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What happens to end-of-life vehicles (ELVs)?

Watch this video to find out what happens to ELVs collected in PSA Group dealerships

For more than 20 years, PSA Group has been collecting and processing end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) from its dealerships thanks to partnerships forged with ELV centres and shredding companies.
The centres decontaminate and dismantle ELVs with a view to reselling some of the parts. Shredding companies then extract the main materials (scrap, aluminium, copper, etc.) for resale on international markets.

The PSA Group has chosen these partners, on the one hand because ELV centres offer an opportunity to develop the used parts business, and on the other hand to leverage shredding companies’ expertise in sorting after shredding. These partnerships enable the PSA Group to meet the recovery rate objective set by the European Union, which defines three different ways of recovering ELVs: reusing parts, recycling raw materials and recovering energy. Under EU legislation, 95% of the vehicle’s mass must be recovered and at least 85% must be reused and recycled.   All Peugeot, Citroën and DS vehicles have been certified compliant with this requirement.

This approach and these partnerships ensure full ELV traceability.

Competitive and responsible at the same time? It’s possible!

Not only do these industrial partnerships ensure the achievement of the 95% recovery rate, they also foster the development of reuse, recycling and energy recovery processes. These processes are costeffective and represent an incentivising opportunity for dealerships to earn additional income, creating a virtuous cycle.
By collecting ELVs in this way, the Group’s retail network generated an extra €3.3 million in 2015 revenue in France. Its sole proprietary network (PSA Retail) accounted for €1.1 million of this amount. 

Between 2009 and 2015, this strategy saw more than 792,500 ELVs collected and processed from sales outlets in the Peugeot and Citroën dealer networks.

Designing in recyclability 

PSA Group vehicles are designed from the start with their recyclability in mind. Materials are selected according to increasingly strict criteria that are intended to foster the development of recovery and recycling processes.
To ensure that its vehicles are highly recyclable, the Group is committed to using materials that are suitable for recycling and reducing the variety of plastics that go into the product. These measures facilitate sorting after shredding and optimise the profitability of recovery processes.
In addition, the PSA Group assesses the impact of its innovations on the recyclability of its future vehicles. This allows it to identify at an early stage any actions to be taken with its suppliers and the players in the recycling sector.

You would like to recycle your ELV?

As a retail customer, you can return your ELV directly to a dealership that complies with the highest environmental standards. To help you find your nearest ELV centre, the PSA Group brands each have an interactive map of their partner centres in France which can be viewed on their websites:

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