Sustainability

Resources Recycling Initiatives

We promote resources recycling initiatives with a focus on reducing the amount of landfill waste.

Reduction of Landfill Waste

The Group’s targets (KPIs) for FY2030

By FY2030, improve the landfill waste volume per sales unit by 10% compared to FY2018

The Teijin Group is committed to continued efforts to reduce landfill waste by reusing waste and switching to recycling of materials, chemicals, and thermal substances.

With a decline in operation rate due to the impact of COVID-19, our landfill waste volume in FY2020 decreased 18% compared with the previous year, to 13.4 thousand tons, representing an 18% improvement per sales unit compared with FY2018.

Further, with regard to reduction of waste with no effective use for which the target was to reduce by 85% or more compared to the FY1998 level by FY2020, the amount was 15.4 thousand tons for FY2020, decreasing by 19% year-on-year. The reduction rate compared to FY1998 was 67% and the target could not be achieved.

In FY2018, Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) was included in the scope of aggregation so the amount of waste increased significantly. We are moving forward with specific efforts to reduce landfill waste volume at CSP, which, among Group companies, generates a particularly large volume of waste, including reducing the volume of plastic waste by improving the yield rate at each of CSP's factories.

Trends in landfill waste volume and volume per sales unit*

  • *There was an error in the figure and It was corrected on February 3, 2022.

Trends in “waste with no effective use”

Measures to Address the Marine Plastic Waste Problem

Marine plastic waste has become a serious problem as a result of its negative impacts on life and ecosystems through marine pollution and food chains. This problem has become an increasingly urgent global concern. In September 2018, the Teijin Group issued a "Declaration for Solving the Plastic Marine Waste Problem" to demonstrate its commitment to this problem. Regulatory trends surrounding marine plastic waste could elevate the risk of a loss of existing business. However, the Teijin Group considers this as an opportunity to drive growth in the markets for recycling and alternative products. Based on this belief, the Teijin Group is advancing initiatives to reduce its environmental impact and provide environmental value solutions.

Declaration for Solving the Plastic Marine Waste Problem

Helping to solve the marine plastic waste problem through the recycling of PET bottle

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd. has been implementing a recycling project based on the concept of "local production for local consumption" in various parts of Japan. In this project, Teijin Frontier collects waste generated at the venues of outdoor events and recycles this waste into resources. In July 2018, Teijin Frontier collected PET bottles at a beach cleanup event at Katsuura Beach and recycled the PET bottles into original straps. In September 2018, "Munakata Fes," an outdoor music festival, was held in the city of Fukutsu in Fukuoka Prefecture. At the event, Teijin Frontier handed out the original straps made from recycled PET bottles to participants in the cleanup activities and volunteers at the venue of the music festival. Teijin Frontier also collected PET bottles on the days of the "Munakata Fes" for recycling and recycled them into official merchandise for the 2019 music festival.

Cleanup activities at Munakata Fes