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Reducing Waste Volumes

Toshiba Group is working to reduce waste generation by minimizing the volume of waste generated per unit production, which indicates business process efficiency improvement, as well as by reducing the total volume of waste to a level below the Earth's environmental capacity.

Results of FY2017

The volume of waste (excluding that of objects with value) totaled 37,000 tons, which is 8,000 tons lower than the initial target. The total volume of waste generated per unit production was 86% compared to that of FY2013, achieving the initial target.

Future initiatives

We will work to reduce the amount of generated waste and increase sales of objects with value from waste, with the goal of reducing waste volume by 52,000 tons and improving the total volume of waste generated per unit production for FY2020 by 4% compared to the FY2013 level.

Waste volume and total volume of waste generated

(Benchmark year)
(Final fiscal year)
Waste volume 45,000 tons 37,000 tons 48,000 tons 52,000 tons
Total waste volume 108,000 tons 96,000 tons
Total waste volume
per unit activity
100% 99% 86% 98% 96%

Breakdown of the waste volume (FY2017)
[Image] Breakdown of the total volume of waste generated

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Promoting recycling

In FY2017, Toshiba Group recycled 91,000 tons of resources. 95% of the total volume of waste generated was reused effectively as various resources. The recycled resources consisted mainly of scrap metal, waste paper, and wood chips, and 94% of them were used effectively for material recycling (recycled into materials for products), and the remaining 6% for thermal recycling (heat recovery). In the future, Toshiba Group will continue to increase the total volume of resources recycled and at the same time will strive for higher quality recycling chiefly by increasing the percentage of resources recycled into materials.

Breakdown of the volume recycled (FY2017)
[Image] Breakdown of the volume recycled

Case : Wooden pallet reduction project


At TOSHIBA TEC SINGAPORE PTE LTD, reducing wooden pallets that had been disposed of as waste was an issue for concern. Previously, parts for printer manufacturing delivered from suppliers were packaged in cardboard boxes and stacked on wooden pallets, and such pallets that were no longer necessary after shipment were disposed of as waste.
Therefore, TOSHIBA TEC SINGAPORE created platform trucks that can be reused as alternatives to wooden pallets and requested suppliers to continuously use these platform trucks for delivery. As a result of this improvement, the company reduced the waste volume of wooden pallets by approximately 10 tons per year. This activity was also recognized elsewhere and received the Distinction Award and Gold Award in the FY2016 Singapore Packaging Agreement Award.

[Image] Wooden pallet reduction project

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Case : Reducing metal waste through 3R activities at a semiconductor manufacturing site

Toshiba Semiconductor (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Toshiba Semiconductor (Thailand) Co., Ltd., which manufactures small-signal devices and optical devices, faced the challenge of how to reduce the amount of metal waste. To overcome this challenge, the company actively implemented 3R measures in cooperation with its mother plant, the Himeji Operations-Semiconductor, to reduce the amount of waste, including lead frames and mold resin.

[Image] Increasing the density of lead frames
Increasing the density
of lead frames

• Reducing generated waste by 25.3 t/year by replacing conventional lead frames with high-density-type frames (material utilization efficiency: 242% of the previous level)
• Reducing generated waste by 1.6 t/year by making the shape of mold resin smaller (material utilization efficiency: 466% of the previous level)

The company also promoted recycling of electronic parts, including spray cans and batteries, to achieve its goal of reducing the final disposal amount to zero to meet Thailand's administrative standard (DIW*). As a result, the DIW awarded the company the “Zero Waste to Landfill Achievement Award 2015.”

  • *DIW: Department of Industrial Works

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Case : Initiative for reducing waste through use of ICT solutions

[Image]Videoconference held via an ICT environment accessible anytime, anywhere
Videoconference held via an ICT environment accessible anytime, anywhere

Toshiba Solutions Corporation

Toshiba Solutions Corporation implements ICT solutions for work style innovation on its own and greatly contributes to effective use of resources. Expanding the use of thin clients specially designed to provide the minimal necessary functions to users (such as data input and display on network-connected devices) while centrally managing applications and files on servers has helped to increase reuse of existing PCs and to reduce disposal of such PCs. The company also actively uses ICT infrastructure and equipment in meetings, thereby reducing the amount of paper documents printed and distributed. As a result of these initiatives, the company reduced the amount of waste by 30% in the five years up to and including FY2014.

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