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Environmental Responsibility

At TMMC, we’re committed to environmental sustainability—reducing, reusing and recycling wherever possible. Here are just a few of the initiatives that we implement to ensure pollution prevention and ensure the safety of our Team Members and the community at large.

NOTHING GOES TO WASTE

When you can build more than 500,000 vehicles every year, you would think there would be significant waste. Think again. In 2004, TMMC set a goal of sending zero waste to landfill—and met that goal in 2006 through comprehensive recycling, reusing, reducing and composting programs. We continue to set new environmental goals every year—raising the bar for manufacturing operations.

KEEPING THE WATER IN WATERLOO

As part of our environmental commitment, we developed water-saving processes to dramatically reduce usage during the painting process—saving the equivalent of the annual usage of 280 households—and introduced technology to reclaim previously wasted heat energy to heat water used in our manufacturing processes—saving both water and enough electricity to heat tens of thousands of homes each year.

PUT IT IN WRITING

ISO 14001 certification verifies that TMMC not only has a formal environmental policy but also a management system designed to track environmental performance and established mechanisms for continuous improvement. Under this voluntary international standard for environmental management, audits are performed regularly to ensure that the necessary criteria are being met to maintain the certification.

TMMC CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

As a good corporate citizen, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC) is committed to protecting the environment and ensuring that its automobile manufacturing operations are safe for its team members, the community and the environment. To support this commitment, it is our policy to:

  • Actively promote environmental awareness among team members through continual education and training.
  • Strive to comply with all municipal, provincial and federal legislation as well as other requirements related to the environment.
  • Lead pollution prevention and continual improvement activities

Environmental objectives and targets will be set and regularly assessed in order to ensure the continuation of proactive environmental procedures and practices.

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDEST

When it comes to the environment, actions speak louder than words. So, every Team Member is required to understand our Toyota Environmental Policy and to put its principles to practice. To keep the environment at the forefront of thought and action, we created the acronym ECOPAK: Environmental Awareness, Compliance, Objectives and Targets, Pollution Prevention, Audit, and Kaizen. All Team Members live up to ECOPAK everyday. One visible sign: our plants send zero waste to landfill—everything is recycled or composted.

SUBSTANCE REPORTING-ONTARIO

The Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) has passed a new Act. Beginning June, 2011 facilities are required to report on the specific substances that have been defined by the Act and make this information available to the public on the internet.

The purpose of this Act, and supporting regulation, is to:

  1. Prevent pollution and protect human health and environment by reducing the use and creation of specific substances and
  2. Inform the public.