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Nissan Motor reported the progress on its recycling and recovery efforts in Japan for fiscal year 2012. The company achieved the recovery ratio of 99.3%.

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Nissan announced its recovery results for Automobile Shredder Residue (ASR), airbag-related products, and fluorocarbons recovered from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in accordance with the Japan Automobile Recycling Law.

In fiscal year 2012, Nissan recovered 114,516.3 tons of the 119,175.2 tons of ASR collected from 549,874 vehicles in Japan - an amount that represents a recovery ratio of 96.1% - which achieves the Japan Automobile Recycling law ASR recovery target rate of 70% by FY2015 for the second year in a row. The recovery ratio for ELVs (actual value) stands at 99.3%. Nissan also reduced the amount of ASR-related landfill and incineration disposal to zero.

Nissan recovered 1,549,317 airbag-related products from 450,755 vehicles through recovery processing and on-board deployment operations?4. The airbag recycling ratio stood at 93.8%, exceeding the legal requirement of 85%. A total of 145,455.873 kg of fluorocarbons collected from 493,417 vehicles was processed.

The cost of the recycling efforts for these specified materials amounted to 5,651,132,643 yen. Recycling fees and income generated from the fund for vehicle recycling totaled 6,308,336,938 yen, contributing to a net surplus of 657,204,295 yen. From FY2004 to fiscal year 2012, the total cost of recycling operations led to a net surplus of 2,100,618,913 yen, an amount that is equivalent to 438 yen per vehicle. For the mid- and long-term forecast, Nissan anticipates the cost of recycling operations to stabilize.

Consistent with the Nissan Green Program 2016, the company's mid-term environmental plan, Nissan will continue efforts to improve its ELV recycling actions to achieve a top-level ELV recovery rate in Japan. With active utilization of ASR recycling facilities, Nissan achieved zero ASR-related disposals to landfill and incineration in fiscal year 2012. It will continue to work toward achieving an ASR recovery ratio of 100%.

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