Waste Reduction and Recycling Management

Basic Policy

The Sumitomo Forestry Group makes efforts in attaining zero emissions and reducing industrial waste generated, at the same time as promoting reuse and recycling for each operational process in accordance with the Sumitomo Forestry Group Environmental Policies in order to build a sustainable and recycling-oriented society. In the Mid-Term Sustainability Targets announced in May 2019, the Sumitomo Forestry Group sets protecting resources, reducing the generation of waste and achieving zero emissions as critical targets to achieve by fiscal 2021. The Sumitomo Forestry Group aims to achieve its critical targets and defines priority measures in each business division. The performance toward achieving these targets is reviewed each fiscal year. In fiscal 2020, overall Sumitomo Forestry Group emissions volume was down 12.9% compared to the previous year. The amount of final disposal achieved our target of 56,632 ton with a result of 40,547 tons. This was a 27% reduction compared to the previous fiscal year. We will continue to strive to effectively use resources in the future.

Trends in Waste Generated and Recycling Rate Over the Last Five Years

Trends in Waste Generated and Recycling Rate Over the Last Five Years

*1 Data for Alpine MDF Industries Ltd. (Alpine) has been excluded because the company was sold in March 2017

*2 The period of data collected for emissions in fiscal 2020 is from January to December 2020 while the period of data for emissions collected in the previous years was from April to March

Initiatives at Domestic Manufacturing Facilities

Sumitomo Forestry Group managed to achieve a recycling rate of 99.1% against the target of 99.2% while zero emissions (recycling rate of 98% or more) were achieved at Sumitomo Forestry Crest and the Agro-Products division of Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping in fiscal 2020 as a result of ongoing efforts to reduce waste emissions, for example by tightening the sorting of industrial waste and selling it for a profit.

Recycling Rate at Domestic Manufacturing Plants
(Sumitomo Forestry Crest, the Agro-Products division of Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping, Japan Bio Energy, Okhotsk Bio Energy, Michinoku Bio Energy)

Recycling Rate at Domestic Manufacturing Plants (Sumitomo Forestry Crest, the Agro-Products division of Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping, Japan Bio Energy, Okhotsk Bio Energy, Michinoku Bio Energy)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Domestic Manufacturing Plants (FY2020*)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Domestic Manufacturing Plants (FY2020)

* The period of data collection for the recycling rate during fiscal 2020 is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Initiatives at Overseas Manufacturing Plants

We are working toward zero emissions with two new Group companies from fiscal 2019: Sinar Rimba Pasifik (SRP) in Indonesia and Canyon Creek Cabinet (CCC) in the United States in addition to five main manufacturing companies outside Japan*. Kutai Timber Indonesia collects wood waste generated during the particle board manufacturing process and reuses it as boiler fuel or in wood building materials.

In fiscal 2020, the total volume of waste produced was 222,816t, with a final waste processing volume of 3,674t and a recycling rate of 98.4% against the 97.9% target set by the Mid-Term Sustainability Targets. The Mid-Term Sustainability Targets set the target of a 98% recycling rate to be achieved by fiscal 2021.

* Indonesia: Kutai Timber Indonesia, PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia, and PT. AST Indonesia
New Zealand: Nelson Pine Industries Ltd.
Vietnam: Vina Eco Board Co., Ltd.

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Overseas Manufacturing Plants (FY2020)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Overseas Manufacturing Plants (FY2020)

Efforts at New Housing Construction Sites

We work to reduce waste generated at Sumitomo Forestry's new housing construction sites. At monthly meetings of our Waste Reduction Working Group, leaders of sub-groups raise and share issues while managing progress toward meeting targets. Efforts to reduce waste have included the use of the bare minimum necessary packaging materials and reusable protective material for flooring. We engaged in initiatives that aimed to achieve the 98% recycling rate set by the Mid-Term Sustainability Targets, which was 95.2% against our target of 97.7% for fiscal 2020. In the future, we will strive to further reduce waste emissions and improve our recycling rate through precuts of roof slate and external wall siding.

In the Tokyo metropolitan area, the Company obtained inter-region recovery and recycling certification, whereupon we established the Metropolitan Area Recycling Center, and implemented streamlined sorting of waste. Since fiscal 2018, new housing construction site waste processing operations expanded areas covered by the inter-region recovery and recycling certification are promoting a higher recycling rate.

