You have not stated which country you are interested in so I have
supplied information mainly from the UK as there is detailed
information to answer your question. I have also a little information
from the US.
This very detailed website from the UK gives information on vehicle
recycling in the UK. Here are some snippets from the page. I recommend
you read it in its entirety as it does refer to the various materials
used in the construction of a car and how they are disposed of.
?Every year, approximately 2 million new vehicles are registered and a
similar number are scrapped.?
?The quantity of used vehicles that are not resold equates to over 2
million tonnes of material to be recovered or disposed of. 1.85
million cars are recycled every year in the UK, and approximately 80%
of waste automotive materials (mainly metal) are recycled, with the
remainder going to landfill.?
?Currently about 98% of the metals in a car are recycled. These metals
are recovered by the vehicle shredding industry and subsequently
utilised by the steel industry and re-smelting plants.?
US Environmental Agency
?With roughly 10.5 million vehicles reaching the end of their useful
lives each year in the United States alone, finding new uses for
materials in cars or trucks that are not readily reusable or
recyclable is a significant challenge.?
?Currently, it is estimated that 75 percent of a vehicle's weight is
being recycled, mostly its metal components?the chassis, engine block,
and radiator, for example. The other 25 percent, known as auto
shredder residue (ASR) or "fluff" contains plastics, rubber, wood,
paper, fabrics, and glass. Each year, about 5 million tons of ASR are
disposed of in landfills.?
More information appears in Chapter 2 of a report on the Automotive
This article discusses how manufacturers are trying to improve the
recycling of cars and car parts.
Finally, the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR)
website will show how manufacturers are trying to reduce the amount
that goes into landfills.
"Today, more than 95 percent of all vehicles in the United States go
through a market-driven recycling infrastructure, with no added cost
or tax to consumers. More than 75 percent, by weight, of each
end-of-life vehicle (ELV) is recycled. The CRADA team is working to
raise that percentage to as close to 100 percent as conceivably
I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
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