Ford Claims New Explorer Is 85% Recyclable; Isn’t Every Car?


We (the royal we) have been asking car companies for electric vehicles and alternatives to gasoline for decades, though rarely in resounding force. Finally though, the message has gotten through. A lot more goes into a car than gas though; the production process is labor and material intensive, and many of the plastics and other materials use large quantities of  hazardous chemicals. That said, cars have a high recycling rate, and many are made from the same metal and other materials that has been in use for decades now.

Which is why a press release from Ford touting the new 2011 Explorer's high recyclable rate. Sure an 85% recyclable rate is impressive, but the industry-wide average is already 80%. So I ask you; will we ever see 100% recyclable cars?

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