[Ec07] Recycled Vehicular Materials

AUTHOR: Christian Dimbleby

car-windscreen-waste.jpg
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car-waste2.jpg
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CROSSLINKS:

Database:
[006][007][008]
[In08][Pl06]
Prototypes:
[ETI]
Scenario Games: Action Plan:
[AP06]
External:

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ACTORS/AGENTS
Individuals; Disposal Yards; Vehicle Manufacturers; Government enforcement;
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DESCRIPTION
Millions of tonnes of usable building material are scrapped by other industries each year. Now that the European Union End-of Life Vehicles Directive has come fully into effect (2006), then recycling of the waste from this industry has to be done, as 80%+ must be recovered/recycled incresing to 85% by 2015.
There are interesting components, as the images above show, for which there is a plentiful suply, yet they have not been used in many architectural applications, e.g. windscreens can be used as cladding, tyres as structural wall supports, and even the metal body can be re-used.
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RESEARCH AGENDA
What materials/systems can be recovered from vehicles for use in architectural applications?
How can quality/quantities be controlled with recycled materials?