Toyota's Approach to Recycling

In light of growing concerns about depletion of resources and the environmental impact from waste, it is vital for Toyota as an automaker to take a more proactive approach to recycling geared toward the creation of a sustainable and recycling-oriented society. Toyota is aware that because automobiles, in particular, have a useful life of more than ten years, responses grounded on a longer-term point of view are important. On the basis of such thinking, Toyota adopted the Toyota Recycling Vision, which sets forth long-term goals for recycling ELVs (end-of-life vehicles). This plan establishes goals to be reached by 2015, including the early achievement of a 95% vehicle recycling/recovery rate (a 70% ASR (automobile shredder residue) recycling/recovery rate).

Thinking Behind the Toyota Recycling Vision

Thinking Behind the Toyota Recycling Vision

Details of the Toyota Recycling Vision

Area Goal Present Status(in Japan´╝ë
Steady improvement in vehicle recovery rates in Japan and Europe Japan: Early achievement of regulation target *1
Europe: Steady achievement of regulation target *2
Achieved 2015 target of 95% 8 years ahead of schedule in 2007.
(2007: 96%, 2008: 97%, 2009: 97%)
Increased use of renewable resources and recycled materials Development of technologies allowing 20% use of resin parts by 2015
(Total for eco plastics and recycled materials)
Began using eco plastics in spare tire covers on the Raum models launched in May 2003. Developed new materials for automobile interior parts such as scuff plates and seat cushions in 2008. Eco plastics were used for about 60% of the interior surface materials in the SAI models launched in 2009.
Increased utilization of used parts Tenfold increase in sales of used parts by 2010
(compared to 2002)
2010: 60,000 parts/year
(2002: 23,000 parts/year)
Reduction of substances of concern Establish Toyota Global Standards by 2003 Toyota Global Standards established
Introduction in Japan and Europe from 2006 of vehicles with zero amounts of the 4 banned substances *3
(Some parts exempted)
The Lexus LS460 launched in Japan in September 2006 and the Corolla launched the following month, marking the first two vehicles that completely eliminate the usage of the four substances of concern.

*1. ASR recycling/recovery rate of 30% (equivalent to a vehicle recycling/recovery rate of 88%) in FY2005, 50% (92%) in FY2010, and 70% (95%) in FY2015.
*2. Vehicle recycling/recovery rate of 85% in 2006 and 95% in 2015.
*3. Lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium; regulation level for lead in Japan is one-tenth or less of the 1996 level (similar values as for the European Union).