97 percent recycling rate: ARN publishes sustainability report 2015

Fahrzeug-Recycling (Foto: Andi Karg)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – In its new sustainability report, ARN unveiled the recycling performance of the Dutch automotive sector for the year 2015. This is the year in which, in accordance with the European End-of-life Vehicle Directive, 95 percent reuse and recovery had to be achieved. With a 97 percent result, the Dutch automotive sector has easily exceeded the requirements, thanks to close cooperation within the automotive chain – in particular with the car dismantling companies and shredder companies – under the overall management of ARN.

Arie de Jong, Managing Director of ARN, commented: “For me, this milestone is absolute proof that automotive recycling is something we can only achieve through close cooperation; and I am proud of our joint performance.” The contribution of the post shredder technology plant (PST) to the total recycling performance of Dutch end-of-life vehicles has been made visible for the first time, thanks to the trials undertaken last year by ARN. By processing some 40,000 tonnes of shredder waste in 2015, the plant made up the final, difficult 12 percent of the 97 percent total. As De Jong continued: “That contribution has made the plant an essential link in the chain for ensuring continued compliance with the 95 percent target.”

As implementing organisation, ARN will continue to manage the automotive recycling chain over the next few years, in close collaboration with its chain partners. ARN and its „client“ RAI Association last year extended their cooperation agreement by a further five years. One element of the renewed agreement is the obligation to further continue reducing recycling costs, throughout the chain. In De Jong’s words: “The chain has matured; the 5th anniversary of the founding of the PST plant marks a definitive end to the start-up phase of the installation. Our aim, in addition to reducing costs, is to raise revenue from the plant by producing higher quality materials. In that way we will also contribute to a truly circular automotive recycling chain, which at the end of the day is our mission.”

The ARN Sustainability Report can be read online under issuu.com.

Source: ARN Recycling