Recycling for our environment
Because the environment is so important to us, we're increasing the efficiency of our recycling process by designing products from the start to be sustainable.
Opel's design for sustainability is a key element in our product responsibility. And aims to decrease the waste produced during vehicle production as well as at the end the vehicle's life. Opel's design for sustainability is part of our commitment to the environment and the preservation of precious material and energy resources.
Design for sustainability
Makes recycling so much easier
In terms of product development Opel's recycling strategy is based on two cornerstones:
- Design for sustainability
- Development and implementation of material cycles for vehicle production.
In comparison to virgin materials, recyclates must fulfil all the same technical requirements. Recyclate materials are preferred when the part price does not increase. Quality is never compromised. Our recycling team takes every effort to maintain high quality look and feel, mechanical and thermal durability, along with performance standards.
In fact, because our recycled materials are of such a high standard and quality, they can now be used for visible parts as well as hidden parts of Opel cars.
For your end of Life Opel
Pre-Treatment and Depollution
Post-Shredder Technology (PST)
Recycling / Recovery / Landfill
Recycle your Opel
As of 1 January 2007 all Opel cars can be returned by their owner to one of the Opel contract partners for vehicle take-back, at the end of its life. This is a free service, subject to certain conditions (please see below).
We want to make sure that your end-of-life vehicle is recycled in an environmentally friendly way. That's why we ensure that all our take-back locations fulfil the legal requirements of the ELV Regulations by having them certified by independent experts in accordance with the law. Each of our take-back partners, all processes and the documentation of all incoming and outgoing material streams will also be checked by our recycling experts.
Your end-of-life Opel is only applicable for our free take-back if:
- Essential parts or components are not missing
- The vehicle doesn't contain any non-automotive waste
- The vehicle has up to 9 seats or is a Light Commercial Van up to 3.5 tonnes
- The vehicle was finally registered in the EU
- The vehicle was registered less than one month in the EU
- The original vehicle papers have been handed over together with the vehicle
Hand back your end-of-life vehicle to our take-back partner and they'll give you a Certificate of Destruction (CoD), the paperwork you need to de-register your car. Now you can leave safe in the knowledge that your old car will be disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way.