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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
2008 Daimler C Class 95% Recycling Target
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Daimler C Class Meets 2015 EU End Of Life Vehicle Directive

Since its release in 2007, the new Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) C-Class has met the European Union's 2015 EU End Of Life Vehicle Directive for sustainability in the recycling of 'end of life' cars. In March 2007, Daimler became the first automobile manufacture to receive the 'Reusability and Recyclability' certificate from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. In fact the new C-Class is 95% recyclable based upon a recycling ISO Standard (ISO 22628). Daimler appears to be leading the auto industry in this critical area of sustainability of resources for the planet through its design initiatives related to the recycling of cars.

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has 39 major components that meet recyclability standards for plastic components, and 32 components on the vehicle are made of renewable raw materials. Recycling of plastic components and choosing plastic types that are recyclable in automotive design is a strong benefit of the 2015 EU End of Life Vehicle Directive, and it will promote designing for sustainability in other industries as well.

In brief, the 2015 EU End of Life Vehicle Directive covers the design and disposal requirements for vehicles sold within the European Union and is applicable to both vehicle manufacturers and importers. By January 1, 2015 95% of a vehicle must meet re-use and recovery requirements. Vehicle manufacturers must correctly code all materials used in a car for recycling, provide complete dismantling instructions for their cars, and publish all information regarding methods and processes to safely and effectively recover the cars components and fluids. Within the EU before 2015, a whole new industry will emerge with respect to the systematic dismantling of cars for recycling.

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