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Limiting the Amount of Waste Generated

Our Approach

The Fujitsu Group considers wastes as valuable resources and has continued to work toward recovering resources from its waste or using the waste as a source of energy. In Japan, our volume of final waste disposal has been decreasing every year. However, the environment surrounding waste disposal remains challenging as building new disposal sites is difficult and the existing ones have limited lifespans.

We are actively working to install new equipment and reuse waste with the objective to reduce the amounts of waste acid, waste alkali and sludge generated in the production of semiconductors and printed circuit boards. These efforts are in line with Japan’s Fundamental Law for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society to (1) reduce waste generated, (2) reuse it, (3) recycle it and (4) recover heat from it.

We have also established the company-wide Standards for Consignment of Waste Disposal to properly dispose waste, based on the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Law.

On-site Audits for Outsourcing Contractors

We conclude contracts with waste processing companies. These contracts are common for the whole Fujitsu Group. We conduct on-site audits of the waste processing companies with which we have contracts to periodically confirm that waste is being appropriately processed. If multiple business sites have contracts with the same processing company, then a representative business site conducts on-site audits based on the representative auditing regulations. In other cases, each business site individually conducts audits to confirm that waste processing is appropriate.

FY 2018 Performance and Results

Targets of the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage VIII) Last Fiscal Year
(FY 2018 results)
Reduce the amount of waste generated to less than the average level of FY 2012-2014 (25,568 tons) 19,056 tons

Promoting Measures to Reduce Waste Generation and Plastic Waste

At our Nagano Plant, we had been subcontracting the processing of organic renewal effluents as industrial waste to a waste processing company. However, we can now process this waste in-house and have reduced effluents by 206 ton/year.

Such efforts have enabled us to achieve our target by reducing the amount of waste generated to 19,056 tons (generation rate/sales revenue: 0.48 tons/100 million yen).

From 2018, China has prohibited the import of waste plastic. This is gradually turning waste plastic, which was being sold as a valuable product until now, into industrial waste. To deal with this issue, we are striving to reduce plastic waste by taking various measures, such as collaborating with external reuse companies to partially reuse parts trays used at the time of delivery of procured parts.

Waste Generated and Effective Utilization Ratio

Waste Generated, Effective Use, and Final Disposal (tons)
Waste Type Waste Generated Effective
Final Disposal
Sludge 4,015 3,963 52
Waste oil 1,023 987 35
Waste acid 3,211 3,211 0
Waste alkali 3,848 3,597 251
Waste plastic 3,055 3,005 50
Waste wood 789 777 12
Waste metal 477 477 0
Glass/ceramic waste 386 383 3
Other* 2,252 1,952 299
Total 19,056 18,353 703

* Other includes general waste, wastepaper, septic tank sludge, cinders, rubble, textile waste, animal and plant residue, and infectious waste.

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