In 2020, 98.3% of the weight of all end-of-life cars will be recycled. This is evident from the sustainability report of ARN, the organization that, together with nearly 300 recycling companies, implements car recycling in the Netherlands. Almost all materials from end-of-life cars are recycled or recycled in a responsible manner.

225.804 cars returned to car dismantling companies

In total, 225.804 cars were discarded in the Netherlands last year (in 2019 this was 234.384). These cars end up at car dismantling companies, whether or not through garages. They deregister the car for dismantling and collect all liquids from the car for recycling by specialized companies. Many parts of a discarded car can still be used and are given a second life. For example the starter motor, gearbox and headlights.

Residual materials as new raw material

After dismantling, the bare car wreck is sent to a shredder company. The shredder installation grinds the car into small pieces of metal and residual material. The metals, such as iron, copper and aluminum, are separated and recovered for the metal processing industry. The residual material is sent to the post shredder factory for further processing.

Decrease in CO2 footprint

Responsible and high-quality car recycling has resulted in a total CO2 saving of 214,63 kton CO2 in the car recycling chain (198 kton CO2 in 2019). The recycling performance is made possible thanks to the recycling contribution of € 35 on every new car sold in 2020. This year the recycling contribution is € 30 per car. From April 30, the recycling fee will also apply to cars imported from abroad that will receive a Dutch registration number.

Drive batteries from electric cars

In addition to recycling end-of-life cars, ARN also implements the producer responsibility for drive batteries in electric cars for participating car importers. In 2020, 121.020 kilograms of lithium-ion batteries were collected via ARN (102.068 kg in 2019). Of this, 22.441 kilograms were eligible for second-use application in the form of energy storage, for example, and 98.579 kilograms were recycled.

About ARN

RNA was founded in 1995 as 'Auto Recycling Nederland' by four market parties from the automotive industry: BOVAG, FOCWA, RAI Vereniging and Stiba. With the aim of contributing to European rules and enabling car recycling in a responsible and high-quality manner. The 2020 sustainability report can be found at sustainability report2020.

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