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RECYCLING

  • SETTING UP CIRCULAR ECONOMY CLOSED-LOOP SYSTEMS
  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RIGHT FROM THE START
  • USING RECYCLED MATERIALS
  • RECYCLING AND ADDING VALUE TO VEHICLES
  • RECYCLE YOUR CITROËN
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SETTING UP CIRCULAR ECONOMY CLOSED-LOOP SYSTEMS

Our aim at Citroën is to fully recycle our vehicles at the end of their lives. We have therefore put a vehicle life cycle analysis procedure in place where we measure vehicles’ total environmental impact from design all the way to destruction. Using this system also means we can evaluate the materials we use, and make better choices for future cars.

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THE VEHICLE LIFE CYCLE

Development
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Selection of sustainable materials
  • Production
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Active life
  • Waste management and disposal by approved repairers
  • Reuse and refurbishment of spare parts
  • Trade-in
  • Vehicle trade-in
  • Depollution and pre-processing
  • Compliance with the EU directive
  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RIGHT FROM THE START

    To make sure that all Citroën products can be properly recycled, our research and development teams follow recyclability and reuse processes. These are also used by suppliers, and help us to analyse vehicle parts and components in terms of their recyclability and potential for reuse.

    The conditions for sustainable design are:
  • A range of sustainable materials
  • Depollution as a design factor
  • Deconstruction as a design factor
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    USING RECYCLED MATERIALS

    A LONG-ESTABLISHED TRADITION

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    Recycled products have the same technical specifications as new ones. Their thermal and mechanical durability ensure high quality and high performance.

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    The extremely high quality of green materials means that they can now be used in Citroën vehicles for both hidden and visible parts.

    ECO-FRIENDLY MANAGEMENT OF END-OF-LIFE VEHICLES

    7 STEPS FOR RECYCLING A VEHICLE

    There has been a structure set up for the environmentally-friendly collection and processing of end-of-life vehicles (ELV) within the Citroën network for over 15 years. There are 7 stages to the recycling process.

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    Trade-in
    The last owner of an end-of-life vehicle takes it to an approved trade-in centre. The approved trade-in centre then checks the vehicle and issues the required Certificate of Destruction (CoD).

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    Pre-processing and depollution
    The battery and tyres are removed, and the airbags neutralised. Next, our partner removes any remaining fuel and other liquids from the vehicle: engine oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, and air conditioning coolant. This pollutant waste will then have 100% of its value reinstated in their specialist treatment facility.

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    Dismantling for re-use
    The next step consists of dismantling mechanic parts, bodywork, and electrical and electronic components. These will either be reused as used parts, or reconditioned. If it’s economically viable, materials such as plastic and glass are also salvaged for recycling at this point.

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    Storage
    Environmentally hazardous materials are recovered and sent to companies specialising in waste recycling or destruction.

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    Crushing
    The depolluted shells are sent to a crusher, where they are crushed and shredded into pieces only a few centimetres in size. These pieces are then sent through an initial magnetic sorting process to recover any ferrous metals (steel).

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    Post-crushing
    The remaining crushed material is sorted automatically, using physical properties (magnets, Eddy currents, flotation) to separate the different types of material fragments.

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    Recycling, recovery and landfill
    Once sorted, these material fragments are recycled (metals are sent to steelworks/metalworks, and certain plastics back to the plastics industry) or converted into energy (cement works, urban heating, power stations, etc.). This industrial process means that over 95% of a vehicle’s weight can be reused, recycled or upcycled, which greatly reduces the amount of final waste ultimately sent to specialist landfill sites.

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    RECYCLE YOUR CITROËN

    OUR TRADE-IN SCHEME FOR END-OF-LIFE VEHICLES

    Looking after the environment has always been a central focus for us. Now, end-of-life vehicle recycling has become a legal requirement. This means that owners of any end-of-life Citroën vehicles can trade them in for free, providing that they fulfil certain conditions (listed below). So we can make sure that your vehicle is recycled in the most environmentally-friendly way possible, we have commissioned a team of independent experts to check that vehicle returns are carried out correctly, and in compliance with current legislation. They also certify that our Partners fulfil all legal recycling requirements. This means that at each of their sites, all processes and documents relating to incoming and outgoing vehicles must comply with requirements set out by Citroën.
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    Where can you recycle your vehicle?

    If you have an end-of-life vehicle, take it to one of our approved recycling centres.

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