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Extreme car recycling
Thijs Westerbeek's picture
Tiel, Netherlands
Tiel, Netherlands

Extreme car recycling

Published on : 14 October 2011 - 3:21pm | 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.”



davinlee790 21 July 2014 - 7:20am

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 - 9:13am

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 - 3:39pm

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 - 3:38pm

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 - 2:48pm

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 - 5:36am

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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