Assessing the Economics of Pre-Fragmentation Material Recovery

Research Area:
Remanufacturing and Recycling


Journal of Resources Conservation & Recycling

SMART Authors:
Shahin Rahimifard

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The 2006 end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) directive target for the recycled and reused material content of an ELV has been undertaken using the current recovery infrastructure within the UK. The current expectation is that the conformance for the 2006 recycling target will be mainly achieved using existing post-fragmentation separation tecnologies rather than manually disassembling vehicles into their constituent materials. With the economic pressure of the current legislative targets weighing heavily on end-of-life stakeholders, and the further increase of recycling levels for 2015, it is important to understand 'when' and 'if' manual dismantling activities become economically viable within a dramatically changing vehicles recovery industry. This paper describes a method of costing the dismantling of specific makes and models of vehicle due for retirement in 2015, and discusses the economic implications of such practice and possible strategic directions for pre-fragmentation vehicle recovery.  


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