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Nissan plans to use shredder residues

Archiv – Nissan Motor Co. Ltd of Japan will begin recycling automotive shredder residue (ASR) this autumn at its Oppama Plant in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and will rebuild part of its waste incinerator for the purpose. According to the company, this will represent the first occasion on which a car manufacturer has used existing incineration facilities at one of its own plants to process ASR.Nissan Motor Co. Ltd of Japan will begin recycling automotive shredder residue (ASR) this autumn at its Oppama Plant in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and will rebuild part of its waste incinerator for the purpose. According to the company, this will represent the first occasion on which a car manufacturer has used existing incineration facilities at one of its own plants to process ASR.
Japan’s Automotive Recycling Law, which comes into effect in the second half of 2004, will require car makers to recycle ASR either on their own or through an outside recycling firm. According to Nissan, the company will continue to outsource ASR processing to an existing recycling company, while the processing of ASR at its own facilities will also allow it to obtain data for analysis. This information will be used to improve understanding of ASR processing, which could ultimately lead to reduced costs and improved design of new vehicles.
Consisting primarily of plastics and rubber, the majority of ASR currently ends up in landfills. Nissan experimented with ASR recycling between 1997 and 1999 using a direct molten furnace, thereby resolving a number of the problems that arise in the shredder residue recycling process.
The technology and know-how to be adopted by Nissan could be applied at other waste incinerators, and the car manufacturer is working towards sharing its expertise.
The rebuilding of existing facilities is expected to require just 5% of the investment required to build new plants. According to Nissan, the vapour generated by the process will be used for heating in the paint process and elsewhere, thereby making the plant an energy conservation leader.

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