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Toyota gives new life to used vehicle parts (VIDEO)

December 17, 2015 • Sustainability

Car manufacturing giant Toyota is certainly doing its part for the environment with its National Scrap Program.

Image credit: http://www.toyota.com/usa/environmentreport2015/materials.html

Image credit: http://www.toyota.com/usa/environmentreport2015/materials.html

Launched in 2014 in partnership with Boles Parts Supply (BPS), the car maker’s program envisions recycling of old vehicle scrap parts like cloth, foam, glass and bumper covers and giving new life to what was formerly nothing but trash.

According to Toyota’s press release, the scrap is collected and then shredded into plastic pellets that are sold to a vendor that uses part of the materials to create new plastic automotive parts.

The program was originally launched at Toyota’s two largest North American parts centres in Ontario, California and Hebron, Kentucky, and has since then helped to save over 40,000 pounds of scrap material in a little more than a year.

That is why the company expanded the program to parts distribution centres in Cincinnati, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland.

Since the expansion, the amount of recycled scrap has doubled to more than 88,000 pounds.

Image credit: Toyota

“We’ve been enormously pleased with the success of this program,” said Juliana Dee, manager of the program at NAPO.

“Thanks to our partner BPS, we are giving a second life to things that used to be trash and making a real improvement in our recycling rate.”

The company claims that its North American facilities reduced, reused, recycled or composted over 96 percent of non-regulated waste during calendar year 2014.

Take a look at Toyota’s 2015 North American Environmental Report for more information about how the company tries to minimise waste.

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