The NISSIN FOODS Group is working to achieve zero emission status by reducing product loss that occurs in production processes and promoting recycling. Food residues, which make up the bulk of waste from our plants, are reused in animal feed and as fertilizers. We are also reducing sludge by improving wastewater treatment facilities and recycling mixed waste.
At NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, occasionally a problem would occur in the process of filling cups and attaching lids that resulted in ingredient filling failure. The amount of ingredients wasted as a result was reduced through individual control of ingredient filling.
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS and MYOJO FOODS share raw ingredients inventory information. They strive to avoid wasting raw materials by transferring raw materials between the companies when certain products are discontinued and their raw materials are no longer needed.
As part of reducing the environmental impact of packaging, the NISSIN FOODS Group adopted the Basic Policy on Environmentally Friendly Container and Packaging Design. Under this policy, we contribute to the creation of a recycling- based society by reducing, reusing, and recycling resources (the 3Rs). The Group is reviewing product sizes, working to reduce individual packaging and container packaging, switching to trayless packaging, and using simplified packaging.
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS uses polystyrene foam sheets when forming Donbei containers. By reorienting the way the containers are cut out, the company increased the number of containers cut at one time from 36 to 42 containers. This had the effect of reducing polystyrene foam use by 118 tons per year. Also, since non-fried noodles tend to bend while still warm, the process of inserting them into bags was often difficult and resulted in wasted bags. By forming bricks before the noodles cool, the company facilitated filling and reduced packaging material waste.
NISSIN FROZEN FOODS has switched to trayless packaging for nearly all noodle products sold under its own brands. For its pasta and yakisoba products, switching to noodles packaged directly with the toppings has reduced use of raw material for liquid sauce packages.
NISSIN CISCO previously inserted a plastic bag inside CISCORN BIG cornflake boxes. It has now eliminated the box and changed to plastic zipper stand-up pouches, reducing paper use by approximately 1,200 tons per year.
At the NISSIN CISCO Tokyo Plant, plastic containers used for flavorings become fuel through thermal recycling. In this way, three tons of waste plastic are recycled per year. Molasses, left over from the manufacturing process, is sold and recycled. Through these measures, the NISSIN CISCO Tokyo Plant increased its food waste recycling ratio year on year from 99.2% to 99.7%.
Instead of incinerating paper bags that previously contained chocolate raw materials, the NISSIN CISCO Osaka Plant now sells them to be recycled as used paper. This has increased the plant’s waste recycling ratio by one point.
The Group is reducing materials use by decreasing the size of cardboard shipping containers. NISSIN CISCO has reduced the size of cardboard used for COCONUT SABLE shipping cases, reducing annual cardboard usage by 36 tons. MYOJO FOODS reviewed the size of cardboard used for CHUKAZANMAI bag-type noodle shipping cases, reducing annual cardboard usage by 1.3 tons. We have also increased the number of cup-type products per shipping case by packing them in an alternating standard (lid up) and inverted (lid down) configuration.
In Japan, companies that use packaging materials are obligated to recycle packaging materials under the Containers and Packaging Recycling Act. NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, MYOJO FOODS, NISSIN CISCO and NISSIN YORK outsource the recycling of plastic, paper and other materials from containers and packaging to the Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association, and pay recycling fees for the items recycled in accordance with the weight of products manufactured and sold. Collected recyclable materials sorted from municipal household garbage are used to produce such things as pallets, imitation wooden logs, benches, and reconstituted paperboard by recycling companies.
All NISSIN FOODS Group companies dispose of industrial waste according to the Industrial Waste Manual, which is an important set of regulations for the Group. We outsource disposal of industrial waste to disposal contractors. Agreements with industrial waste disposal contractors are always based on the format stipulated by the NISSIN FOODS Group. We also check and assess contractors’ sites using our own contractor checklist. In addition, agreements, waste manifests, waste quantities, and other data are regularly forwarded to the Environmental Promotion Division for double-checking.
Waste materials in product form are in principle collected by packer trucks. If this is not possible, they are collected using standard trucks with members of our staff present at all stages from collection and transportation through to arrival at disposal sites. The photographs showing the material being incinerated or crushed must be retained for five years, together with the manifests.