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Waste from road vehicles

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Assessment made on  01 Jan 2002

Generic metadata


Transport Transport (Primary theme)

Waste and material resources Waste and material resources

DPSIR: Pressure


Indicator codes
  • TERM 011
Geographic coverage:

Policy issue:  Prevent waste generation and reuse or recycle as much scrap material as possible

Key messages

  • Numbers of end-of-life vehicles and used tyres are expected to grow significantly.

  • The EU is on the track to meet the objective to abolish the landfilling of waste tyres. However additional efforts are still needed to find alternative outlets for waste tyres to meet the target in year 2003 and 2006.


Key assessment

The number of scrapped cars is expected to grow significantly throughout Europe, as growing welfare will enable more and more people to own cars, or to replace older vehicles with more modern ones. The increase in the number of scrapped cars is modelled to be steeper for the ACs than for the EU, as their vehicle fleet is growing more rapidly and more old vehicles are being scrapped following better inspection and maintenance programmes, and environmental or safety concerns.

Insufficient information is currently available on the recycling performance of the different waste flows from scrapped cars within the EU or ACs. In the EU, the end-of-life vehicle directive (Directive 2000/53/EC ) aims to improve recovery, reuse and recycling of cars, so as to minimise the final disposal of the increasing number of scrapped cars. For used tyres � one of the waste flows � some data exist. From these it appears that the EU is on track to meet the objective to abolish the landfilling of waste tyres by 2006. However a few EU countries still have to find alternative outlets for more than two thirds of their waste tyres to meet the target.

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