Initiatives to Address Key Sustainability Issues (Materiality)

Contribute to the development of a recycling-based society by transforming waste into resources for manufacturing


Natural resources are not limitless.
We must reduce our impact on the environment by efficiently using and reusing these resources. As a trading company involved in manufacturing, the Toyota Tsusho Group considers it a vital mission to consider the environment and secure and stably provide resources.
To effectively use these limited resources, we will develop recycling businesses including recovery and processing of reusable resources from scrap generated from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) and at plants, secure resources through urban mining, and turn waste into resources such as by reusing used vehicles and parts, thereby contributing to a recycling society that promotes a circular economy by recycling waste.


Quantitative KPIs
Volumes handled in the resource recycling business
Business of Green Metals, Inc., molten aluminum business, ELV recovery business, industrial waste processing business, and valuable metal scrap recycling business

(up 80,000 tons from FY2019)

6,170,000 tons

Results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021

8,890,000 tons

Target for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024 (Established in the current term)

Plastic recycling volume
PLANIC Co., Ltd. (scheduled to commence operations in 2022)
Equivalent to
800,000 vehicles

Target for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024* (Established in the current term)

Toyotsu PET Recycling Systems Co., Ltd.
(scheduled to commence operations in 2022)
Equivalent to
2 billion PET bottles

Target for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024* (Established in the current term)

  1. *1Due to a delay in start-up timing, the 2024 goal was not changed from the previous term.
Qualitative KPIs
Measures for the development of a circular economy society
  • Develop environment-conscious materials (recycling of airbag scraps)
  • Effectively use internally generated heat (hot water) from the adjacent Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc. plant to operate a paprika farm
  • Conduct business that contributes to the recycling of end-of-life batteries (the "3Rs" [rebuild, reuse, recycle] business for batteries)
Contributing to the Development of a Recycling-based Society through Plastic Recycling
(Concept image)

Japan is an industrialized country with high plastic production and consumption volumes. In 2019, Japan's Ministry of the Environment adopted the 3R+Renewable guidelines, a compilation of plastic resource recycling strategies. As a part of this effort, Toyota Tsusho is engaging in the plastic recycling business to contribute to the "recycle" portion of the program.

Toyota Tsusho established PLANIC Co., Ltd., which is one of Japan's largest recycled plastic processing companies, in December 2018, with operations scheduled to commence in 2022.

PLANIC will use Japan's first advanced gravity sorting technology to use end-of-life plastic materials that are currently not effectively used from cars, consumer electronics, and other items to manufacture high-quality recycled plastic. We also established Toyotsu PET Recycling Systems in July 2020 to recycle waste PET bottles.
This is also scheduled to commence in 2022.

Developing Agricultural Robots by Reusing Units from End-of-life Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Agricultural robot that is reusing a THS unit

Now that the automobile industry is said to have entered a once-in-a-century period of profound transformation, we must think about achieving a circular economy for next-generation automobiles. We are taking steps to apply the reverse-supply-chain framework we have been building to the life cycle of next-generation vehicles, as well.

We have built a "3Rs" (rebuild, reuse, recycle) framework for batteries and have been promoting its lateral deployment to reuse batteries in various applications that match their remaining capacity. In addition to onboard batteries, we have also been conducting demonstration tests to reuse Toyota Hybrid System (THS) units, especially their motors, in unmanned industrial machines such as agricultural sprayers and weed cutters. We began these tests at a vineyard in Hokkaido in November 2020, with the goal of commercialization in several years.

As of April 2021