As part of our environmental commitment, we have developed a complete vehicle recycling programme, encompassing design-for-recycling guidelines, increased use of recycled material, and reducing hazardous materials.
VEHICLE RECYCLING PROGRAMME
The End of Life Vehicle Regulations entered into force in the UK in November 2003 with full implementation from March 2005. This requires that all car manufacturers and importers of new cars in the United Kingdom:
- Take back vehicles that they put on the market at the end of their life ensuring that they are treated in an environmentally responsible fashion.
- With other economic operators, meet reuse and recovery targets of 85% by weight from 2006 and 95% by weight from 2015.
A NETWORK OF AUTHORISED TREATMENT FACILITIES
The take back must be free of charge to the last registered holder or keeper and applies to all passenger vehicles with up to nine seats and up to a permissible total weight of 3/5 tonnes. Until 1 January 2007, free take back only applies to those vehicles first registered on or after 1 July 2002.
The law defines further conditions in order for the vehicle to qualify for free take back:
- Vehicles must be delivered to a manufacturers' appointed free take back facility.
- The vehicle must be complete, containing the essential components of the vehicle including engine, transmission, coachwork, wheels and catalyst (where fitted).
- The vehicle must be free from additional waste (such examples include garden/household waste, additional tyres etc.)
Environmental responsibility is a major part of the business philosophy of Jaguar, as it's one of our core brand values. Jaguar has worked steadily over the past several years to integrate environmental considerations into how we do business. Through our core business processes, we set improvement goals and targets and monitor progress. We aim to produce as economical and clean a car as possible. The policy considers the wider environment and producing recyclable vehicles in a pollution free production process.
The end of the life of the car is also considered, the treatment of old vehicles and the recycling of the materials from them. Re-use and re-utilisation of materials have priory before disposal and where economically possible re-integrated into the product. Every Jaguar is designed to be at least 85% recyclable.
In current Jaguar models 66 different parts are made from plastic from recycled materials with a total weight of 26 kilograms. More importantly, the material used in Jaguar vehicles can be fed back into the material cycle again and be re-used for further manufacture of new automotive components or for non-automotive purposes.
THE DE-POLLUTION PROCESS
When a vehicle is presented to a Jaguar approved treatment centre it will be professionally de-polluted. This involves
- The draining of all fluids.
- The removal of the battery and tyres.
- The neutralisation of the Airbag systems.
Any saleable parts will be removed and sold. Further treatment of the vehicle will take place at a shredding facility where the vehicle is crushed and separation techniques used to recover metallic material for recycling into new steel and non-ferrous metals.
The remaining material, known as shredder residue, can be further treated to retrieve any lost metallic and non-metallic material. The remaining residue can be further sorted and used in a number of applications. For example, glass that is recovered can be used as an aggregate for road building and road surfaces.
Once these processes have been completed only then will the remaining residue be sent to landfill (typically less than 20% of the original weight of the vehicle).
Jaguar uses an experimental disassembly facility where vehicles are disassembled and examined to find easier ways to dismantle vehicles at the end of their life. The information from these disassembly studies of current and older Jaguar models is input into the International Disassembly Information system (IDIS), which vehicle manufacturers have developed together as the source of information to enable efficient disassembly.
IDIS now contains disassembly information on over 300 vehicle models from 24 manufacturers. Click on the link below to visit the IDIS website: