This is only the beginning

It's a sad day when you send a much-loved car off on its final journey to the scrap yard. But now many of its parts – from tyres to copper wires – could have a whole new life.

Every year some two million cars are scrapped in the UK, enough to fill the new Wembley Stadium 20 times over. That creates two million tonnes of steel, rubber, plastic, glass and fluids to be sorted and recycled. It's a massive logistical and environmental challenge. While making cars more fuel efficient is one way to make them greener, the way they are built and how they are recycled are just as important. As well as cutting the amount of waste going to landfill, this can help conserve precious raw materials.

The European Union currently demands that 85% of a car is recycled, and that figure will increase to 95% in 2015. It's crucial that this is done in a responsible way, which is why Toyota has a network of more than 150 approved dismantlers, operated by its partner Autogreen, that follow the European End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive. When the sad day comes to say goodbye to your car, they will take it away at no cost to you and treat it with the same care that you did when it was new.

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Fluids

These can pose the most serious threat to the environment by contaminating the water supply, but Toyota dismantlers don't spill a drop. Fuel is filtered and used to power the recycling plant's machinery; oil, coolant and hydraulic fluids are cleaned up and reused.

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Steel

Once your Toyota has been stripped of anything that can be recycled separately, it is crushed into a 'bale' about a metre long. The cubed car is ground into fragments by a shredder with tungsten hammers that beat it into fist-sized fragments; the steel is picked out by magnets. The price of steel is high, making it a very valuable commodity. After recycling, it will be as good as new – and could even end up in another car.

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Non-Ferrous Metals

Lightweight materials such as aluminium are even more valuable than steel. Some parts, such as alloy wheels, are removed and smelted separately, but the rest is picked out after shredding and recycled. At least 98% of metal in a car is recycled.

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Tyres and Other Rubber

Truly the recycler's flexible friend, tyres can be used to build crash barriers around race circuits, baled and used to make flood defences, or ground up and used as sports surfaces or in children's playgrounds.

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Batteries and Electrics

A potential nasty, these are carefully stripped out before crushing. The lead and acid are reclaimed to be reused; all the plastic is recycled. The copper in the wiring system can be stripped out, and fetches a high price.

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Glass

Some glass can be taken out whole and resold; some gets recycled; and the rest ends up as shredder dust. This once went to landfill, but Toyota has pioneered ways of turning it into fuel and other materials.

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Carpets

These artificial fibres were once impossible to recycle, but Toyota has found a way to reprocess the off-cuts from the production process to make backing material for new carpets.

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Plastics

Recycling plastics can be difficult, but since 1981 Toyota has made it easier by marking what type of plastic each component is made of. Plastic components are designed to fit together without metal fasteners, while a new kind of plastic that can be recycled more than once without degrading has been created. Some of the plastics in your car have already been recycled: fresh plastics left over in the production process are used to make bumpers and instrument panels; and engine covers are made from recycled plastic bottles.

End-of-life vehicles

In March 2003, the UK Government transcribed the final part of the End-of-life Vehicle Directive into national legislation. In summary, the directive seeks to prevent and limit waste, improve reuse, recycling and recovery of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs). Toyota endorses the directive's requirements and as part of the implementation has introduced a policy of free take-back for all qualifying Toyota ELVs from 1 January 2007.

We have appointed Autogreen Ltd as our service provider to manage the free take back scheme. They can provide advice on whether or not your vehicle qualifies for free take back and the location of your nearest take back facility.

If your Toyota has come to the end of its life and you wish to dispose of it, please click here.

Toyota works on a global scale to minimise the impact of its operations on the environment. In choosing a business partner for ELV recovery and recycling, it was essential that the highest standards were demonstrated, ensuring Toyota owners are given a responsible, reliable and efficient service for the final disposal of their vehicles.

The Autogreen take back network is fully equipped to meet the demands of both the ELV legislation and Toyota environmental requirements.

Waste automotive batteries

Toyota (GB) PLC is deemed to be a producer of automotive batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009. We therefore have certain obligations regarding the collection of waste automotive batteries from 1 January 2010.

Under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 (the Regulations) (Toyota (GB) PLC ) is obliged to collect from a final holder of automotive batteries free of charge from 1 January 2010 any waste automotive battery from a Toyota or Lexus vehicle that we have placed on the UK market, either directly or through one of our retail centres.

Definitions

The Regulations define an automotive battery as any battery that is used for automotive starter, lighting or ignition power.

