Mitsubishi Motors encourages recycling of end-of-life vehicles to reduce the environmental impact of waste from these vehicles. In Japan, the EU, and other regions, we promote recycling in accordance with the automobile recycling laws of each country.
Response to Automobile Recycling Laws in Japan
The company accepts automobile shredder residue(ASR), airbags, and fluorocarbons for recycling.
For the recycling of ASR, we participate in ART (Automobile Shredder Residue Recycling Promotion Team: Team established by Nissan Motor Corporation, Mazda Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors, etc.) to jointly process ASR. By developing a new treatment facility, our company’s ASR recycling rate in fiscal 2017 was 98.1%, substantially above the statutory standard of 70% in effect since 2015. We will continue to develop new recycling facilities to ensure the stable processing of ASR.
The company outsources the treatment of airbags and fluoracarbons to the Japan Auto Recycling Partnership (JARP).
In addition, for the effective use of recycling fees deposited from customers, we proactively works on increasing the recycling rate by conducting efficient recycling and proper processing of these three items.
Recycling Promotion in the EU
Response to the EU's Directive on the Recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles
In the EU, automobile manufacturers or importers must accept and recycle end-of-life vehicles in accordance with the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive*. The company built a system of acceptance and recycling in line with the actual situation of EU member countries centering on our European subsidiary MME (Netherlands).
* "Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on End-of-Life Vehicles" effective from October 2000
Provision of Dismantling Information
In the EU, automobile manufacturers must provide dismantling information for new model vehicles to treatment operators. The company provides such information on a timely basis by using the International Dismantling Information System (IDIS) jointly developed by automobile manufacturers.
Response to the EU's Directives on Approval for Vehicle Models for Recyclability
In the EU, satisfying the minimum 95% recyclability rate is a requirement for type approval of vehicle models, and the company established a system that satisfies the requirements of this directive. Our vehicles sold to the EU meet the requirements of the directive under this system.
For new model vehicles sold in the EU, we will continue to satisfy the necessary recyclability rate sequentially for the approval of new model vehicles.
Collection of Drive Batteries in Electric-powered Vehicles/Construction and Operation of the Recycling System
The company established and operates a drive battery collection system for the purpose of recycling technology development and proper treatment of end-of-life drive batteries in electric-powered vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles in Japan, Europe, and North America.