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Identifying plastics

A changing scrap industry

As a result of the new European legislation on the disposal of old cars, we are likely to see a new breed of scrap merchants - or 'authorised treatment facilities' - where cars are dismantled. These will be carefully controlled areas, with impermeable surfaces, secure storage facilities and a certified environmental management system.

When a vehicle comes in to be dismantled, the first step will be to de-pollute it by removing:

Then the tyres, glass and larger plastic components will be stripped off to aid recycling.

Ford already has its new cars 85% recyclable and aims to increase this to nearer 90%. All the plastic components in its new cars are marked to show what they are made from. However, this is not true for all cars and in some cases it can be difficult to read marks (for example, after a crash).

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