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Yokohama Tire Plant in Thailand Achieves Complete Zero Emissions

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has announced that Yokohama Tire Manufacturing (Thailand) Co. Ltd. has achieved “complete zero emissions” — meaning that the plant produces no waste subject to direct landfill disposal. This is the fifth of Yokohama’s overseas plants to achieve this milestone.

The Thai plant had previously achieved “zero emissions” in December 2009, which is defined as landfill disposal constituting less than 1% of total waste. According to Yokohama, the plant “continued its research into new methods for disposing of electric parts, batteries, etc., which, although representing only a small volume, had till then been subject to direct landfill disposal.” The plant then conducted an on-site investigation of its contractor commissioned to dispose of waste from the plant and thereby achieved its goal of “complete zero emissions.” The plant will now focus on achieving “100% waste recycling,” which is defined as, “No waste generated in the course of business activities is subject to final disposal (i.e., direct landfill disposal or incineration without effective utilization).”

All eight of Yokohama’s tire plants in Japan have maintained “complete zero emissions” since March 2006, and all 15 of the company’s overseas production sites aim at achieving “complete zero emissions” by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. Along with the Thai plant, other overseas facilities that have achieved this goal as of December 2010 are Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. in the Philippines, and Hangzhou Yokohama Tire Co., Ltd., Yokohama HAMATITE (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. and Yokohama Hoses & Coupling (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd., in China.

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