Promoting the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle)

We will promote business operations considering 3Rs when disposing of end-of-life vehicles (ELV), as well as in the development/design and production phases.
We will contribute to realisation of sustainable recycling-oriented society by carefully using resources throughout the process.

Consideration to recycling


Continuation of design aimed for reducing materials

Among 3Rs, the first priority should be “Reducing (emission reduction)”. Under the policy of making parts Smaller, Fewer, Lighter, Shorter, and Neater, Suzuki is promoting reduction of emission by thoroughly reducing materials to be used and weight saving.
For example, the front and rear bumpers and radiator grille of Swift launched in January 2017 have been slimmed.

Expanding adoption of thermoplastic resin parts

Recyclable design

Recyclable vehicle design is an important factor to allow for easy recycling of end-of-life cars.
Suzuki always tries to produce eco-friendly vehicles by employing easy-to-recycle materials for exterior and interior resin parts.

Major components using recyclable resinous materials (example: exterior of Swift)

Use of easily recyclable resinous materials

Plastic is roughly divided into two types: “Thermoset resin”*1 and “Thermoplastic resin”*2.
By applying the thermoplastic resin to almost all plastic parts, Suzuki is promoting environmentally-friendly vehicle manufacturing.

Major components using recyclable resinous materials (example: Interior of Swift)

Component names

Room mirror
Room lamp
Center pillar trim Upper
DSBS cover
Quarter trim Upper
Glove box Box
Side sill scuff
Console box
Instrument cluster panel
Instrument panel
Front pillar trim
Assist grip
Door handle
Door trim Front Board
Arm rest
Rear Board
Pull case
Back Board
  • *1 Thermoset resin
    This is a resin material that will not be softened or melted after being hardened by heat and pressure even when reheated.
  • *2 Thermoplastic resin
    This type of resin material can be softened or melted by reheating even after being formed, and will be solidified by cooling. It is reusable through repetitive melting and solidifying.

Major components using in-mold resin materials (interior of WagonR)


Promoting the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle)

Expanded use of PP* recycle material for effective resource utilisation

To promote effective utilisation of resources, we use the recyclable in-mold material PP resin material in 16 exterior resin parts and bottom plate of seat of GSX-R1000/R.
As for overall exterior resin parts, weight is reduced by approximately 14% compared to the previous model through thinning of parts, reducing the weight of materials used.
Also, recyclable in-mold material PP resin material is used in 7 exterior resin parts and bottom plate of seat of GSX-S750.


Easy disassembly of parts

We are pursuing ease of disassembly of parts for promoting recyclable design.
For GSX-R1000/R, we modularised headlamp, meter, upper cowling, and under cowling in consideration of the ease of disassembling.

Example of diassembly of GSX-R1000/R

Outboard Motors

Recyclable design

Recyclable design is an important factor to allow for easy recycling of end-of-life outboard motor. Suzuki always tries to produce eco-friendly outboard motors by employing easily recyclable materials for covers and other components and increasing the use of easily-disassembled tapping screws.

Major components using recyclable resinous parts (example: DF150AP exterior)


Domestic recycling promotion

Efforts for Automobile Recycling Law

In accordance with Automobile Recycling Law*1 enforced in January 2005, Suzuki has exercised its duty to collect and/or recycle shredder scraps (ASR*2), airbags, and CFC of end-of-life vehicles.
Implementation in FY2016 (from April 2016 to March 2017) is as below.

Collection and recycle of ASR

Our ASR recycling rate was as high as 97.7% in FY2016, continuously achieving or surpassing the legal target for FY2015 or later (70% or higher) since as early as FY2008. Vehicle recycling rate reached 99.5%*3.
We are promoting collection and recycling of ASRs through ART*4 organised by 13 domestic automobile manufacturers (as of 31 March 2017), including Nissan Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corporation, and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, for working together with nation-wide recycling companies for the purposes of conforming to the relevant regulations, properly disposing of waste, increasing the recycling rate, and reducing the disposal cost.

