Automobile dealerships are subject to various laws and regulations. In January 2005, Automobile Recycling Law calls for every employee at automobile dealerships to have an overall understanding of the law, including the background for the legislation and a breakdown of charges imposed. At the same time, they are given responsibility for explaining the law to customers.
Nissan therefore prepared and distributed an original Service Response Manual dealing with the Automobile Recycling Law. We also held meetings to explain the manual and related laws in all parts of the country, provided information that was more directly relevant to work, and set up an inquiry desk specifically to handle questions about the Recycling Law. In these ways, we developed a complete system for responding quickly to inquiries from dealerships. We also conveyed easy-to-understand information to each of our dealerships, including a series of special issues of our "Green-Cycle Communication" bulletin dedicated to the Recycling Law. This bulletin was started in fiscal 1998 to provide timely environmental information to our dealerships.
Activities at Dealerships
Japan's automobile recycling law requires automotive manufacturers with collection and recycling, recovery of specified 3 items generated from end-of life vehicles: CFCs/HFCs, airbags and automobile shredder residue. Nissan is collecting and processing end-of-life vehicles based on Japan's Automobile Recycling Law through all Nissan dealerships, which are registered with local government bodies as "take-back stations" as this law requires.
Chlorofluorocarbon recovery tanks
Nissan has contracted the Japan Automobile Recycling Promotion Center to recover and destroy specified chlorofluorocarbons (CFC12) and their alternatives, hydro-fluorocarbons (HFC134a), which are used as alternatives to chlorofluorocarbons, based on a law for the recovery and destruction of chlorofluorocarbons that went into effect in October 2002.
Since January 2005, Nissan has been conducting its own processes based on the Automobile Recycling Law to break down recovered chlorofluorocarbons (CFC12) and the hydro-fluorocarbons (HFC134a) that are used as their substitutes.