Reduction and Recycling of Waste

Waste Generation

The Asahi Group is continuing to target 100% by-products and waste recycling and endeavoring to reduce the volume of waste generation.

*Waste recycling target: 100% recycling of by-products and waste generated at domestic business production sites (plants) (according to the group definitions)

Domestic businesses Changes in the volume of by-products and waste generated, and basic unit
Domestic businesses Changes in the volume of by-products and waste generated, and basic unit

*Net sales in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) was used for basic unit calculations from 2016.
*The area of analysis of by-products and waste generated included only Oceania up to 2017 and then Oceania and Europe in 2018.

By-products and waste generated by business

Unit: kilogtons

Business name 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1. Alcoholic beverages business 242 247 231 260 243
2. Soft drinks business 44 42 40 40 38
3. Food business 6.3 6.3 6.1 6.4 5.8
4. Other businesses* 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
5. Overseas businesses 16 19 22 17 490
Total of items 1 to 5 308 314 299 324 777
Basic unit of by-products and waste generated (kg/one million yen): per units of net sales 165 167 179 177 344

*Generated from production bases (factories)
*4. Other businesses include the building of the Asahi Group Holdings headquarters.

By-products and waste generated and recycled by region

Unit: kilogtons

Region Fiscal year Waste generated Recycled Recycled rate (%)
Japan 2014 292 292 100
2015 295 295 100
2016 277 277 100
2017 307 307 100
2018 287 287 100
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand) 2014 16 13 82
2015 19 16 86
2016 22 18 84
2017 17 15 89
2018 16 14 88
Europe (Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Poland) 2018 474 457 97
Organizations covered

Use of Recycled Resources

The Asahi Group has achieved 100% by-products and waste recycling at all of the 34 domestic factories, excluding new Group companies , and remains committed to the realization of a recycling-based society.

Changes in the number of sites where the rate of recycling by-products and waste of 100% was achieved (factories of domestic Group companies)
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of sites where the rate of recycling by-products and waste of 100% was achieved 36/36 35/35 36/36 36/36 34/34

*Based on the independent recycling standards of the Group. The target sites are the Group's Head Office and production sites of domestic Group companies.

Methods of utilization for recycled by-products and waste (examples)
Methods of utilization
Malt feed
(crust of malt generated during the processing stage)
Sludge, screened lees Organic fertilizer, compost, etc.
Glass cullet Recycled bottles, new bottles, building materials, etc.
Collected raw material Residues Fodder
Surplus brewing yeast Quasi-pharmaceutical products such as "Ebios" manufactured by Asahi Food & Healthcare Co., Ltd., food material such as yeast extract, and "Asahi Super Beer Yeast" etc.
Cardboard/paper Base paper of cardboard.
Waste palettes Manufactured paper, fuel chips.
Label chaff Recycled paper
Waste plastics Recycled plastic
Steel scrap Steel material
Aluminum scrap Aluminum cans, electrical products
Incinerated ash Base course material
Waste oil Oil equivalent to B-grade heavy oil
Other (waste barrels, etc.) Stainless-steel parts are Recycled and rubber parts are used as heat source

Biomass Power Generation

The Asahi Group Head Office building uses a methane fermentation system (Jyonanjima food recycling facility) to recycle food scrap waste into electricity and city gas and contribute to supplying electricity to Tokyo. Through this kind of initiative, the Head Office building has maintained 100% waste recycling since 2006.

External view of bioenergy facility
External view of bioenergy facility

Use of a Composting Accelerator



Asahi Calpis Wellness Co., Ltd. seeks to contribute to recycling-oriented agriculture by efficiently converting waste produced from raising stock, food processing and other operations into compost and reusing the results through the application of Thervelics, a composting accelerator that contains the original strain Bacillus subtilis C-3102. Thervelics efficiently carries out composting by accelerating the fermentation of food waste, such as vegetable peels, advancing the decomposition.
Compost produced in this way enables users to expect an increase in crop yield and a decrease in the amount of chemical fertilizers used.
The Asahi Group thinks that the greater application of Thervelics will promote the efficient recycling of food waste and contribute to revitalizing organic farming, in which compost is used.

Food waste recycling in employee cafeterias

The Asahi Group has introduced a composter that uses Thervelics to some of its staff canteens. The composter achieves zero kitchen waste and contributes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation and incineration of kitchen waste by converting waste and leftovers from canteens into compost.
The high-quality, mature compost eventually produced is supplied to farming families, where it is used for growing crops.

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Waste Management

From 2015, the Asahi Group has been progressively implementing a waste product data management system for all domestic Group companies to strengthen its information disclosure through the centralized management of waste product data, and strengthen compliance at plants of Group companies, even as the Group continues to promote the optimization of its operations.