Trends in ASR recovery rate and vehicle recycling rate(from FY2010 to FY2016)

Collection and Recycle of Air Bags and Freon

In FY2016, our airbag recycling rate was 93.5%, continuously achieving or surpassing the legal target (85% or higher) since as early as FY2004. The amount of CFCs that we collected and disposed of was 83,816.7kg.
For collection and recycle of air bags and collection and disposal of Freon (HFC) materials, Suzuki and other auto makers organised the Japan Auto Recycling Partnership for working together with recycling companies throughout the nation.
We will make continuous efforts to promote the recycling activities, while designing easy-to-recycle products, saving and effectively using resources, reducing the amount of wastes, reducing the cost of recycling, and establishing a stable recycling system.

  • *1 Automobile Recycling Law: Formal name "Act on Recycling, etc. of End-of-Life Vehicles"
  • *2 Automobile Shredder Residue
  • *3 Calculated by adding to the percentage recycled and recovered up to the dismantling and shredding processes (approximately 83%, quoted from the May 2003 joint council report) the remaining ASR rate of 17% × ASR recovery rate of 97%
  • *4 Abbreviation for Automobile shredder residue Recycling promotion Team

Result of recycling in FY2016

〈Results of recycling of treatment specified three items〉

ASR Total weight of ASR taken back /
Total number of ELVs taken back
50,600.3t/392,998 units
Weight of ASR taken back 48,346.1t
ASR recovery rate 97.7%
Airbags Total weight / Total number of ELVs 68,389.4kg/234,442 units
Total weight of recycled airbags 63,959.1kg
Airbag recycling ratio 93.5%
CFCs Weight of CFC / Number of ELVs 83,816.7kg/345,239 units

〈Balance of Payments〉

(Unit: yen)

Amount of official credit deposit received 3,246,727,127
Amount of recycling cost deposit received 2,774,202,105
Balance of payments 472,525,022

Please refer to the following website concerning our automobile recycling initiative (only in Japanese language)

Promotion of voluntary recycling efforts

Efforts for recycling of bumpers

In an effort to use resources more effectively, we have been collecting and recycling used bumpers that have been removed from automobiles by distributors at the time of repair or replacement.
Initially, used bumpers were collected from distributors in the original form. Since 2000, however, they have been collected after being shredded by a shredding machine, which has been installed in almost all of our distributors (with some exception). Additional bumper shredding machine were introduced or added in FY2012.
As a result, the cubic volume of the (shredded) bumpers for transportation was reduced to 1/6 of the previous volume, allowing for reduction of CO₂ emission during transportation due to efficient transfer and handling of the downsized materials.
The collected bumpers are recycled and reused to produce such automotive parts as side deck insulator cover, fuel filler hose cover, battery holder, engine undercover, foot rest, etc.

Examples of parts using recycled materials

Recycling of batteries

Collection and recycling of used lithium-ion batteries in Japan

Lithium-ion batteries are employed by the low fuel consumption technologies of ENE-CHARGE, S-ENE CHARGE, Mild Hybrid, and Hybrid which are introduced in WagonR, Spacia, Alto, Hustler, Solio, Swift, etc. Suzuki has established and is operating a system to collect and properly dispose of the used lithium-ion batteries when disposing of those vehicles at the end of their lives.
For more details of collection and recycling of the used lithium-ion battery, access the following website.
(only in Japanese language)

Collecting and recycling of used lithium-ion batteries in Europe

We launched the Baleno equipped with SHVS mild hybrid system installed with the lithium-ion battery in Europe in April 2016, and subsequently launched the Ignis and the Swift. Mainly by local importers (distributors), we are trying to build the network for collecting used lithium-ion batteries according to the EU “Directives for used batteries (2006/66/EC)” and local laws/regulations.

Rebuilt parts (reused parts) for repair*

For effective use of natural resources and reduction of customers’ economic burden, Suzuki deals in rebuilt parts for automatic transmission (including CVT).

* Rebuilt parts are the aftermarket parts that are removed and collected at the time of repair, reproduced with the damaged or worn portions replaced, and finally inspected.

