Everything we do has to follow our motto of the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle, and it’s vital we continue this approach to realise our vision of a sustainable and recycling-orientated society.
In Europe, the percentage of a car’s weight that should be reused or recovered will rise from 85% to 95% in 2015, and thanks to our integrated recycling approach we have been committed to achieving this target ahead of the deadline.
Our cars are now virtually free of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium and we use a number of car parts and anti-corrosion coatings that contain no trace of lead, and lighting and switches without mercury. We have also removed harmful substances in our solvents and numerous types of paint.
Throughout your car’s life it will require batteries, tyres and oil filters to be replaced, which is why we set up a waste collection system to retrieve used parts from our European dealers and send them back for recovery. We also now offer remanufactured parts that include air conditioning compressors, power steering racks and clutch kits.
With the growth in our hybrid model production it is important that we consider recycling our hybrid batteries. Since the EU Directive 2006/66/EC was adopted in 2006, the final treatment companies responsible for recycling our nickel metal hydride batteries, found in cars like our Yaris Hybrid, are legally required to meet a target recycle weight of 50%.
With initiatives such as our Driver Take-Back Points where drivers can return their cars for recycling at over 30 locations in Europe, and our Easy to Dismantle marks applied to vehicle parts to aid dismantling and removal of fuel, we are fully committed to taking opportunities to recycle at every stage in the lives of our cars.