Recycling of Resources

Ensuring Recycling-based Utilization of Resources in Meeting Medium- and Long-term Demand Growth

Goal Met Through Activities to Reduce Usage of Packaging and Wrapping Materials

Use of Packaging and Wrapping Materials by TMC (Japan)

In order to reduce the use of packaging and wrapping materials, Toyota implemented measures that included simplifying wrapping specifications (e.g., reducing wrapping materials for bumpers) and expanding the use of returnable shipping containers. As a result of these measures, along with a reduction in shipment volume, total usage decreased to 56,900 tons, thus achieving the goal for FY2009. In FY2008, Toyota began assessing its global use of packaging and wrapping materials, and has already completed the assessments for all regions excluding North America and Europe. Toyota plans to expand the scope of its assessment to every part of the world in FY2010.

Results of Activities to Reduce Packaging and Wrapping Materials

Topic Product Details Reduction
(tons/year)
Increasing lean specifications for wrapping, etc. Service parts Increasing lean specifications for bumper wrapping (e.g., replacing corrugated cardboard with bubble sheets) 3.5
Change in packaging formats (from palletized to non-palletized, change of padding materials etc.) 1.4
Other daily improvements 0.2
Production parts Increasing lean specifications for wrapping (e.g. replacing cardboard compartments with wrapping paper) 0.2
Increasing returnable containers Service parts Expanding the use of returnable containers (expanding items and destinations — to Thailand) 0.4
Production parts Expanding applications of returnable containers (diversifying container sizes, etc.) 0.3
Total 6.0

Ensuring a Proper Response to the Automobile Recycling Law in Japan

Toyota's Vehicle Recycling/Recovery Rate and ASR Recycling/Recovery Rate

Toyota has been steadily working with dismantling and recycling companies to ensure compliance with the Law Concerning Recycling Measures for End-of-Life Vehicles (Automobile Recycling Law: effective January 2005). The law mandates automotive manufacturers with collection and recycling/recovery of specified items generated from end-of-life vehicles: CFCs/HFCs, airbags and automobile shredder residue (ASR*1). Toyota is duly carrying out its recycling duties.  The ASR recycling/recovery rate at Toyota reached 76% in FY2007, surpassing the legally mandated rate of 70% for FY2015, and rose to 81% in FY2009. In addition, the vehicle recycling/recovery rate*2, converted into a per-vehicle value, reached 97%, exceeding the Toyota Recycling Vision's goal of 95%.

*1. ASR(Automobile Shredder Residue):Waste from shredded end-of-life vehicles
*2. Vehicle recycling/recovery rate:Calculated as the approximate 83% recycling rate of materials recovered from the dismantling and shredding processes (as per documentation of the policy board of Japan, May 2003), plus a 81% ASR recycling/recovery rate of the 17% ASR remaining after recycling of materials recovered from the dismantling and shredding processes [83 + (81/ 100 x 17) = 97]