This article discusses various initiatives for improving the recycling of steel from old cars, and describes some available methods. Unless disposal of cars is carried out correctly, it can have a major environmental impact. The automotive industry needs to preserve its valuable recycling infrastructure. It can contribute to this by: (1) preparing to anticipate proposed national and European legislation; (2) acknowledging responsibilities towards the environment; and (3) competing to promote the 'Green' image of its products. Possibly as soon as late 1995, a draft Recommendation of the European Commission will be implemented, that will make the motor industry responsible for its products in the controlled dismantling of vehicles at their 'end of life' (ELV). Many international and national groups have been formed to cooperate on ELV recycling projects in Europe. The multi- sector Automotive Consortium on Recycling and Disposal (ACORD) has for some time been developing plans to improve the environmental performance of the disposal process in the UK. Important car recycling technologies include: (1) the car shredder; (2) new methods for disposing of auto fluff; (3) zinc-coated products; and (4) electric arc furnaces.

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  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 18-21
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    • Volume: 20
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    • ISSN: 0307-6490

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  • Accession Number: 00711260
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1995 12:00AM