Promotion of recycling abroad

In the European Union, according to the End-of-life Vehicle Directive (ELV Directive: 2000/53/EC), which came into effect in 2000, automobile manufacturers and importers are required to establish a proper system for collecting and disposing of disused automobiles (ELVs). Suzuki is now organising the worldwide ELV collection networks that are designed to be suitable for internal conditions of individual countries, with local importers (dealers) taking a leading role.
In addition, we are obliged to provide disposal companies with the dismantling information on new model automobiles, and we give such information through the international information system IDIS (International Dismantling Information System) jointly organised with other automobile manufacturers.
Moreover, in accordance with the RRR (Reusability, Recyclability, and Recoverability) Directive 2005/64/EC, it is required that new vehicles shall be reusable and/or recoverable to a minimum of 95% by weight as a condition for receiving the type approval of motor vehicles in the European Union. To satisfy that condition, we were audited by an authorised auditing agency on our systems for collecting material data and verifying environmental impact substances. As a result, we acquired the certificate of conformance (COCom) in August 2008 and the Whole Vehicle Type Approval based on the RRR Directive for all of our vehicles sold in Europe. Then, due to the revision of European RRR Directive (2009/1/EC), we were audited again by another authorised organisation and obtained a new COCom in October 2013, which was updated in October 2013 and October 2015, and our new models have received the type approval based on the revised Directive.


Regarding voluntary recycling of motorcycles

We have voluntarily operated the "motorcycle recycling system" together with four domestic motorcycle manufacturing companies and 12 import business operators since October 2004 in order to ensure proper disposition and recycling of discarded motorcycles. We started the free-of-charge service to taken back end-of-life motorcycles in October 2011.
End-of-life motorcycles are taken back at “EL motorcycle dealers” and “designated collection centers” throughout the nation for convenience of our customers. These discarded motorcycles are then collected at 14 scrapping/recycling facilities, and disassembled, shredded, and sorted. Those that can be used as recycled materials are reused, while other waste materials are properly disposed of.
The recycling rate in FY2016 is 98.0% of the weight basis, achieving the recycling rate target of 95%.

For more details, access the following websites. (In Japanese language only)
For more details on Voluntary Motorcycle Recycling Eff orts by Suzuki, access the following website.
For the details of Japan Automobile Recycling Promotion Center, access the following website. (for motorcycle recycle)

Trends in recycling rate of motorcycle products(from FY2010 to FY2016)

Outboard Motors

Voluntary efforts for recycling FRP* boats

Suzuki aggressively participates in a program called the "FRP Boat Recycling System" voluntarily promoted by the Japan Marine Industry Association together with other six major manufacturing companies.
The "FRP Boat Recycling System" was developed to the whole country in 2007 in order to prevent inappropriate scrapping of boats due to product characteristics (such as high strength, long durability, and widely and shallowly used) and to facilitate such scrapping for users.
In the "FRP Boat Recycling System”, scrapping FRP boats collected at the specified location are roughly disassembled.
Then, FRP scraps are transported to an intermediate processing plant, further crushed, sorted, and finally baked to make cement (material thermal recycling).
This system is certified by verification tests of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and realises the recycling system at low cost by collecting, disassembling, and crushing FRP boats in wide area.
*FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic)

For more details, access the following websites. (In Japanese language only)
Suzuki Voluntary Actions for FRP Boat Recycling System (Details)
Japan Marine Industry Association
(Guide for FRP Boat Recycling System)

Reduction of packaging materials

Use of returnable containers <Reduction in weight of packaging materials such as corrugated cardboard used for shipment of spare parts>

We are pursuing the use of returnable containers in our domestic shipping of spare parts. In FY2016, returnable containers were used in 24% of the whole shipping, which reduced approximately 120t of corrugated cardboard.

Promotion of using returnable containers for packaging materials
<Reduction in weight of disposal packaging material used for shipment of KD components>

We are promoting the use of returnable rack for shipment of KD components. In FY2016, approximately 61% of the total deliveries were transported with returnable racks, reducing 3,938t of disposable steel materials.
For FY2017, we will actively introduce the use of returnable racks in unused destinations with the target of 80% of the whole shipment.
We are also promoting to make resin trays returnable. In FY2016, we newly used these returnable resin trays for cylinder blocks and cylinder heads, which reduced 8.9t of disposable corrugated cardboard.

