Today the first annual Global Car Recycling Day, to be held on June 20th has been announced.
With over 1.4 billion cars on roads globally, it’s essential that people across the world make, and have the option to make, an environmentally responsible choice when their vehicle gets to the end of its life.
Domestic recycling is thankfully second nature in most economically developed nations, but as the car recycling industry itself is acutely aware, cars are complicated and potentially environmentally dangerous items – even more so with the advent of EVs.
Internationally, much of the public is still unaware that despite the challenges involved, cars can be effectively recycled, which is why we believe there is an urgent need for Global Car Recycling Day.
This new vital awareness day is driven by international car recycling organisation CarTakeBack. The company’s Business Development Manager, Alison Price, had this to say:
“Establishing responsible car recycling networks across the globe, after meeting the UK and EU’s tough environmental standards and 95% recycling rates, has revealed the pressing need for this world-wide campaign. While many countries love their cars, and are increasingly environmentally aware, at the end of a vehicle’s life the right choices are not always clear or indeed available.
Over the last decade, massive investment in industry-leading recycling techniques and facilities have been welcomed in countries where environmental awareness and regulations are high on the governments’ agenda. We’ve also been delighted to see innovation from many leading vehicle manufacturers, who we partner for car recycling, in the pursuit of circular economies. While these organisations make huge steps forward in sustainability, responsible car recycling across the world is vital to this work being truly achieved on a global scale.
To avoid environmental harm and to ensure the protection of sustainable car production into the future, it’s essential that car recycling regulations are improved internationally and the whole industry supported. The public can help to drive the necessary progress by demanding an environmentally responsible route for the disposal of their old car. We’re looking forward to raising awareness through Global Car Recycling Day and working with organisations and individuals worldwide to maximise its effect.”
To maintain the world’s most popular form of travel, while protecting our environment and supporting sustainable car production, it is now crucial for us all to raise awareness of the importance of responsible car recycling across the globe.
Use #GlobalCarRecyclingDay on June 20th to share the campaign, show your support and start the conversation.