Environment Initiatives to Reduce Waste and Reuse Resources
Pollution of the natural environment by waste and the resulting impact on ecosystems have become problematic, and efforts to recycle resources will help curb environmental destruction and reduce waste, making a major contribution to the protection of the global environment.
Under the Medium-Term Environmental Action Plan 21-25, the Group has set the goal of reducing the volume of waste generated and the amount of final waste disposed, to this end, we are advancing the “3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) + Renewable” from the standpoint of correct handling and effective resource use with the aim of realizing a circular economy.
Waste reduction targets (Domestic)
- 30% reduction in waste generated by fiscal 2025 compared to fiscal 2019
- 50% reduction in final waste disposal by fiscal 2025 compared to fiscal 2019
Proper Management of Waste
As a waste-discharging enterprise, the Group properly implements and manages the conclusion of agreements with contractors for waste collection, conveyance and processing, the management of electronic manifests, and on-site confirmation of disposal contractors.
We choose waste disposal contractors who proactively recycle resources, conduct on-site confirmation before concluding these contracts, and evaluate whether disposal consignment is possible.
In fiscal 2022, waste generated by the domestic Group was 35% less than in fiscal 2019 and final disposal was 52% less than in fiscal 2019. The recycling rate was 59%. Going forward, we will evaluate measures to further promote recycling, including revision of processing methods and vendor selection.
Furthermore, we will continue to implement initiatives to minimize waste, such as switching from disposing of recovered solvents that have exceeded their recovery period, to sale of these substances.
Reduction of Plastic Consumption and Promotion of Recycling
In recent years, environmental pollution caused by the discharge and long-term accumulation of plastic waste in the ocean has become a major global problem. Additionally, disposal of fossil-based plastics has been demonstrated to increase greenhouse gas emissions. In the Group, we are considering improving the plastic materials used for packaging pharmaceuticals, with a view to improving our measures towards environmental problems associated with these plastics.
58% of the plastic waste generated by the domestic Group in fiscal 2022 was recycled (fiscal 2019: 48%). Looking to the future, we will continue to evaluate methods of further increasing the recycling rate.
The Group has proper management in place, in accordance with the Law Concerning the Promotion of Resource Circulation for Plastics, enacted on April 1, 2022. Emissions from the Company and the Group in fiscal 2022 were as shown in the following diagram. (Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation: 44 tons, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Factory Ltd.: 135 tons)