The Regulations define a "final holder of automotive batteries" as-

(a) a person who, in the ordinary course of a trade, occupation or profession removes automotive batteries from vehicles;
(b) a person who carries on the business of a scrap metal dealer within the meaning given by Section 9(1) of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964
(c) an authorised treatment facility as defined in Regulation 2 of the End-of-Life Vehicles
(Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005 or
(d) a waste disposal authority or any person acting on behalf of such an authority in connection with its functions under Section 51 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Take back procedure

If you are a final holder of automotive batteries and you have a waste automotive battery which comes from a Toyota or Lexus vehicle that was first placed on the UK market by us and you wish to dispose of this battery free of charge from 1 January 2010, then please contact Toyota (GB) PLC Waste Battery Enquiries using the details shown below providing the following information.

(1) Your name and address including where appropriate your registered company name, number and address.
(2) Confirmation that you are a final holder of automotive batteries within the meaning of the Regulations.
(3) The make, chemistry type and, where visible, the serial number of the battery that you want to dispose of (the waste battery).
(4) If known, the registration number or the vehicle identification number of the vehicle in which the waste battery is fitted or from which it has been taken.
(5) The present location of the waste battery.
(6) If different from (1), the name and telephone number of the person who we should contact to arrange for the collection of the waste battery if it is appropriate for us to do so.

Toyota (GB) PLC Waste Battery Enquiries may be contacted as follows:
By post: Toyota (GB) PLC , Great Burgh, Burgh Heath, Epsom KT 18 5UX
By telephone: +44 (0) 1737 367 516
By fax: +44 (0) 1737 367 700
By email: battery@tgb.toyota.co.uk

Waste industrial batteries

Toyota (GB) PLC is deemed to be a producer of automotive batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009. We therefore have certain obligations regarding the collection of waste automotive batteries from 1 January 2010..

Under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 ("the Regulations") Toyota (GB) PLC is obliged to take back from an "end user of industrial batteries" free of charge any qualifying waste "industrial battery" from 1 January 2010.

Definitions

The Regulations define an "industrial battery" as including any battery that is used as source of power for propulsion in an electric vehicle. The definition of an electric vehicle includes vehicles that are capable using other sources of power. A hybrid car is such a vehicle.

The Regulations define an "end user of industrial batteries" as-
(a) a person who last used the battery; or
(b) a waste disposal authority or any person acting on behalf of such an authority in connection with its functions under Section 51 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The Regulations define "a compliance period" as the year 2010 or any subsequent calendar year period.

The following constitute qualifying waste industrial batteries for the purpose of the Regulations:

(1) a waste hybrid battery from one of our vehicles in circumstances where we have supplied you as the "end user" with a new hybrid battery during the relevant compliance period, either directly or through one of our retail centres; or
(2) a waste industrial battery which -
(a) you as the "end user" have tried but have been unable to return to the producer who supplied that battery or a similar industrial battery to you during the relevant compliance period; and
(b) the waste battery is of the same chemistry type as the hybrid batteries that we have placed on the UK market during the relevant compliance period or in any of the receding 3 years beginning 1 January 2009, which is to say is nickel-metal hydride or lithium ion; or
(c) you have tried option (a) and no one in the UK produces batteries of the same chemistry type as your waste industrial waste battery.

Take back procedure

If you are an "end user of industrial batteries" and you have a qualifying waste "industrial battery" and you wish to dispose of that battery free of charge, then please contact the Toyota (GB) PLC Waste Battery Enquiries using the details shown below providing the following information:

(1) Your name and address including where appropriate your registered company name, number and address.
(2) Confirmation that you are an "end user of industrial batteries" within the meaning of the Regulations.
(3) Where appropriate, an explanation for any request for us to take back any battery in circumstances where we have not supplied you as the "end user" with a new hybrid battery during the relevant compliance period, either directly or through one of our retail centres.
(4) The make, chemistry type and, where visible, the serial number of the battery that you wish to dispose of (the "waste battery").
(5) Where appropriate and it is known, the registration number or the vehicle identification number of the vehicle the waste battery is fitted or from which it was taken.
(6) The present location of the waste battery.
(7) If different from (1), the name and telephone number of the person who should be contacted to arrange for the collection of the waste battery, if it is appropriate for us to do so.

Toyota (GB) PLC Waste Battery Enquiries may be contacted as follows:
By post: Toyota (GB) PLC , Great Burgh, Burgh Heath, Epsom KT 18 5UX

By telephone: +44 (0) 1737 367 516
By fax: +44 (0) 1737 367 700
By email: battery@tgb.toyota.co.uk