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Tuesday 23 December  
Extreme car recycling
Thijs Westerbeek's picture
Tiel, Netherlands
Tiel, Netherlands

Extreme car recycling

Published on : 14 October 2011 - 2:21pm | By Thijs Westerbeek van Eerten (Photo: RNW)
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As of today, cars in the Netherlands can be almost completely recycled; after all the metal has been removed, it’s now possible to take everything of value out of the material that’s left.

In the Dutch town of Tiel a brand new factory does exactly that, and it’s a first. The concept is called Post Shredder Technology (PST), and only Auto Recyling Netherlands (ARN) can take it to that level.

A car is made of much more than steel alone. But it’s highly complicated to separate all those valuable materials once the shredder has torn the wreck to bits and the metal has been removed. What remains – some 200 kilos per car - looks like very dirty compost. And everything in it is mixed together.

(Read more below the video.)

In the new factory in Tiel, a whole range of clever machines take out copper, plastics, glass and fibre, all of which will be reused in new products.

The plant is currently partly financed by the 45-euro ‘disposal fee’ charged on every new car. But, due to the rising prices of raw materials and the upscaling of the process, that won’t last long.

The moment the factory will pay for itself, or even make a profit, is coming soon. And, as Arie de Jong of ARN puts it: “Recycling is the very best form of sustainability.”



sohel 8 November 2014 - 6:54am / Bangladesh

This is very nice and useful auto machine for recycling the cars.

GraceCarter 7 October 2014 - 1:55pm

Quite informative. Cars are very precious and costly too that's why no user can let their vehicles to go wasted. So at the end of their useful life, vehicles have value as a source of spare parts. It’s good that your car will get recycled as a result a user can get some of its value and from the environment point of view also its quite safe.
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Albert Freeman 27 August 2014 - 1:44pm

As you can see technology has no limits and is advancing rapidly. Car recycling is a term which i have never heard off. But nice it is a way of being economic and saving our energy resources. Many people does not care about their car and use it roughly then then when shows problem sell it and buy new car. They don't prefer the maintenance part. Nice and innovative article and also unique. Thanks for the information. Auto Body Repair Vancouver WA

denzelswan 25 August 2014 - 6:48am / USA

Through the help of recycling process; we are able to make a new thing from an old one. Automobile manufacturing industries are also using the concept of recycling; it helps to rebuild a car into a new shape while using the old materials. In Netherlands we have found a complete new format; that how through recycling process Auto Recycling Netherlands (ARN) removes all the metal from cars and reused in new products.
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Thomasmarteen 23 August 2014 - 1:18pm

Automobile industry is a fast growing manufacturing industry. New cars with well and developed features are available in market; these are more efficient than the general old cars. Many people are crazy for car but it is not enough. With this having knowledge of car parts and maintenance is essential for car owners. Then we will able to get better and long time of performance from a car. For this there are several cars respire and service center are available in our country.
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ethanbstrick 14 August 2014 - 10:42am / USA

As we well known with the fact that recycling is the process under which we can remake or reused a used product and make into a new one with different design, model and different shape. Most probably several companies are using the process of recycling for products like; water bottles, glass, plastic materials and many others. But here we have found complete new concept on recycling of cars; even we doesn't know whether it is effective or not as we are not aware about the result that comes out from here. But still we have some faith on car recycling process; we hope to get some beneficial results from it.
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davinlee790 21 July 2014 - 6:20am

Car recycling is a process, that can done everywhere, after using cars in a long time, it got damaged. For recycling, there are many type of equipments used and it give a benefit to the company also.
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RyanJoe 17 July 2014 - 8:13am

Car recycling is extremely tough as there are so many parts of a car to be recycled and much more damaged parts are there to remove. The whole process of recycling is time taking which starts from incoming vehicles being inventoried for parts then fluids are drained and removed and ultimately remaining shell of the vehicle is crushed and recycled. Recycling is beneficial because it saves energy and natural resources. Car Repair Centers should know the process of recycling and apply the process to the damaged vehicles for giving it a new shape.

Jackson Breily 12 July 2014 - 2:39pm

It is a nice technique. car recycling will be more helpful for the users. When our car getting damaged in an accident , there we have no choice for repairing it again but the car recycling technique is a very good technique in which we can restructure it. This technology can bring a great change to the automobile sector. Repair centers must know these techniques for giving their customers the high quality services.
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Parkerevans 10 June 2014 - 2:38pm

Car recycling is new for us as it is quite impossible. But if it is possible it will be very effective for normal people. As we know car is very costly many people can't bale to buy a new car. If car recycle process will be effective or success the coast of a car definitely reduce. We can found a huge number of cars on road in daily basis. The number of damaged car at garage or service center nearly equal to the number of running cars.
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Smith 19 April 2014 - 1:48pm

Its a very good and useful machine for recycling the cars, every where you can get the old and used cars and those cars are recycle in this type of process. After use of car in a long time people sold the cars and in the recycling center they separate all the parts and sale them separately in the market.
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Pierre Davis 19 January 2012 - 4:36am

This is a great machine for recycling The concept is called Post Shredder Technology (PST).Recycling is the very best form of sustainability.where to recycle electrical goods

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