Copper recycling in Europe: End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs)

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Copper recycling in Europe:
End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs)

Copper is 100% recyclable and can be reused multiple times without losing its intrinsic physical and chemical properties. Recycling depends on many factors, ranging from:

  • Consumers’ responsibility in returning discarded or obsolete products
  • Consistent reporting of waste streams
  • Products’ lifespan and their subsequent decommissioning
  • Overall efficiency of the waste management system

From all copper produced globally, around 8% is used in vehicles. The same applies in Europe, and is expected to exponentially grow due to the electrification of the mobility and transport sector.

ELVs make up around 7% of the total EU End-of-Life copper in waste. Along with other metals in ELVs, copper recycling offers a great opportunity for value retention in the EU. ELV recycling efficiencies primarily occur at collection, separation and shredding stages.


Learn more about End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) recycling in Europe

08 Octobre 2023

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Symeon Christofyllidis

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