When the time comes to decommission your Volkswagen, up to 95% of it can be recycled and re-used by certified recycling companies. Discover more about the process and how we can recycle your Volkswagen for free (terms apply).
Recycling starts when we develop the car. At Volkswagen, we put sustainability at the forefront of our end-of-life vehicle process chain.
To guarantee that as much of your vehicle can be recycled as possible, we:
All Volkswagen models use recycled materials. For example, we use the following recycled materials in various components of the Polo:
If it’s time to recycle your Volkswagen, all you need to do is call 0800 542 2002 or visit www.rewardingrecycling.co.uk to arrange collection or to deliver it to one of our many return centres.
From here it will be recycled for you, free of charge (terms and conditions apply).
There are five steps to the end-of-life process:
Once you’ve returned your vehicle to us it will then be prepared for recycling. Components or fluids that have been removed are collected separately to be re-used, recycled or re-purposed. This includes the following:
Before we press the vehicle, a variety of components are removed and immediately placed into the recycling circuit. We remove the following components:
The car is then pressed and the remaining pre-treated body is broken down into fist-sized pieces in a shredder. This allows the body to be separated into several material groups using a variety of techniques, including:
Re-usable scrap metal accounts for 75% of the entire vehicle. There are three categories of scrap at this stage:
The light fraction shredder scrap and non-metal elements of the heavy fraction shredder scrap contain valuable organic materials. In post-shredder processes, residues are reduced even further and separated from one another, allowing them to be re-used. The reusable materials extracted during this phase are:
As a producer of batteries we are required to be registered with the Government as part of an EU-wide initiative to increase battery recycling and never use landfill or incineration to dispose of them. Volkswagen Group UK Ltd. is registered as a Producer of Batteries under Registration Number BPRN00504 and manage our obligations in partnership with Clarity Environmental.
As a producer of industrial batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, Volkswagen produce NiMH, Li-Ion and lead-acid industrial batteries. We are obliged to take back free of charge, waste industrial batteries supplied to an end user for treatment and recycling. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new industrial batteries on the market. If any of our customers or in certain cases other end users, require us to take back Industrial batteries, they should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will agree the necessary arrangements for the return, proper treatment and recycling of the waste industrial batteries.
As a producer of automotive batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, we Volkswagen are obliged to collect, free of charge and within a reasonable time, waste automotive batteries for treatment and recycling from final holders e.g. garages, scrap yards, end-of-life vehicle Authorised Treatment Facilities, Civic Amenity Sites, etc. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new automotive batteries on the market.
If you require us to take back any automotive batteries, please contact us at email@example.com . We will agree the necessary arrangements for the collection, proper treatment and recycling of the waste automotive batteries.