Status of recycling end-of-life vehicles and efforts to reduce automobile shredder residues in Korea

Hyun Tae Joung, Sung Jin Cho, Yong Chil Seo, Woo Hyun Kim

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

34 Citations (Scopus)


The present end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycle rate and management status during the dismantling stage were investigated to aid the establishment of policies for the management of ELVs by surveying information and using the results gained from questionnaires given to dismantlers. The average recycle rate at the dismantling stage was 44% of the mass of a new vehicle and the rest of the ELV was then compressed and transported to shredding companies to recover mainly the iron content, which averaged 38.7% of the mass of a new vehicle. Nonferrous metals such as copper, antimony, zinc, and aluminum accounted for only 1.5%. The automobile shredder residues (ASRs) were composed of light and heavy fluffs and soil/dust and amounted to 15.8% based on the mass of a new vehicle. The dumping of fluff and inorganic residues in landfill sites, however, will be restricted when new regulations are implemented to reduce the disposal amount to less than 5% of a new car, as has been done in European countries and in Japan. The detailed characteristics of ASR were investigated to suggest appropriate means of treatment such as volume reduction or the utilization of thermal technologies to meet future expected enforcement. Also, some concerns on hazardous pollutant release such as that of dioxins while utilizing such thermal treatment methods were considered. The present on-going research and development projects to meet such future management targets are also introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The development of ASR treatment technology was carried out by two Korean government funding organizations in 2006. One was funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the other was supported by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE). Such projects were initiated in 2000 and 2005. A summary of each project is shown in Tables 10 and 11.19

Funding Information:
ASR technology research funded by the Industrial Waste Recycling R&D Center under the Ministry of Science and Technology

Funding Information:
Projects funded by the Cleaner Production Technology Development Program under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This work was supported by the Project on Technology Development of Cleaner Production of Korea, and was partially sponsored by the BK 21 Project.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Mechanics of Materials

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Status of recycling end-of-life vehicles and efforts to reduce automobile shredder residues in Korea'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this