Mazda is actively engaged in horizontal recycling (use of recycled materials to manufacture comparable parts or products) of material from replaced bumpers at Mazda's dealerships in Japan (damaged bumpers) and bumpers from ELV to manufacture new vehicle bumpers.
- Replaced bumper Recycling:
Mazda collects damaged bumpers removed during repairs by Mazda's dealerships throughout Japan, and recycles them for reuse as material for new bumpers or other products using exclusive Mazda technology. In FY March 2012, the Company collected 79,575 damaged bumpers (attaining a collection rate of approximately 79%), recycling the material into the plastics used in new vehicles.
- ELV bumper recycling (first in the industry):
Since August 2011, Mazda has been employing its exclusive technology to recycle ELV bumpers for use as material for new vehicle bumpers.
The Mazda Group cooperates with approved dismantling contractors to sell reusable parts to realize efficient use of resources.
Mazda also collects engines and transmissions removed for repair/replacement by exclusive distributors. It replaces or repairs the components, and sold as rebuilt components.
Sales of rebuilt components in FY March 2012
Engines: 1,217 units
Transmissions: 1,333 units
Life Cycle Assessments of these rebuilt components have confirmed that they achieve a significant reduction in CO2 emissions compared with new components.
Since 2009, Mazda has cooperated with related companies in Hiroshima Prefecture to recycle nonferrous metals and rare earth metals, both of which have scarcity value, from components used in vehicles such as harnesses and circuit boards. In addition, since FY March 2012, Mazda has been collaborating with industry partners on the construction of a domestic system for recycling of rare earth metals from electric motors, and storing and cyclically using resources from end-of-life vehicles.