Automobile Recycling Process
Automobile Recycling Law calls for recycling of shredder dust and airbags and treating Chlorofluorocarbons when an automobile has reached end-of-life.
Promotion of Recycling Conscious Design
In order to use limited resources effectively, we promote recycling conscious design in automobile manufacturing.
Reducing Environmentally Hazardous Substances
We are also actively working on reducing the environmentally hazardous substances in automobiles.
We promote achieving the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) reduction targets for cars in development, further reducing lead and mercury and using alternatives to environmentally hazardous substances such as brominated flame retardants.
Reduction Target and JAMA*s Voluntary Action Program
|Substance||Target(Implemented since)||Details of Reduction Efforts|
|Lead||Since Jan. 2006||Reduce the amount used per vehicle to less than 1/10 of 1996 levels|
|Mercury||Since Jan. 2005||Use prohibited, with a few exceptions (e.g., minute amounts in discharge headlights, and liquid crystal panels)|
|Cadmium||Since Jan. 2007||Use prohibited|
|Hexavalent Chromium||Since Jan. 2008||Use prohibited|
Reducing VOCs in Vehicle Interiors
We are reviewing the components and adhesive agents used in vehicle interiors in order to reduce the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde and toluene, which are said to cause nose and throat irritation.
In the LEGACY, LEVORG, IMPREZA, FORESTER, EXIGA, and BRZ, we achieved the voluntary target by JAMA* by reducing the concentration of the 13 substances defined by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to levels below the indoor concentration guideline values.
We will continue our efforts to reduce the levels of VOCs and such substances to further make the environment in vehicle interiors comfortable.
Processing of End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs)
The Automobile Recycling Law enacted in 2005 obligates automobile manufacturers to fully remove and appropriately treat “Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR),” “Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs),” and “Airbags.”
The ASR recycling rate for FY2016 was 97.5%, already satisfying the 2015 legal standard of 70%. In addition, we have been keeping our monthly record of zero landfill, which was first attained in May 2011.
As for airbags, we attained a recycling rate of 93.3%, exceeding the legal standard of 85%. Also, the entire amount of recovered CFCs has been appropriately treated.