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June 2007

U.S. automakers work to optimize vehicle recycling

Today, more than 95 percent of all vehicles in the United States go through a market-driven recycling infrastructure, with no added cost or tax to consumers. More than 84 percent, by weight, of each end-of-life vehicle (ELV) is recycled.

The United States Council for Automotive Research’s (USCAR) Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP), composed of DaimlerChrysler AG, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, is working with the United States Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council to increase recycling of each ELV to as close to 100 percent as conceivably possible.

Thus far, the CRADA team impact has been broad and diverse and includes:

  • Establishing and publishing preferred practices for recycling.
  • Establishing efficient fluid removal processes.
  • Establishing procedures that optimize materials recovery from vehicle dismantling.
  • Researching separation technologies for commingled material streams.
  • Initiating efforts targeted at removing substances of concern from shredder residue, regardless of its source.

The research is funded by the VRP, the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council and United States DOE Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies.

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