Initiatives to develop a recycling-based society

Basic approach

In addition to complying with laws and regulations, we are looking after the environment and actively promoting 3R activities (reduce, reuse, recycle) as fellow inhabitants of this planet.

We are a resource-recycling corporation in the sense that our manufacturing uses steel scrap as a raw material.
We are fully focused on our mission of helping to recycle resources through our businesses and minimizing and recycling by-products.

To ensure the safe, secure and stable handling of by-products, we are working to establish a number of different recycling techniques and recyclers, while developing new technologies and recycled material users.

FY2016 targets and results

In fiscal 2016 we reduced production volumes and promoted recycling in compliance with the Guidelines on the Aichi Prefectural Ordinance on Appropriate Use of Recycled Resources. We have achieved a 96.8% byproduct recycling rate, but we seek to make even further improvements. It is difficult to recycle the remaining byproducts both technologically and in terms of cost, but we are developing additional recycling technologies and working to meet society’s expectations for recycling technology while contributing to a sustainable global environment

Direct landfill

5,114 t/year

Indirect landfill

3,318 t/year

Contributions to end-of-life vehicle recycling

In accordance with the End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling Act, which came into effect in 2005, the Toyota group has been working towards total recycling. Aichi Steel is cooperating with Toyota Metal Co., Ltd. to improve recycling and develop recycling technology for glass parts, which have been the most difficult.

We introduced silica sand into steelmaking slag generated in electric furnaces as a slag settling agent, but we focused on the similarities between silica sand and the glass components and made it possible to achieve the same effects by mixing silica sand with waste glass, and it is now possible to recycle waste glass as an electric furnace byproduct.

As a result, the end-of-life vehicle recycling rate increased to 99.8%.

* Slag settling agent: An electric furnace byproduct that is added to control the slag components, reduce the temperature as a cooling material, and curtail explosive boiling.

Waste glass from cars was previously difficult to recycle due to its specialty components and color