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Environment

Our lives, communities and business activities are inextricably linked to the environment. The Otsuka group embraces its responsibility to care for the environment and pursue sustainability at every stage, from the manufacturing of products through to their use.

Waste Reduction

The Otsuka group aims to help create a recycling-oriented society. By curbing waste generation and promoting recycling, the group strives to attain final disposal amounts close to zero in its effort to achieve zero emissions.

Reducing Waste

In 2016, the 13 group companies in Japan discharged 336 thousand tons of waste from business activities. While the amount of waste discharged fluctuates with changes in production output, the group strives to recover resources and to reduce its final disposal amount through reuse and recycling initiatives. In fiscal 2016, its recycling rate was 98.5% and the final disposal amount was 465 tons. Each factory will continue robust 3R (reduce, reuse, and recycle) initiatives with the aim of achieving zero emissions.
Recycling Rate and Final Disposal Amount
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* Results are for the nine months Apr–Dec.

Recycling rate (%) = (Amount of other waste recycled + Amount of saleable resources) / (Final disposal amount + Amount of other waste recycled + Amount of saleable resources) ×100

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PRTR Substances

Management of PRTR substances* at the 13 group companies in Japan are shown in the graph below.

* Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs). There are presently 462 substances designated under Japan’s PRTR system.
Handling, Release, and Transfer of PRTR Substances
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* Results are for the nine months Apr–Dec.

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Waste Reduction and 3R Promotion

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: “Tokushima Prefecture Certified 3R Model Site” certification for the Naruto Factory

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EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Canister reuse

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Tokushima Wajiki Factory

Through 3R (reduce, reuse, and recycle) promotion efforts, the Otsuka group of companies is helping to build a recycling-oriented society and working to achieve the goal of zero emissions. Otsuka Pharmaceutical is working on material*1 and thermal*2 recycling, wherever possible, for waste emitted from its manufacturing processes. Five out of its seven factories in Japan have achieved zero emissions. The remaining factories have also been working to recycle particulate matter and ash generated by incinerator operation. As a result of these efforts, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has achieved zero emissions status on a company-wide level, based on its internal standards.
In 2009, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory achieved—and continues to maintain—a zero emission status with a recycling rate of 99% or more at all its production plants. The Naruto, Matsushige, Toyama, and Kushiro Factories have also received environmental certification, including model site status, from relevant municipalities. Otsuka Foods also achieved, and has maintained, zero emissions status for all its plants since 2010. The Tokushima Factory sorts manufacturing waste into 39 types and processes and recycles it into 13 kinds of products. In recognition of these efforts, the plant was certified as a Tokushima Prefecture 3R Implementation Site.
The recycling efforts of the Hanamaki Factory of EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical include: providing empty canisters that previously contained raw-material fats and oils to an enterprise for reuse as agricultural product transport containers; and corrugated cardboard and polyethylene bags to recyclers as valuable waste. Otsuka Techno also continues to maintain a recycling rate of 99% or more, through initiatives to improve the recycling rate based on thorough waste sorting as it strives to achieve zero emissions at the plant. The Naruto head office, Naruto Factory and Wajiki Factory have been approved as Tokushima Prefecture Certified 3R Model Sites.

*1: Reusing waste as raw materials for products
*2: Recovering and utilizing the energy generated during the incineration of waste
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