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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV)
Date: Thu Jun 17 1999 - 14:10:02 EDT

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 14:10:02 -0400 (EDT)
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Recycling of car components (Linda van Moost   Ruben Koman)

June 17, 1999

Dear Linda van Moost Ruben Koman,

The German government requires auto makers to take responsibility for the final disposal of their products. Motor vehicle manufacturers and dealers or commissioned third parties collect the more than 2.5 million scrapped vehicles from the end users who can dispose of their cars free of charge. Recycling is given priority and recycling and reuse must be designed into the product when first manufactured.

In 1992 the Dutch government also passed a law making manufacturers responsible for their product from production through final disposal. By using the threat of the law the Dutch government prompted representatives of the industries concerned (auto parts included) to work out conventions for the protection of the environment.

Austria drafted legislation in 1993 for car disposal.

The EU drafted a Used Car Ordinance in 1992 requiring manufacturers of components to make their components recyclable, easily dismantled, etc.

Firms prominently taking part in either legislated or voluntary European motor vehicle recycling include BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Rover, Bird, Opel, etc.

ACORD is a UK trade association that will have a great deal of information on this subject.

France and Switzerland also have motor vehicle recycling laws, though I can't find their specific requirements.

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