Reuse of disposal materials

In order to prevent damages to spare parts during transportation, we reuse disposal material produced in plants to make cushioning materials. We reused approximately 1.8t of disposal mirror mat in FY2016.

Reuse of disposal mirror mat

Initiative in reducing the use of containers and packaging for products

We are promoting to reduce the use of containers and packaging (including corrugated cardboard) for spare parts, components, outboard motors, etc. In FY2016, we reduced the use of containers and packaging (including corrugated cardboard) per component sales by 29.7% compared to FY2005 (continuously achieving the target reduction rate of more than 15% since FY2010).

Trends in the use of containers and packaging (includes corrugated cardboard) (from FY2012 to FY2016)


Flow of wastes etc.* (Unit: 1,000 t/year)

*Waste, etc.: Wastes and recyclable materials

Note: Data is collected for non-consolidated Suzuki only

Reduction of waste materials

Total waste discharge amount

The total waste discharge amount at Suzuki plants and group manufacturing companies in Japan was 111,000 tons (same as the previous year), and the global total waste* including Japan was 315,000 tons. Also, there are no exports/imports of hazardous wastes specified in the Basel Convention.

*The waste related data of major overseas plants have been publicised since FY2013.

Transition of total waste discharge amount at major plants in Japan and overseas

Reduction of landfill amount

The amounts of landfill of wastes from Suzuki plants and group manufacturing companies plants in Japan are 0t, both of which consecutively indicate the zero level*1. The global quantity of landfill*2 (including Japan) was 61t (down 17.6% from the previous year). Also, in Maruti Suzuki India, wastewater treatment sludge and other wastes from the plants used to be kept at a managed landfill within the company’s premises according to the India’s waste disposal law. But from 2010, as a result of making efforts in making sludge and other wastes into cement materials, landfill keeping ended with 324t of landfill as the final waste in FY2013. Zero landfill has been continued since FY2014, and wastes kept from the past are gradually sent to cement company. As for domestic group manufacturing companies, as a result of promoting recycling such as making into cement materials, we were able to make landfill amount to 0t, with landfill of 0.04t in FY2015 as the final amount.

  • *1 Definition of the zero level
    • Plants and die plant in Japan: The total amount of landfill is less than 1% of the amount in 1990 (24,675t).
    • Group manufacturing plants in Japan: The total amount of landfill is less than 1% of the amount in 2002 (1,370t).
  • *2 Data of major overseas plants is provided for FY2013 and later.

Transition of landfill amount at major plants in Japan and overseas

  • [Area subject to totalisation]
    • Suzuki: Takatsuka Plant, Iwata Plant, Kosai Plant, Toyokawa Plant, Osuka Plant, Sagara Plant, die plant
    • Group manufacturing companies in Japan: Suzuki Auto Parts Mfg. (Suzuki Seimitsu Plant, Enshu Seiko Plant, Hamamatsu Plant), Suzuki Auto Parts Toyama, Suzuki Auto Parts Akita, and SNIC (Ryuyo Pipe Plant, Ryuyo Seat Plant, Sagara Plant, and Hamakita Trim Plant) (9 plants of 4 companies)
    • India: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Ltd., and Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (6 plants of 3 companies)
    • Indonesia: P.T. Suzuki Indomobil Motor (4 plants of 1 company)
    • Thailand: Suzuki Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. (2 plants of 2 companies)

Early disposal plan of PCB (Polychlorinated Biphenyl)

The Act on Special Measures concerning Promotion of Proper Treatment of PCB Wastes requires appropriately disposing of PCB wastes contained in old capacitors etc. by 31 March 2027.
In order to completely dispose of PCB wastes now stored in house as soon as possible, Suzuki has made a waste disposal consignment contract with a waste disposer authorised by the Ministry of the Environment. At Suzuki’s domestic plants, PCB wastes equivalent to 527 units of vehicles have been disposed by the end of March 2017.

