January 2006

Toyota eliminates 1,700,000 lbs of waste per year

Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 presented an award to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. (TMMI) for eliminating 1.7 million pounds a year of hazardous waste from its manufacturing process.

TMMI joined EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Program in April of 2004. Since then, TMMI identified its purge solvent and fuel tank primer as areas where waste could be minimized.

Following some experimentation and innovation, TMMI was able to reduce its purge solvent waste by more than half-from 6.60 to 3.02 pounds per vehicle. This is an annual reduction of over 1.3 million pounds of hazardous waste. TMMI was also able to eliminate its fuel tank primer process resulting in a 400,000 pound annual reduction in barium.

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