ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota environmental officials are out to help make end-of-life automobiles even more recyclable.
About 75 percent of the weight of a typical vehicle is recycled after it ends its useful life, thanks to the high level of steel and other metals used in automobiles, a new report by the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance shows.
The report looks at automobile recycling and the barriers and opportunities that exist regarding vehicle waste recycling.
"This is a groundbreaking report that gives us valuable information on how the automobile industry can build upon successes that have already been achieved to make their manufacturing designs and processes environmentally friendly," says Sherry Enzler, director of the state agency.
Factors affecting recycling include the types of materials in question, how easily materials are recovered and whether a market exists for those recycled materials.