Initiatives to Reduce Waste

Materiality Focus

Waste recycling rate

Reporting scope: Toray Group

Fiscal 2016 target:
86% or more


The Toray Group is carrying out zero emission initiatives as it works toward the realization of a sustainable, recycling-based world. Under the Fourth Medium-Term Environmental Plan, the Group worked to achieve its fiscal 2015 targets for rates of simply disposed waste,1landfill waste2 and recycled waste,3 which have been set as indicators for measuring progress toward attaining zero emissions.

  1. 1 Simply disposed waste rate = (incineration +landfill) / total waste
  2. 2 Landfill waste rate = landfill waste / total waste
  3. 3 Recycling rate = (recycled resources + resources with monetary worth) / (total waste + resources with monetary worth)

Results in Fiscal 2016

Simply Disposed Waste Rate

The simply disposed waste rate was 25.6%, up 4.5 percentage points year-on-year. The increase was due to higher volumes of simply disposed waste at group companies outside Japan from changing production processes, despite lower volumes generated by group companies in Japan.

Simply Disposed Waste Rate (Toray Group)

Simply Disposed Waste Rate (Toray Group)

Landfill Waste Rate

In fiscal 2016, the rate of landfill waste for the Toray Group was 0.6%, down 0.9 percentage points. The decrease was due to the absence of disposed inventory that was damaged from a one-time accident in fiscal 2015, and reduction of sludge at Toray.

Landfill Waste Rate (Toray and Its Group Companies in Japan)

Landfill Waste Rate (Toray and Its Group Companies in Japan)

Recycling Rate

In fiscal 2016, the recycling rate for the Toray Group decreased by 3.2 percentage point to 84.0%. The recycling of valuables increased slightly at group companies in Japan, but the additional simply disposed wastes were generated at group companies outside Japan.

Recycling Rate (Toray Group)

Recycling Rate(Toray Group)

Zero Emissions Initiatives at Companies and Plants

The Toray Group considers a plant to have achieved zero emissions when the amount of simply disposed waste accounts for 1% or less of the total waste it generates. The Group works on its fiscal 2020 target of achieving zero emissions at 45 or more plants. In fiscal 2016, six plants newly achieved zero emissions, but four plants that achieved it the previous year did not, bringing the total to 42 plants at 23 companies.

Companies and Plants with Zero Emissions Status in Fiscal 2016

Toray Shiga Plant, Seta Plant, Ehime Plant,Tokai Plant, Aichi Plant, Okazaki Plant, Mishima Plant, Chiba Plant, Tsuchiura Plant, Gifu Plant, Ishikawa Plant
Group companies in Japan Ogaki Fuso Spinning Co., Ltd. [Fuso], Toray Coatex Co., Ltd., Maruichi Fiber Co., Ltd., Toray Monofilament Co., Ltd., Toray Hybrid Cord, Inc., Toray Engineering Co., Ltd. [Shiga, Seta], Toray Precision Co., Ltd., Dow Corning Toray Co., Ltd.[Chiba, Fukui], Soda Aromatic Co., Ltd. [Koriyama], Toray Opelontex Co., Ltd., Du Pont-Toray Co., Ltd. , Toyo Plastic Seiko Co., Ltd. [Okazaki], Toray PEF Products Inc., Toray Advanced Film Co., Ltd. [Nakatsugawa, Mishima, Takatsuki, Fukushima], Toray Fine Chemicals Co., Ltd. [Moriyama, Tokai, Matsuyama], Toray Battery Separator Film Co., Ltd., Toray Medical Co., Ltd.
Group companies outside Japan Toray Plastics (America), Inc. [Virginia, Rhode Island], Penfibre Sdn. Berhad, Toray Jifa (Qingdao) Textile Co., Ltd., Toray Plastics (Shenzhen) Ltd., Toray Chemical Korea Inc. [Anseong, Yugu]


  1. 1. Names in bold indicate companies and plants that achieved zero emissions in fiscal 2016for the first time.
  2. 2. Information in brackets refers to the names of the plants.