New technology brings revolution in recycling scrapped cars
October 20th, 2014
The Financial Times considers revolutionary new technology in car recycling
The commissioning of the world’s largest industrial waste gasification plant at Oldbury, West Midlands is heralding a revolution in car recycling.
Chinook Sciences has developed new technology to allow almost 100 per cent of old vehicles to be recycled or turned into energy, and this technology has been adopted by the Europe’s largest car recycler at its processing plant in Oldbury.
One million End-of-Life Vehicles are scrapped each year in Britain, and the Oldbury joint venture between Chinook Sciences and European Metals Recycling will undoubtedly improve the recycling rate, above the European Directive set in January 2006 for scrapped cars of 85 per cent.
Last year, Britain achieved 88 per cent according to the British Metals Recycling Association, but from January next year, the bar rises to 95 per cent.
“The reality is that the only way those targets are going to be met is to get into this sort of technology. You can’t meet those targets by dismantling spare parts off a car,” says Graeme Carus, EMR’s director of business development.
The Green Investment Bank recently reported that the UK generated 85 million tonnes of waste with a quarter ending up in landfill. Within the waste industry, metal recycling is a £5.6 billion a year business with 13m tonnes of steel, aluminium and other metals recovered from cars, food and drink cans, cookers, fridges and other white goods in 2005, according to the British Metals Recycling Association.