Reduction of wastes from offices

Under the policy of making parts Smaller, Fewer, Lighter, Shorter, and Neater, Suzuki is making efforts for paper reduction and material recycling.

Paper reduction

For the purpose of reducing the amount of paper used, Suzuki has been aggressively conducting company-wide paperless and paper reduction activities by promoting computerisation of various documentary forms, duplex printing, use of backing paper, and reduction of documents used at meetings.

Promotion of material recycling of paper waste

At Suzuki head office, paper wastes were previously burnt for thermal recycling (reused as heat energy). Since July 2005, however, material recycling has been conducted, instead of the thermal recycling, through separate collection of office documents, newspapers and magazines, cardboard boxes, etc. In FY2016, 900 tons of paper wastes were recycled.

Type of waste Outsourcing In-house disposal at
Collection &
Collection &
Reuse or disposal
Waste Paper Collection &
Collection &
Melting Shredding Used as roadbed
Melting Firing Used as cement raw
Office documents Sorting Melting Used as recycled
Corrugated paper Recycled into
corrugated paper
catalogues, etc.
Used as recycled
Specific waste
Burning Landfill Landfilling of
incinerated ash

Water resources

Water usage measures

Suzuki Group is working on ways to conserve water and reuse wastewater at plants in Japan in order to reduce the amount of water used in our plants.
For this purpose, we are utilising airtight cooling towers, air cooled compact air conditioners, water conserving faucets, and collection of water from coolers.
At Maruti Suzuki India and Suzuki Motor Gujarat in India, where they have severe problem with water shortage in particular, they accomplished “zero” drainage discharge (100% recycled) to outside by reusing wastewater for gardening in the company, while introducing air-cooling system for equipment to reduce use of water.
The amount of water used by Suzuki and group manufacturing companies in FY2016 in Japan decreased by 1.7% compared to the previous year, resulting in 4.23 million m3.

Amount of water used at plants in Japan and major overseas plants

* Data of group manufacturing companies in Japan and major overseas plants is provided for FY2013 and later.

  • 【Area subject to totalisation】
    • Suzuki: Takatsuka, Iwata, Kosai, Toyokawa, Osuka, Sagara, and die Plants
    • Domestic group manufacturing companies: Suzuki Auto Parts Mfg. (Suzuki Seimitsu Plant, Enshu Seiko Plant, Hamamatsu Plant, and Hamamatsu branch plant), Suzuki Toyama Auto Parts, Suzuki Akita Auto Parts, and SNIC (Ryuyo Pipe Plant, Ryuyo Seat Plant, Trim Plant, and Sagara Plant) (10 plants of 4 companies)
    • India: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (from FY2016), and Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Ltd. (5 plants of 3 companies)
    • Indonesia: PT. Suzuki Indomobil Motor (2 plants in Cikarang started from FY2014) (4 plants of 1 company)
    • Thailand: Suzuki Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. (2 plants of 2 companies)
    • Hungary: Magyar Suzuki Corporation Ltd. (1 plant of 1 company)
    • Spain: Suzuki Motor Espana, S.A. (until FY2012) (1 plant of 1 company)
    • Pakistan: Pak Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. (2 plants of 1 company)
    • Vietnam: Vietnam Suzuki Corp. (2 plants of 1 company)
    • Philippines: Suzuki Philippines Inc. (1 plant of 1 company)
    • Myanmar: Suzuki (Myanmar) Motor Co., Ltd. (2 plants of 1 company)
    • Cambodia: Cambodia Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. (1 plant of 1 company)
    • USA: Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation (1 plant of 1 company)
    • Malaysia: Suzuki Assemblers Malaysia SDN. BHD. (until FY2015) (1 plant of 1 company)
    • Colombia: Suzuki Motor De Colombia S.A. (1 plant of 1 company)

Thorough water-saving at offices and employee dormitories

In order to aggressively reduce water usage, we are making efforts in awareness of water-saving such as by announcing detailed measures, in addition to posting water-saving awareness posters in toilets and kitchens. We are also making efforts in reducing water usage such as by automating faucets and introducing water-saving models in toilets.