Challenge 5Challenge of Establishing a Recycling-based Society and Systems

Fundamental Approach

Due to global population increase along with the pressure for economic growth and convenient lifestyles, the pace of resource consumption is accelerating. If the present trends continue, large-scale exploitation will bring the depletion of natural resources, and appropriate disposal will be unable to keep pace with the increasing amounts of waste generated by mass consumption, resulting in environmental pollution.
To prevent the environmental impact caused by End-of-life vehicles, Toyota launched the Toyota Global 100 Dismantlers Project, to establish social systems for End-of-life vehicle proper treatment.
In order to improve resource efficiency toward an ideal resource-recycling based society, initiatives are needed in four key areas: (1) use eco-friendly materials, (2) use auto parts longer, (3) develop recycling technologies, and (4) manufacture vehicles from End-of-life vehicles.
Toyota aims to realize the ultimate recycling-based society, and promotes the Toyota Global Car-to-Car Recycle Project (TCCR) so that we can use resources from End-of-life vehicles for manufacturing new vehicles.

Vehicle Recycling Initiatives (Videos & Reports)

Learn About Our Initiatives through Video

Toyota promotes recycling from the cradle to the grave. We aim to contribute to the development of a recycling-based society, including the building of a value chain for Car-to-Car Recycling.

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Learn About Our Initiatives through Our Booklet “Vehicle Recycling”

Toyota effectively uses the Earth’s limited resources so that the children of the future can lead rich lives. To this end, we always embark on cutting-edge initiatives in the field of resource recycling. It is our goal to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society and the Earth.

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Vehicle Recycling

Reduce Consumption of Dwindling Natural Resources through Use of Renewable Resources and Recycled Materials

Reduce the Use of Petroleum-derived Plastics

Since the early 1990s, Toyota has been collecting and recycling bumpers replaced at dealers as a way to support global-wide sustainable economic growth by reducing the usage of petroleum-derived plastics. The bumpers that are collected are ground, put through a deodorizing filter and reborn as plastic pellets, after which they are once again used in Toyota vehicle parts.

Major Initiatives during FY2016

  • Working with several dismantling companies and plastic recycling manufacturers in the Chubu region in Japan, ran trials to recover resins from End-of-life vehicles

Find out more about the trends in damaged and removed bumpers collected and recovered at TMC

Find out more about damaged and removed parts collected and recovered at TMC

Find out more about supply of remanufactured and used parts at TMC

Promote the Reuse of Rare Resources and Recycled Materials

Rare resources are used in hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids, fuel cell vehicles, and other next-generation eco-friendly vehicles. Consequently this does not come without risks, such as resource depletion or uneven supply among regions. In order to promote the reuse of resources and the adoption of recycled materials, we are collaborating with partner companies to establish a framework for collecting and recycling hybrid batteries and motor parts, along with cemented carbide tools used in production. In FY2016, we cumulatively collected 73,300 End-of-life batteries, 28 tons of HV motor magnets, and roughly 154 tons of cemented carbide tools, which use tungsten in the blade tips.

Major Initiatives during FY2016

Launched the development of carbon fiber separation and collection technologies for material recycling

Achieve Industry-leading Levels in Easy-to-dismantle Design for Effective Resource Recycling

To promote material recycling of End-of-life vehicles, Toyota directly visits dismantling companies in Japan and overseas to investigate actual conditions and gain insight into the development of vehicle structures that make it easy to dismantle and separate parts. We have actively adopted these designs for new models since 2003 with the launch of the Raum passenger car.

Major Initiatives during FY2016

  • Incorporated easy-to-dismantle design for the Prius PHV and Lexus LC for safe and speedy dismantling of wiring harnesses and other parts

Wiring harness Use of pull-tab type ground terminal

  • *Wiring harness: A bundled assembly of wires running throughout the vehicle body for power supply and signal communications

Contribute Worldwide through Appropriate End-of-life Vehicle Treatment and Recycling Technology Developed in Japan

When End-of-life vehicles are not properly disposed or dismantled, that may not only affect regional environments, but cause risks to the health and safety of local residents. To prevent these problems, we promote the Toyota Global 100 Dismantlers Project.
Through this project, we aim to establish social systems for properly treating of End-of-life vehicles without imposing regional environmental impact.

Find out more about the Recovery Rate and ASR (Automotive Shredder Residue) Recovery Rate at TMC

Major Initiatives during FY2016

  • Began preparing a manual on the basic procedures for properly dismantling End-of-life vehicles with tools commonly available

Expand Original Recycling Systems for End-of-life Vehicles Worldwide

In order to realize an ultimate recycling-based society, we promote the Toyota Car-to-Car Recycle Project (TCCR) that is based on the concepts of reduce, reuse, and recycle, aiming specifically at elimination of resource-related risks and global warming.

Trends in Global Waste Volumes and Waste Volume per Unit Produced

Major Initiatives during FY2016

  • Began with a model case in Japan as a blueprint toward the establishment of a global recycling-based society, and examined related issues and solutions
  • Started looking into ways to boost recycling capacity in Japan and to upgrade the collection and recycling structure toward the globalization of battery recycling systems

Reduce Waste and Use Resources Efficiently in Production Activities

Toyota strives to reduce the volume of waste from production activities by developing and deploying new production technologies while taking continual day-to-day improvement measures in terms of the sources of waste, the amount of waste generated, resources loss, and cost reduction and so forth.
In FY2016, TMC’s total waste volume was 33.8 thousand tons (down 4.1 percent year on year), and the waste volume per unit produced was 11.6 kg (down 7.2 percent year on year). Globally, total waste volume was 474 thousand tons (up 2.9 percent year on year), and the waste volume per unit produced was 45.0 kg (down 0.7 percent year on year).

  • Scope of coverage: TMC and consolidated company in Japan and overseas,
    a total of 121 companies
  • Waste volume: Waste at cost + incineration + landfill

Scope of target

Reduce Packaging and Wrapping Materials and Use Resources Efficiently in Logistics Activities

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is taking a broad range of initiatives to reduce the amount of packaging and wrapping materials used in logistics. These include increasing packaging efficiency in containers, using returnable containers* to reduce the amount of unrecyclable materials used, and making packaging and wrapping materials simplified and lighter. In FY2016, TMC’s total annual volume of packaging and wrapping materials used was 51.4 thousand tons (up 1.0 percent year on year) and the amount of packaging and wrapping material per shipment unit was 6.87 kg/m3 (down 6.7 percent year on year). TMC began implementing measures to determine the usage volume of packaging and wrapping materials at affiliates worldwide. Assessments for all regions, excluding North America, have been completed.

  • Returnable: To enable used packaging materials to be returned to original shipping points for reuse.

Trends in Total Waste Volume and Waste Volume per Unit Produced at TMC (Japan)