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Old 02-09-2009, 09:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Recovery rate of end-of-life vehicles

Some ten million cars reach the end of their lifespan in Europe every year. We have been focusing on the recycling of these scrap vehicles for many years. Now, increasingly stringent European policy is calling for redoubled efforts.

Vehicles, like other consumer goods, have limited life cycles. No matter how well made they are, or how well they have been maintained, some day they all give up the ghost. And at this point, they become a source of waste.

End-of-life vehicles already have some of the highest recovery rates of any industrial products. The reason is simple: a car is 70% metal, ferrous (steel) and non-ferrous (aluminium, copper, etc.), which is easy to recycle. But the image of compacted car wrecks, embodified in the work of French sculptor CÚsar, still lingers. It is therefore essential to continue increasing the recovery rate of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) and to collect them so that they can be properly processed.

95% recoverable by 2015..... continued here: PSA Peugeot Citroen - Magazine - Automotive recycling and recovery: setting the bar even higher

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Old 02-09-2009, 09:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't imagine that there are that many vehicles out there that are never going to be scraped, just this last summer when I was trying to sell a car we had a number of people calling to ask if we had any other cars to sell for scrap, how many people call you to ask if you want to sell them your old TV, or news papers, or other recyclable goods?

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