Recycling Rate at New Housing Construction Sites
(Housing and Construction Division, Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping, Sumitomo Forestry Home Engineering)

Recycling Rate at New Housing Construction Sites (Housing and Construction Division, Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping, Sumitomo Forestry Home Engineering)

Breakdown of Waste Generated by Disposal Process for New Housing Construction Sites (FY2020*)

Breakdown of Waste Generated by Disposal Process for New Housing Construction Sites (FY2020)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at New Housing Construction Sites (FY2020*)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at New Housing Construction Sites (FY2020)

* The period of data collection for fiscal 2020 is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020

Renovation Business Initiatives

We are working to reduce waste generated by renovation sites by using protective materials as well as other measures to mitigate waste generation. In fiscal 2014, Sumitomo Forestry Home Tech began recycling wood waste materials generated at its renovation sites. Our efforts to use resources effectively include recycling wood waste as raw material for particle board. The recycling rate in fiscal 2020 was 65.2% against our target of 80.0%. In the future, we will more thoroughly sort waste on site with the aim of a recycling rate of 80%.

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Renovation Business Operations (FY2020*)
(Sumitomo Forestry Home Tech)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Renovation Business Operations (FY2020) (Sumitomo Forestry Home Tech)

* The period of data collection for fiscal 2020 is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020

Efforts at Demolition Housing Sites

Sumitomo Forestry was promoting resource recycling even before the enactment of the Construction Material Recycling Law implemented in 2002 by ensuring that materials were properly sorted during demolition prior to the construction of a new house and that waste remained sorted for processing afterwards. Since the enactment in 2002, the Company has recycled the items required under the Law (wood waste, concrete, etc.), sorting them at the sites where the waste is generated.

The recycling rate* for concrete and metal waste was almost 100% in fiscal 2020, as it was the previous year. A 100% recycling rate was achieved for wood waste through measures including the thorough removal of extraneous matter. The Mid-Term Sustainability Targets set the target of 98% recycling rate for construction areas that the Construction Material Recycling Law does not apply to (total floor area of 80m² or less).

* Recycling rate calculation includes metals in addition to construction materials specified under the Construction Material Recycling Law (concrete, asphalt-concrete and wood waste) and metals.

Breakdown of Demolition Waste Generated (FY2020*)

Breakdown of Demolition Waste Generated (FY2020*)

* The period of data collection for fiscal 2020 is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020

Power Generation Business Initiatives

In power generation business operations, incineration ash emitted by biomass boilers is blended with quicklime for reuse primarily as a forest roadbed material. In fiscal 2018, it was manufactured under the product name Rovander, and received approval as a Hokkaido Government-certified Recycled Product. The recycling rate set as a target for fiscal 2020 was 79.3%, but effective use of incinerator ash allowed us to surpass our target and achieve a rate of 91.0%.

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Power Generation Business Operations (FY2020*)
(Mombetsu Biomass Power Generation, Hachinohe Biomass Power Generation)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Power Generation Business Operations (FY2020*) (Mombetsu Biomass Power Generation, Hachinohe Biomass Power Generation)

* The period of data collection for fiscal 2020 is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020

Initiatives at Lifestyle Service Business, Housing-Related Materials Sales*1, etc.

At waste-generating locations of enterprises such as Lifestyle Service Business and housing materials sales, initiatives to reduce amounts of waste generated are implemented at a department level.

Breakdown of Waste Generated by Lifestyle Service Business, Housing-related Materials Sales, etc. (FY2020*2)

Breakdown of Waste Generated by Lifestyle Service Business, Housing-related Materials Sales, etc.

*1 Housing materials sales comprise distribution and renovation operations, Tsukuba Research Institute, etc.

*2 The period of data collection for fiscal 2020 is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Formulating Standards to Handle Plastics

Plastics spread throughout society quickly and brought convenience and other benefits to our lives. However, the reuse and material recycling rate of plastics is still low in the world, compared to other materials. Pollution problems caused by plastics waste flowing into our oceans have become a global issue. The Sumitomo Forestry Group set measures to respond to the issue of plastics in August 2019, and it has been raising awareness in all relevant departments. We are looking into any and all alternatives to plastic goods for novelty item, stationary supplies and even packaging. We have put in place various initiatives from using cans instead of plastic bottles for vending machines and drinks stored at the company unless for a special reason, such as disaster prevention, to not passing out drinks in plastic bottles during meetings. We have also reflected and revised measures for handling plastics in the “Sumitomo Forestry Group Green Purchasing Guidelines”.

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