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INDUSTRY PLAN TO SPEED UP VEHICLE RECYCLING

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Details of an industry plan to recycle 95% of scrap vehicles were given today after a meeting between DTI and DOE M...
Details of an industry plan to recycle 95% of scrap vehicles were given today after a meeting between DTI and DOE Ministers and the Automotive Consortium On Recycling and Disposal (ACORD).

ACORD have produced a plan to increase recycling of scrap vehicles to 95% of their body weight by the year 2015. Currently 75% of the body weight of 1.5 million vehicles scrapped in the UK each year is recycled, the remainder ends up in landfill sites. Industry is expected to reach this target through improvements in existing disposal processes, particularly by increased materials recycling and the use of incineration with energy recovery for non recyclable residues.

Patrick McLoughlin, DTI Minister with responsibility for the Environment, and DoE Minister Tim Yeo welcomed the plan when they met ACORD representatives today.

MrMcLoughlin said: 'I am pleased that industry has been able to come forward with proposals based on sensible economics which do not require new structures to be set up. I am extremely encouraged by the way ACORD have brought together the different organisations involved in the manufacture and disposal of vehicles, such as component suppliers, manufacturers, dismantlers and shredders.

'The targets in this plan are sensible and achievable and the Government will do its best to ensure that a similar approach is taken by the European Union as and when it brings forward its own proposals on scrap vehicles.'

Mr Yeo said: 'I will be following with keen interest the progress industry makes in achieving these targets. It is important that all sectors of the industry are prepared to accept that they have responsibility for their products and are prepared to find ways of reducing the harmful impacts that they might have on the environment.'

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