ELV Recycling Rate Tops 96 Percent in 2011

Report notes that last year’s figure increased modestly from the prior year.

June 5, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
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According to the Dutch company ARN, 96.2 percent of the weight of end-of-life (ELV) vehicles in the Netherlands were recycled. The figures came in a report released by ARN at the end of May 2012.

The report notes that the recycling percentage has two components: 83.1 percent was used as a product or material and 13.1 percent was incinerated to generate power. In 2010, the recycling rate was 95.3 percent. 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 percent in 2011.

In regard to 2011’s level, last year’s recycling percentage does not yet satisfy the country’s legal requirement set for 2015, which states that at least 85 percent of the ELVs should be reused as a product or material, increasing to 95 percent through incineration for power generation. The report notes that the last few percent for the reuse of materials that are the most complex and expensive to achieve. ARN adds that incinerating shredder waste to generate power counts towards the recycling level. The Dutch 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, Netherlands, is making a major contribution to achieving the target because it reprocesses shredder waste into reusable materials, the company says. The company reports the amount of shredder waste processed at 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 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, ARN managing director. “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.