In Finland, up to 95 percent of an obsolete car material can be reused and a Finnish company Suomen Autokierratys shows the way.

“First we remove… liquids, batteries and tyres from the car as well as any recyclable spare parts. After crushing, we separate the steel, iron, rubber, plastic, textiles and non-ferrous metals,” explained Risto Pohjanpalo, Director of Suomen Autokierratys.

"New steel products, such as pots and pans, are manufactured from the steel. There is plenty of work for copper smelters too," added Pohjanpalo.

Tyre materials are used for civil engineering in the foundations of roads and parking lots and as crumb rubber in the astroturf at football stadiums.

"The proportion of recycled material in our cookware products is, on average, 70 percent. The recycled steel comes from our campaign as well as from various industries, such as the automotive industry," Laura Syrjala, a kitchen products specialist, was quoted as saying.

"Only an average of 50 kg of a 1,000 kg car ends up at the landfill," informed Oy Arto Silvennoinen, Managing Director of Suomen Autokierratys.

The recycling of cars is regulated through an European Union directive, which specifies that, by 2015, 95 percent of the weight of a scrap car must be utilised and reclaimed. Finland already reached this target in 2010.

(Agencies)

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