Reuse, recycling and useful applications
Some parts of an end-of-life vehicle, such as gearboxes or headlights, are suitable for reuse. Various links in the recycling chain process materials that are recovered from end-of-life vehicles into reusable basic materials, such as metals, fibres and plastics. The vast majority of end-of-life vehicles can be reused or recycled. In 2021 that amounted, all told, to 87.3 per cent of the total weight of all end-of-life vehicles.
A second category comprises materials that cannot be reused, but can be put to another good use. An example of this is energy recovery through combustion. In 2021, this came to a total of 11.4 per cent of the total weight of all end-of-life vehicles.