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Recycling Teamwork With the Supply Chain. the Mercedes-Benz Experience
Published May 05, 1994 by Verlag Des Verein Deutscher Ingenieure GmbH in Germany
Currently 75% of the weight of scrap cars is recyclable, mainly ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The rest is turned to shredded light scrap, mainly glass, plastic (30% plastics and rising) and rubber, with increasing use of plastic. The drastic fall in the number of disposal sites in Germany from 4,400 in 1975 to 330 in 1992 is an indication of the urgency of establishing a recycling industry.
Separate sections deal with the expected laws controlling recycling, the German auto industry consortium for recycling old vehicles, the logistics of retrieving scrap vehicles, the uses for and methods of obtaining useable recycled materials, and the all-important economic aspects of this increasingly fruitful team effort between suppliers and car manufacturers.