit of consolidated net sales.
    Waste discharge = Resource recycling and Volume reduction + Landfill disposal
  • Values for RY2014 were corrected to improve accuracy.

Waste Recycling and Treatment Flow (RY2017 results)
Waste Discharge by Region Waste Discharge by Business
Waste Discharge by Type
Waste, Etc. Discharge by Treatment Category
●Japan ●Overseas

2. Trends in Recycling Ratio

 The resource recycling ratio in RY2017 was 98.7% in Japan, maintaining about the conventional level. The recycling ratio overseas was 89.6%, a 2.3-point improvement compared to the previous reporting year, due to ongoing promotion of the recycling of casting dust. We will make continuous efforts to further improve the resource recycling ratio.

Trends in Recycling Ratio
  • Recycling ratio (%) = (Sales amount of valuable resources + External recycling amount) / (Sales amount of valuable resources + External recycling amount + Landfill disposal) × 100.
  • Value of the resource recycling ratio (overseas) for RY2014 was corrected to improve accuracy.

3. Measures to Reduce Waste

 The Kubota Group has established its Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets 2020 and is working on the reduction of waste discharge from its business sites and the improvement of the recycling ratio. The Group has been promoting various measures, such as the thorough separation of waste according to the type and disposal method of waste, the introduction of returnable packing materials, and shared waste recycling between sites. The Group is also committed to the reduction of hazardous waste through ensuring thorough monitoring and management thereof.
 In RY2017, at cast iron production sites, which generate a large amount of waste, the Kubota Group continuously promoted the internal and external reuse of casting sand, which is generated in large amounts in the casting process, and the conversion of waste into valuable resources out of the sand. The Group also explores the use of recycled waste. Focusing on the useful components of slag generated in the melting process, such as silicic acid, the Group has been making efforts in converting such components into valuable materials, such as greening base material and soil conditioners. Machinery production sites have been continuously promoting the reduction of the amount of sludge and waste oil or oil-containing wastewater generated in the painting booth.
 As a result of the efforts toward achieving the Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets 2020 for waste reduction, global production sites achieved a reduction of 2,500 tons of waste in RY2017 compared with the case where countermeasures were not implemented from the base year (RY2014). The economic effects of these measures reached 66 million yen compared to RY2014. Waste discharge per unit of production in RY2017 improved by 13.6% compared to RY2014. The recycling ratio was 99.8% at production sites in Japan and 91.4% at production sites overseas, both achieving the targets of the Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets 2020.
 Moreover, production sites in Japan have raised the introduction rate of electronic manifests to 91%, enabling real-time assessment of the reduction effects.
 We will continue to promote the reduction of waste through promoting sharing of good reduction practices and visualization of waste by utilizing electronic manifests.

Each plant works on minutely classified collection of wastes and takes thorough measures for recycling. Instructions on waste classification are given to the employees in an easily understood manner.

By effectively utilizing the casting business, we promote recycling within the group by turning waste oil into fuel and collecting and recycling sources of iron such as waste crawlers from construction machinery, waste metal chips and grinding sludge.

We promote the introduction of waste management using measuring systems. Reduction activities are encouraged through visualization of which work place reduced how much waste.

Waste, Etc. Generated from Construction Work

 The type and the amount of waste generated from construction work vary depending on the type of work being done, resulting in fluctuation in the amount of discharge, and the recycling and reduction ratio. However, the Kubota Group maintains a high recycling and reduction ratio for specific construction materials.

Trends in Discharge, and Recycling and Reduction Ratio of Construction Waste, Etc. (Japan)

Handling and Storage of Equipment Containing PCB (in Japan)

 Transformers, capacitors and other equipment containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) are properly reported, stored and handled based on the Japanese Act on Special Measures concerning Promotion of Proper Treatment of PCB Wastes, and the Japanese Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act. Waste with a high concentration of PCB is being disposed of steadily, beginning with sites where PCB-treatment facilities are available. Waste with a low concentration of PCB will be properly disposed of by the disposal deadline of March 2027.
 PCB-containing equipment in storage is thoroughly managed by multiple means, such as the locking of storage cabinets, periodic inspection, and environmental audits.

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