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Recycling end-of-life vehicles

Cars are complex pieces of machinery and their recycling can be a challenge. But what happens to an end-of-life vehicle as it passes through the recycling chain? What kind of companies are involved? What about the oil, tyres and plastics? Read on to gain some insight into the various phases of a car’s final journey.

Recycling results for end-of-life vehicles

With a recycling performance of 98.7 per cent, it would be fair to say that recycling is well-organised in the Netherlands.

But which parts of an end-of-life vehicle are given a new lease of life, which materials are recycled, and what products can be made from recycled materials?

Legislation and regulations

Strict environmental regulations apply to the processing of end-of-life vehicles. To this end,  European guidelines have been translated into Dutch regulations. A digest of the most important legislation and regulations can be found here.

Recycling fee

When you buy a new car, you also pay a one-off recycling fee. This is a mandatory fee that must be paid when the car is registered in the Netherlands for the first time. But how exactly? And what happens to the fee that you pay? All relevant information can be found here.


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