More plastic must be salvaged from cars to hit recycling targets

Glaskin, Max
March 2004
Engineer (00137758);3/19/2004, Vol. 293 Issue 7647, p20
The scrap metal industry in Great Britain is finding itself in a tight corner. It needs a whole new infrastructure to achieve recycling recovery rates set for 2007. The problem is further worsened by the two million cars which are scrapped each year to supply a voracious food chain. It starts when local dismantlers depollute old wrecks and pass the stripped carcasses to a network of regional shredding plants, such as Europe's largest which is due to open in Liverpool this month. The fluids, metals and plastics they recover are sold on so that new cars can be made from old.


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