3R Activities – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

As a manufacturer, promoting the efficient use of limited resources is an important mission. The SII Group strives to improve the efficient use of resources in all of its processes.

FY2008 Overview

● Waste Reduction

Total Waste Generation in Japan Sites (Including resalable waste)

Waste generated in Japan sites: 3,485 tons
(701 ton increase, or +25% from FY2007)

Total Waste Generation in Overseas Sites (Including resalable waste)

Waste generated in overseas sites: 3,528 tons
(292 ton increase, or -8% from FY2007)

● Water Use Reduction

・Japan sites: the amount of water used was 772,000 m3, which achieved the target. (99,000 m3 reduction, or -11% from FY2007)

・Overseas sites: the amount of water used was 637,000 m3, which partly achieved the target. (590 m3 reduction, or 0% from FY2007)

  • Overseas Sites
    • SIH:Seiko Instruments (H.K.) Ltd.
      GSW:Guangzhou SII Watch Co., Ltd.
      INTECH:Instruments Technology (Johor) Sdn.Bhd.
      DSI:Dalian Seiko Instruments Inc.
      SIS:Seiko Instruments Singapore Pte. Ltd.
      GSI:Guangzhou Seiko Instruments Ltd.
      SIT:Seiko Instruments (Thailand) Ltd.

Our Concept and Current Status
In FY2008, our total waste generation amount failed to achieve the target goal at Japan sites. The failure is mainly due to the increase in waste liquid at the production sites. The existing waste liquid treatment equipment required upgrading to respond to the Tokyo Bay discharge regulation (including the sixth regulation for water quality and total emission amount). During the upgrading period, liquid waste was collected and treated as industrial waste, resulting in increase of the generation amount. At the end of FY2008, we installed equipment to collect concentrated waste liquid to tanks. In FY2009, the amount of liquid waste is expected to be reduced.

For waste material recycling in our Japan sites, we promote quality improvement of the “zero emission initiative”. Aiming to reduce the final disposal rate from 3% to 1%, we also review current recycling methods to shift to more effective methods. All of our production facilities in Japan almost finished reviews of the recycling methods for the waste material.

Our overseas production facilities are promoting the improvement of the recycling rate to use resources more efficiently. In particular, we have made significant progress in recycling waste metal, machining oil, solvent cleaner and molding plastic.

Waste Treatment Audit
SII entrusts waste treatment to third parties and carries out on-site audits on a regular basis. To make the audits more reliable, the Head Office Environment Division also checks third parties’ performance. In case a third party is entrusted with the waste treatment for more than one site, SII promotes information sharing.

SII Sites Case Study

  • Guangzhou Seiko Instruments Ltd. (GSI) made original eco-bags and distributed them to each employee.
    In June 2008, plastic bags became chargeable at all supermarkets and stores in China. The idea of original eco-bags was generated among the employees to promote the environmental activities further. The environmental awareness has been enhanced steadily in GSI.
  • Sendai Unit (Sendai, Miyagi) has collected waste cooking oil and used biodiesel in cooperation with the recycling manufacturer and the canteen contractor. Waste cooking oil from the canteen kitchen are recycled to biodiesel by the recycling manufacturer and used as company-owned car fuel by the canteen contractor.