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Reducing Environmental Impact

Zero Waste Emission Activities

Building a recycling framework

Ensuring activities to curb waste generation and emissions

To help use resources effectively and prevent resource depletion, the Brother Group ensures activities are carried out to curb waste generation, reduce emissions, and achieve "zero landfill waste" (meaning that less than 1% of waste generated at factories is sent to landfill). In our operations, respective business sites follow the ISO 14001  framework (under which they are certified) and the waste management manual, thereby systematically and continuously working to reduce waste.
In FY2003 (April 1, 2003-March 31, 2004 for business sites in Japan; and January 1, 2003-December 31, 2003 for facilities outside Japan), manufacturing facilities outside Japan and business sites in Japan started to share waste data using a common format and began to monitor the overall status. Efforts have been made to maintain and promote zero landfill waste at respective manufacturing facilities.

Results of the Brother Group's activities in FY2016

All the manufacturing facilities (except for Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. which started production in 2013 and Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. (BMV) which started production in 2014) and business sites in Japan maintained zero landfill waste.

Main activities at business sites in Japan

In FY2001 (April 1, 2001-March 31, 2002), the Brother Group's business sites in Japan achieved zero landfill waste, and work is continuing to prevent the generation of landfill waste at business sites.

Main zero waste activities at business sites in Japan

  • Promoting the recycling of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) used as packaging materials and resin parts that are waste from the repair process. These materials are reused a again as raw materials
  • Using garbage bags derived from recycled PE pellets  (manufactured by recycling operators) within the group
  • Using paper derived from confidential documents (recycled by a specialized collection contractor through shredding and liquefying processes) within the group
  • Turning food waste from the cafeterias of the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility and Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, which have large kitchen equipment, into compost through a specialized collection contractor; recycling waste edible oil as biofuel and using it in the logistics division within the group
  • Changing the disposal method of products returned by customers as industrial waste processing to processing as valuable commodities for material recycling
  • Processing corrugated fiberboard used as a cushioning material and reusing it as packing material for shipping service parts

Main activities at business sites outside Japan

Focusing on waste generation, all the manufacturing facilities worked to reduce and recycle waste and achieve zero landfill waste. Major sales facilities also worked toward obtaining/maintaining ISO 14001 certification and promoting waste reduction activities.

Main zero waste activities at manufacturing facilities outside Japan

  • Separating chips contaminated with water-soluble cutting fluid (emulsified liquid) which was disposed of as industrial waste into water-soluble cutting fluid and chips, in order to reuse the water-soluble cutting fluid and sell the chips (compressed into solids) to recyclers as valuable commodities
  • Significantly reducing waste paper by replacing application documents with electronic files at manufacturing facilities, reducing paper consumption in printing tests for printers, etc.
  • Significantly reducing packaging-related waste by replacing packaging boxes for parts with returnable containers and increasing the density of parts packaged in innovative packaging styles, etc.
  • Improving collection boxes for used printer cartridges and upgrading skills to repair scratches on the resin case surfaces, to improve the refurbishment rate for toner cartridges and to address waste generation
  • Promoting reuse of production equipment to reduce waste
  • Reducing the consumption of the degreasing agent for coating and cleaning parts and thereby reduce waste fluid

Main zero waste activities at sales facilities outside Japan

  • Acquiring ISO 14001 certification at main sales facilities, and promoting waste reduction activities
  • Ensuring separation of waste by type, and raising awareness about zero waste activities
  • Having separated waste appropriately recycled by a specialized contractor to effectively utilize resources

Changes in waste volume of the Brother Group

Changes in waste volume of the Brother Group

  • *:    It was found that the recycled amount for the past fiscal years included incineration of waste without energy recovery when aggregating the results for FY2016. The amount cannot be determined retrospectively. Thus, the amount is reported from FY2015 and FY2016.
FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center), Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd., Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd., Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.,*1 Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd.,*2 Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd., Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd., Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd., Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd., and Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd., Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc., and Nissei Corporation were added to the scope of aggregation on the left. Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. was added to the scope of aggregation on the left. Same as on the left Same as on the left
  • *1: Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. is a business site established through the merger of Xian Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. (formerly Xian Typical Brother Industries, Co., Ltd.) with Brother Sewing Machine Xian Co., Ltd. in 2010. In the same year, Brother Sewing Machine (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. transferred its business to Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.
  • *2: Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.

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