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June 1, 2012

Honda Discloses Results of Resource-Recycling based on Japan's End-of-life Vehicle Recycling Law for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2012

TOKYO, Japan, June 1, 2012 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today disclosed results of the recycling/recovering of fluorocarbons, airbags, and Automobile Shredder Residue (ASR) based on Japan's End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Recycling Law for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.

  • The number of ELVs from which fluorocarbons were collected was approximately 320,000 units (a decrease of 16% compared to the preceding fiscal year).
  • The number of ELVs from which airbags were collected was approximately 240,000 units (a decrease of 6% compared to the preceding fiscal year).
  • The number of ELVs from which ASR was collected as the final stage of the ELV treatment was approximately 370,000 units (a decrease of 20% compared to the preceding fiscal year).
  • The recycling rate of airbag inflators and ASR was 93.6% and 93.3%, respectively, complying with the ordinances of the relevant ministries (85% for airbag inflators and 70% for ASR by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016).
  • The total cost of the recycling efforts amounted to 3.48 billion yen, which was 290 million yen less than the total recycling deposits received which was 3.77 billion yen.

Honda will continue its efforts to ensure proper treatment of ELVs and further increase recycling rates.

[Overview of Honda's ELV recycling for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012]

[Timeframe] April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012

•Recycling amount

Item Descriptions Fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 Fiscal year ended March 31, 2011
Fluorocarbons Weight of CFC and HFC collected (kg) (1)CFC collected (kg)
(2)HFC collected (kg)
4,080
87,754
8,004
107,703
Total CFC/HFC
[(1)+ (2) kg]
91,834 115,707
No. of ELVs from which CFC and HFC were collected (1)CFC (unit)
(2)HFC (unit)
17,551
302,951
33,564
350,187
Total CFC/HFC
[(1)+ (2) units]
320,502 383,751
Airbags No. of airbags collected (unit) (1)Removal/collection (unit) *1
(2)Onboard deployment (unit) *2
69,210
635,621
64,908
600,703
Total [(1)+ (2) units] 704,831 665,611
No. of ELVs from which airbags were collected (1)Removal/collection (unit)
(2)Onboard deployment (unit)
(3)Partial removal/collection and partial onboard deployment (unit)
25,746
216,160
1,838
27,325
230,335
717
Total [(1)+ (2)+ (3) ] units 243,744 258,377
Weight of airbag inflators recycled Total weight of airbag inflators collected (kg) --- A 45,887 44,390
Total weight of airbag inflators collected and made ready to be recycled (kg) --- B 42,950 41,787
ASR No. of ELVs from which ASR was collected (1)No. of ELVs collected (unit)
(2)No. of dismantled vehicles given to licensed 3rd party for whole resource recycling of dismantled vehicles (unit)
347,425
20,922
433,482
29,005
Total [(1)+ (2) units] 368,347 462,487
Weight of ASR collected (1)Weight of ASR collected (t)
(2)Weight of ASR that would have been generated if not given to licensed 3rd party whole resource recycling company (t)
66,485
4,083
81,435
5,515
Total [(1)+ (2) t] --- C 70,568 86,950
Weight of ASR recycled (1)Weight of ASR taken in to recycling facilities (t) 65,580 74,917
(2)Weight of residue emitted from the recycling facilities (t) 3,769 5,999
(3)Weight of ASR recycled [(1)-(2) t] 61,811 68,919
(4)Weight of ASR that would have been generated if not given to licensed 3rd party whole resource recycling company (t) 4,083 5,515
(5)Weight of residue that would have been exhausted if not given to licensed 3rd party whole resource recycling company (t) 45 507
(6)Weight of ASR recycled [(4)-(5) t] 4,038 5,008
Total weight of ASR recycled
[(3)+ (6) t] --- D *3
65,848 73,927
Weight of ASR reduced (t) --- E 0 0

•Recycling rates

Item Descriptions Fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 Fiscal year ended March 31, 2011
Airbags
B / A
Recycling rate of airbag inflators (%) *4 93.6 94.1
ASR
D / (C+ E)
Recycling rate of ASR (%) *5 93.3 85.0

•Deposit vs. Cost

Item Descriptions Fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 Fiscal year ended March 31, 2011
Fluorocarbons Recycling deposits received (yen)
Cost of collecting/recovery/recycling (yen)
Balance (yen)
710,934,132
642,572,334
68,361,798
840,002,036
776,350,114
63,651,922
Airbags Recycling deposits received (yen)
Cost of collecting/recovery/recycling (yen)
Balance (yen)
534,777,172
507,585,356
27,191,816
535,891,392
510,727,739
25,163,653
ASR Recycling deposits received (yen)
Cost of collecting/recovery/recycling (yen)
Balance (yen)
2,520,737,003
2,329,705,510
191,031,493
3,091,539,739
2,809,869,400
281,670,339
Total of 3 items Recycling deposits received (yen)
Cost of collecting/recovery/recycling (yen)
Balance (yen)
3,766,448,307
3,479,863,200
286,585,107
4,467,433,167
4,096,947,253
370,485,914

•Facilities which conform to the standards for treatment of ASR

For more information about the standard-conforming ASR treatment facilities Honda used, please refer to the website of TOYOTSU Recycle Corporation: URL:http://www.toyotsurecycle.co.jp/asr/

*1
A method of airbag recycling in which airbags are removed from the vehicle to collect inflators. Then, inflators are recycled at a designated recycling facility.
*2
A method of airbag recycling in which airbags are deployed while they are still on the vehicle.
*3
The total weight of ASR recycle will not be matched with the total of each items due to rounding errors.
*4
Airbag recycling rate = weight of metal collected/weight of inflators collected
*5

ASR Recycling Rate

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