Subaru of Indiana
in Lafayette, Indiana, recycles 97% of their leftover steel, plastic,
wood, paper, glass, and other materials. The remaining 3% gets
shipped to Indianapolis to be incinerated. Paint sludge is dried
to a powder and shipped to a plastics manufacture to be mixed in with
other plastic compounds. Solvents used in the painting process
are cleaned, recovered, and reused.
Subaru also designs their vehicles
to be recycled easily. The can be easily dismantled and the parts are labeled and coded to make sorting
easier. Not only are the vehicles easy to recycle they are also
made up of recycled materials: plastic bottles are used in insulation,
plastic bumper waste are used for new bumpers, scraps from clothing
manufactures are used for base trim layers, paint sludge and discarded
paper are used in vibration-absorbing door panels.
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