Toyota promotes reduce, reuse and recycle initiatives through the entire life cycle of a vehicle, from the development to end-of-life stages. Toyota will contribute the establishment of a recycling based society, for example, building a value chain for vehicle to vehicle recycling.
Toyota Metal Co., Ltd., which was established in 1970 as the first vehicle shredding plant owned by an automobile manufacture, has been conducting recycling of end-of-life vehicles and ASR (Automobile Shredder Residue).
Toyota Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd., which was established in 1973, has been recycling lubricating oil, and now, is extracting high-precision nickel material from Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries in end-of-life hybrid vehicles.
Toyotsu Smelting Technology Corporation, of which plants are located in areas adjacent to Toyota plants, is supplying directory to the Toyota plants the molten aluminum made of scrap aluminum collected from Toyota plants and the market, and saving energy required for remelting and transporting of the ingots.
Steel scraps from Toyota production plants are sent to Aichi Steel Corporation, a Toyota group manufacturer of specialty steel, and are recycled for automobile steel parts again.
Toyota is promoting a recycling of used bumpers discarded after replacement at Toyota dealers, using the recycling technology developed with a material manufacturer, Kojima Sangyo Co., Ltd.
In 2001, the Toyota Group introduced a used parts selling system enabling the parts distributors across Japan to confirm used parts inventory of used-parts network companies and place a purchase order.
In 2001, Toyota was the first automobile manufacturer to establish an external research institute specialized in recycling, "Automobile Recycle Technical Center". This Center is engaged in development of vehicle recycling technology and development of effective methods and tools for vehicle-dismantling.
Toyota, together with an automobile parts maker, Yazaki Corporation and seven of Toyota Tsusyo's dismantling partners in the Chubu region of Japan, developed the world's first vehicle to vehicle recycling technology for wiring harnesses using copper, which is concerned about its depletion in the future.
Toyota, in cooperating with Automobile Recycle Technical Center, Toyota Metal Co., Ltd., and Toyotsu Recycle Corporation, developed magnet-sorting technology in order to recycle rare earth metals from magnets for hybrid vehicles.
Make effective use of the earth's limited resources, so the children of the future can always live affluent lives. Toyota is constantly working towards that goal through the most advanced efforts in the field of resource recycling. We also contribute to sustainable progress for society and the earth.