Within the framework of World Recycling Day, the Japanese brand revealed some excellent data on what you can do with your cars.
World Recycling Day was observed on May 17, and to take advantage of the occasion, Toyota highlighted the importance of recycling to them, both for the protection of the planet and for their decarbonization strategy.
Since 2003, the Japanese brand has promoted a culture of automotive recycling, creating an easy way to collect and separate that allows 99% of its vehicles’ materials to be reused, thanks to the fact that It is possible that it owns a recycling company called Toyota Metal.
This activity is a relevant pillar within its 2050 Environment Challenge. As part of this, the manufacturer wants to promote societies and systems based on recycling, with one of the proposals being a system for the collection and reuse of batteries around the world. In this line of thought, its first objective is to start 30 facilities for treatment and recycling of scrapped vehicles in 2030.
Another example that demonstrates the brand’s commitment to recycling occurred in 2019, where Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) expanded its battery recycling program in the United States by adding lithium batteries. Batteries received for recycling are repaired or taken apart so that their components (such as battery cells, housing, wiring and plastics) can be used to make new batteries.
Toyota Metal, example to follow
Toyota Metal was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Aichi, Japan. The company can recover 400 tons of auto resources at the end of each working day at the plant, which is equivalent to the weight of 10 average-sized airplanes.
Given that the useful life of a large car includes about 30,000 parts and that 99% of the total can be recycled, a question arises: how does Toyota do it? Well, the secret is how the car is made.
The Toyota metal recycling process is carried out as follows:
- strain all liquids
- They remove parts with heavy machinery that can still be used second hand, such as bumpers and doors
- The rest is flattened and taken to a recycling company.
- Non-ferrous metals are removed, such as aluminum or copper, gold and silver can also be
- All new mix is pulverized to remove excess metal
- Thus ending the recycling process and breathing new life into the car with typical Toyota care and technology.
Currently, Toyota Metal not only recycles cars, but it also processes airbags and air-conditioning systems as well as items such as washing machines, motorcycles, boats and industrial waste, all of which are doing favors for the environment.