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%.
Initiatives such as our Easy to Dismantle marks that are applied to vehicle parts to aid dismantling and removal of fuel, demonstrate how we are fully committed to taking opportunities to recycle at every stage in the lives of our cars.
When a vehicle finally reaches the end of its useful life, which admittedly can be a long time for a Toyota or Lexus, it must be disposed of properly so that no harmful substances are allowed to contaminate the soil and groundwater. Drivers can return their Toyota or Lexus car to a designated take-back point, now set up in countries across Europe. For more information, visit our home page and select your country of residence to obtain further details of how to recycle your car.