Sustainability Report: Recycling percentage for end-of-life cars reaches 96.2% in 2011

Sustainability Report: Recycling percentage for end-of-life cars reaches 96.2% in 2011

In 2011, 96.2% of the weight of end-of-life cars in the Netherlands was recycled, as shown in the sustainability report that ARN presented today. The recycling percentage has two components: 83.1% was used as a product or material and 13.1% was incinerated to generate power. In 2010, the recycling percentage was still 95.3%. In 2011, 249,607 cars were deregistered for scrap, of which 206,150 vehicles were processed by ARN’s contract partners. This made ARN’s market share 82.6% in 2011.

However, this recycling percentage of 96.2% does not yet satisfy the legal requirement set for 2015. This states that at least 85% should be reused as a product or material, rising to 95% through incineration for power generation. It is the last few percentages for the reuse of materials that are the most complex and expensive to achieve.

Incinerating shredder waste to generate power counts towards the recycling percentage. Since 2010, this has been possible in waste incinerators with a so-called R(ecycling) 1 status. The government can grant this status to incineration plants on the basis of European directives. The recycling percentage rose because many plants were granted this status in 2010.

ARN’s PST(Post Shredder Technology) facility in Tiel is making a major contribution to achieving the target because it reprocesses shredder waste into reusable materials. In recent months, the amount of shredder waste processed in the PST facility has been rising steadily. The material comes from two shredder groups. Last year, the complex process line with 170 machines connected in series and parallel was comprehensively tested and adjusted. In view of the fact that shredder waste is very heterogeneous, all possible batches were tested. The material produced must satisfy strict requirements for high-quality processing.

“Various players in the recycling market come to us for partial recycling,” says Arie de Jong, managing director of ARN. “There’s also a lot of interest in the sector for visiting the plant.” In 2011, the PST plant was granted a LIFE+ subsidy of about 1 million euros. This means that the facility will serve as a demonstration project for the rest of Europe as regards the implementation of European nature and environmental policy.

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