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End of Life

Every year, two million cars are scrapped in the UK. That’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium 20 times over. This creates a massive logistical and environmental challenge, which we aim to address with innovative thinking and the continued development of manufacturing and recycling processes, cutting waste while conserving precious raw materials.

The European Union currently demands that 95% of a car is recycled. It's crucial that this is done in a responsible way, which is why Toyota has a network of more than 150 approved dismantlers, working with our recycling partner, Autogreen, that follow the European End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive.

If your Toyota has reached the end of its life, you may qualify for our free take back scheme. Autogreen Ltd can advise whether or not your vehicle qualifies and can point you to your nearest take back facility. If you wish to dispose of your car, please visit our Rewarding Recycling page.
Tyres and Other Rubber
Tyres and rubber have a wide range of practical uses including being deployed as crash barriers and flood defences or, being ground up and used on 3G sports and playground surfaces.

Batteries and Electrics
Batteries are carefully stripped before crushing, to ensure the potentially harmful lead, plastic and acid can be reused, while valuable copper wiring can be sold on or recycled.

Glass
Some glass can be removed whole and resold; some gets recycled, and the rest is shredded to dust. This dust used to end up in landfills, but Toyota has since pioneered ways of turning it into fuel.

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

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.
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.

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.

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.
Waste automotive batteries
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Waste automotive batteries Since 2010, we have a responsibility to collect automotive batteries from end of life Toyota vehicles. To find out if you qualify, contact Toyota (GB) PLC Waste Battery Enquiries:

By email: battery@tgb.toyota.co.uk
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

Please visit Toyota-Tech for further information on recycling hybrid batteries
Waste industrial batteries

We also have a responsibility to collect industrial batteries free of charge.
To find out if you qualify, contact Toyota (GB) PLC Waste Battery Enquiries:

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

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