Water recycling gets big tick

Toyota Manufacturing UK received two Big Ticks at the Environmental Awards for Excellence as a part of the Business in the Community celebrations.

One of the ticks was for Toyota’s innovation in Eco-efficiency. A waste water recycling system at the Burnaston plant has reduced the usage by over 100,000 tonnes per year as the car body painting process sends its water to the boilers which then generate steam. This is the second year running that this process has been the recipient of this award.

The second big tick, however, was for Environmental Leadership in recognition of the whole plant’s commitment to saving energy, recycling and reducing waste. All employees are involved in environmental training sessions to encourage green practices in the workplace, and at home.

Clive Bridge, corporate affairs director at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK said: "Caring for the environment has always been at the heart of our business planning and we have implemented a number of initiatives across our plants to reduce our use of natural resources and energy.

"Our achievements are made possible by the environmental focus and determination of our employees who continually seek to improve our performance in this crucial area. These latest Big Tick awards are further recognition of our commitment."

Toyota Manufacturing UK was awarded a Big Tick in recognition of achieving zero waste to landfill at the Burnaston and Deeside plants – the first UK car manufacturer to achieve this environmental target – both in 2004 and 2005.

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