PSA-Peugeot Citroen has pledged to replace up to a third of the plastic polymers in its cars with recyclable materials by 2015.
Currently around 20% of the weight of Peugeot vehicles are made of non-recyclable plastic polymers, including spoilers, supports, parcel shelves and seating. The company aims to replace a third of these with natural fibres such as flax and hemp, bioplastics and plastic polymers from renewable resources.
UK spokesman Peter Bourke said: That is the area we target it uses components that are not fully recyclable at the moment. That 20% is our opportunity.
Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association secretary Duncan Wemyss welcomed the news. He told MRW: We currently recycle 85% of all end-of-life vehicles (ELVs). Any additional recycling that can be achieved can only benefit the industry and society.
The evolution in improvements in plastics recycling is gathering pace, which will lead us to the 2015 requirement of 95% of ELVs. Its vital that we are able to find additional materials to get to that figure.