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“Take it back: Europe’s new auto recycling
laws,” – Stephen Power, p. W15, WSJE
(April 21-23, 2006)
Automakers required to “recycle 85% of a vehicle by
weight, rising to 95 % in 2015”
“Automakers are increasingly using synthetic materials,
such as reinforced plastics, to lower the vehicle weight and
emissions. Those materials are much harder to recycle
than conventional non-synthetic materials”
DaimlerChrysler….has begun building Mercedes-Benz cars
with exteriors made partly of a type of banana-plant fiber
that is both more biodegradable and lighter than exteriors
made from conventional glass fibers”