Controversy About Auto Recycling Target Dates

It’s only a matter of time, however, the European Commission and the European Group of Automotive Recycling Associations (EGARA, The Netherlands), disagree on how soon auto manufacturers should comply with reuse, recycling and recovery dates.

An assessment of the End-of-life Vehicles Directive, issued by the European Commission, determined that the original 2015 target-date should stand. This target calls for 95% of reuse and recovery, and 85% of reuse and recycling by January 1, 2015.

The commission’s assessment suggests that the up-side of these challenging target dates will drive the auto makers to technological innovation necessary to meet them.

On the other side of the issue, the assessments' conclusions were disputed by a variety of interested parties, including the important European Group of Automotive Recycling Associations (EGARA).

Material composition of the vehicles is one of the serious challenges auto makers and recyclers face. The directive says that the European Parliament and the EU Council should re-examine the target-dates on the basis of an EU Commission report regarding other relevant environmental aspects related to vehicles.

Source: European Group of Automotive Recycling Associations

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