Good corporate citizens, and environmental leaders, are great descriptors for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. Their three plants in Cambridge and Woodstock build over 500,000 vehicles annually, producing the Toyota Corolla and RAV4, and the Lexus RX350 and RX450h. Toyota is a zero waste facility, with significant recycle, reuse, reduce and composting programs. Each year, they continue to set new environmental goals and raise the bar in manufacturing operations.

With a Tim Horton’s onsite to serve employees, staff are encouraged to put the lids of their cups in a separate slot in the recycling container. This is the only part of the cups that cannot be reused. In honour of their teams efforts to recycle, Toyota created the Lids4Kids program, where a donation is made to a children’s charity each quarter, in recognition of the lids collected.

Leslie Tinning, Program Co-ordinator for the Letters, Sounds and WordsTM program in Waterloo Region was honoured to receive a $2,500 donation earlier this year in support of the program. This gift will be used to help level the playing field for children who are struggling learning to read – approximately 1 in 4 children. Toyota’s gift was also made in honour of Manchester P.S. in Cambridge, a school serving the local community around their plants.

Thank you to Toyota for being champions for the community and the environment. Thank you for being good neighbours. To learn more about Toyota’s environmental commitment, and book a plant tour, we invite you to visit their website.

Photo: Leslie Tinning, Program Co-ordinator (centre), and Christina Proctor, Development and Communications Officer (far right) receive a $2,500 cheque from Toyota employees (left to right) Laura Giasson, Executive Support, Administration, Stephanie Pollard, Vice-President, Administration & Corporate Strategy, and Suzanne Baal, Manager, Communications & External Affairs. This photo was taken in Toyota’s Visitor Centre in Cambridge.