Suzuki Develops the World’s First Micro-Plastic Collecting Device for Outboard Motors

Start of the Suzuki Clean Ocean Project,
a new initiative tackling marine plastic waste
issues
Outboard motor installed with Micro-Plastic Collecting Device

Suzuki Motor Corporation has developed the world’s first* Micro-Plastic
Collecting Device which can be installed on outboard motors.

Marine plastic waste has become a significant environmental issue in the
recent years and a huge amount of such wastes that has not been gathered
correctly flow into the ocean. They are then broken down into
micro-plastic under the natural environment and their impact on the
ecological system is also becoming a concern. To tackle these issues, we
focused on the structure of the outboard motor, which pumps up tons of
seawater to cool the engine and then returned to the ocean. We developed
a collecting device which collects micro-plastic waste utilizing the
returning water. Through this device, micro-plastic waste around the water
surfaces can be collected just by running the boat.

The device can be installed to a return hose easily, and it does not affect
the engine performance since it only utilizes the returning water that have
already been used to cool the engine. According to the monitoring
research conducted in Japan, micro-plastic waste was found within the
substances collected through the filter. The research is also being
conducted abroad and further improvements will be made.
We plan to introduce the device as an optional part from 2021 and
incorporate it into the standard feature in the future.
*Suzuki research as of 1 October 2020.

<Suzuki Clean Ocean Project>
2020 is the 10th year of our continuous activities to clean the waterside.
As marine plastic waste is becoming a more serious and pressing problem,
it is now time for us to review how we have been contributing to the
environment and society and look into what we can do to newly determine
our direction. As well as collecting micro-plastic waste through developing
the Micro-Plastic Collecting Device, the project includes the following
commitments.

– Clean-Up the World Campaign
We have been voluntarily conducting clean-up activities in seas, rivers,
lakes, and ponds where the outboard motors are used. The activity was
initiated in 2010 in Hamamatsu, and subsequently held globally from
2011. So far, a total of over 8,000 people from 26 countries have
participated. 2020 is the 10th anniversary, and we will continuously
conduct this campaign.

– Reduce Plastic Packaging
To reduce plastic waste, we have started taking action towards
reducing the plastic packaging of Suzuki outboard motor products. We
adopted alternative packaging materials to some of the products
manufactured in June 2020. We are currently assessing their feedback
from the market.
For part of the Suzuki marine genuine parts, we have started replacing
packaging materials from plastic to paper beginning with October 2020
shipment. Approximately 2.3 tons of plastic will be reduced every year
if all packaging of marine genuine parts are replaced to eco-friendly
materials.


Conventional packaging (left) and paper packaging (right)
of Suzuki marine genuine parts

Propelling the Suzuki Clean Ocean Project is one of our initiatives to solve
social issues listed in the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). It also
expresses Suzuki’s commitment to pursue its brand slogan of “THE
ULTIMATE OUTBOARD MOTOR” in the environmental aspect.
In order to clean the ocean, the Suzuki Marine Team will promote the
Suzuki Clean Ocean Project together with partners and boat users all
around the world.