Nissan’s Vehicle Recycling Efforts

If like us you’ve been wondering where vehicle recycling efforts are heading, this latest information coming from Nissan will shed some light.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. shared the progress report on its recycling/recovery efforts in Japan for fiscal year 2013 (April 2013 to March 2014). Following the Japanese Automobile Recycling Law, Nissan announced its recovery results for Automobile Shredder Residue (ASR), airbag-related products, and fluorocarbons recovered from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs).

Nissan said it recovered during FY2013 112,507.2 tons of the 115,741.4 tons of ASR collected from 533,836 vehicles in Japan – an amount that represents a recovery ratio of 97.2 percent. With this result, Nissan achieves the Japan Automobile Recycling law ASR recovery target rate of 70 percent by FY2015 for eight consecutive years.

Meanwhile, the recovery ratio for ELVs (actual value) stands at 99.5 percent. Nissan stated it also reduced the amount of ASR-related landfill and incineration disposal to zero and participated in a trial of recycling ASR, with an advanced method of sorting ASR and process them as resources.

In the same report, Nissan stated it recovered 1,603,679 airbag-related products from 445,635 vehicles through recovery processing and on-board deployment operations. The airbag recycling ratio stood at 94.1 percent, exceeding the legal requirement of 85 percent. A total of 138,602.149 kilograms of fluorocarbons collected from 490,825 vehicles was processed.

Nissan explained the cost of the recycling efforts for these specified materials amounted to 5,400,091,730 yen. Recycling fees and income generated from the fund for vehicle recycling totaled 6,286,540,805 yen, contributing to a net surplus of 886,449,075 yen. From FY2004 to FY2013, the total cost of recycling operations led to a net surplus of 2,987,067,988 yen, an amount that is equivalent to 560 yen per vehicle. For the mid- and long-term forecast, Nissan anticipates the cost of recycling operations to stabilize.

Consistent with the Nissan Green Program 2016, the company’s mid-term environmental plan, Nissan added it will continue efforts to improve its ELV recycling actions to achieve a top-level ELV recovery rate in Japan. With active utilization of ASR recycling facilities, Nissan continued to achieve zero ASR-related disposals to landfill and incineration since FY2012.

The company stated it will continue to work toward achieving an ASR recovery ratio of 100 percent.