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Identifying plastics

The design story

For many years, Ford has led the way in looking for ways to minimise the impact of cars on the environment. One option is to increase the use of plastics in its cars, which:

In line with European legislation (see New laws for scrapping old cars), Ford has been looking for ways to make its cars more recyclable and to use recycled plastics in its vehicles. John Amner, Automotive Recycling Specialist for Ford, linked up with Graham Hearn of Wolfson Electrostatics at the University of Southampton, and together they developed two new methods of identifying plastics:

New laws on scrapping old cars

A changing scrap industry

The PolyAna

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