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Activities in the End-of-Vehicle-Life Stage

We have conducted numerous studies on ease of dismantling and recycling of end-of-life vehicles, and share the knowledge and techniques we have gained with our people involved in earlier phases of the life cycle to improve the process as a whole. We are finding ways to recycle as many parts as possible for use in new vehicles without allowing the quality of the reused material to degrade.

Experimental studies on dismantling

Nissan believes that to promote recycling of end-of-life vehicles it is important to design and produce vehicles that are easy to dismantle. We are also thinking of better ways to dispose of the automobile shredder residue after removing valuable materials that can be recycled and parts that can be reused after dismantling.
We have conducted experimental studies on development of efficient dismantling methods for the proper disposal of end-of-life vehicles, recycling of materials, and reuse of parts.
In past dismantling experimental studies, the main subject has been how to dispose of environment-impacting substances such as waste oil, fluids and lead. Over the past several years, however, research has been done on ways to improve recycling efficiency with the aim of reusing materials with high added value.
While improving dismantling technology, we provide feedback from the findings of these studies to our development department, so that they can be reflected in materials design and in design for ease of dismantling.

Providing information to our partners

Nissan emphasizes the creation of partnerships that go beyond industry frameworks in advancing the effective use of resources. Our hope is to gain a synergistic effect through these partnerships that will lead to a large circle of resource recycling.

Recycling manual for end-of-life vehicles

To promote the proper disposal of end-of-life vehicles, we distribute a recycling manual for end-of-life vehicles to automobile dismantlers. The manual includes key points related to the location and work processes for environment-impacting substances, as well as safety cautions.

Manuals for removal of copper and resin parts


Manual for Removing Parts Containing Copper from End-of-life Vehicles

To promote the effective use and recycling of valuable resources such as copper and iron, we distribute a manual for removal of parts containing copper mainly to automobile dismantlers.

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Harness recycling design guidelines


Harness recycling design guidelines

Nissan and four other Japanese automakers that are members of ART* (Suzuki, Fuji Heavy Industries, Mazda, and Mitsubishi Motors) have jointly produced harness recycling design guidelines.

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  • *ART was formed when the Automobile Recycling Law was enacted (January 2005). This team forms an important part in the system for proper, smooth, and efficient recycling of automobile shredder residue. Its 13 member companies are Isuzu, Chrysler Japan, Suzuki, Nissan, Nissan Diesel, PAG Import, Ford Japan, Fuji Heavy Industries, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus, Mercedes-Benz Japan, and the Japan Automobile Recycling Promotion Center.

    http://www.asrrt.jp/index.html

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