Believe it or not, virtually everything that goes into a new car can be made into something else at the end of the vehicle’s lifetime. Everything from the car’s batteries and oil, to the tyres and the foam in the seats can be ground up, melted and re-used. Manufacturers design vehicles with a ‘lifecycle’ in mind, which means that some parts of an unwanted car can be taken out and reused, and others can be recycled.

Indeed, depending on the vehicle’s type, age and condition, between 80-95% can be put back to use or recycled in some way.

The proportion of a vehicle that can be reused is only going to increase as greater emphasis on the environment is leading vehicle manufacturers to ensure that their vehicles are sustainable – both in terms of minimising waste…

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