THE NUMBER of recycled cars grew by a half last year compared with 2006.
In total, 28,026 cars were disposed of in 2007. The number of old vehicles submitted for professional disposal has grown steadily recently, especially after a law was passed that a car cannot be deregistered without certification that it was recycled, the ČTK newswire wrote.
"The total number of disposals is probably slightly higher, as the statistics only cover cars registered in Slovakia," Dagmar Draškovičová from the Recycling Fund said.
In 2004, 723 old vehicles were recycled; 3,922 cars were disposed of in 2005; and 19,5446 were submitted for recycling in 2006. This number is expected to rise to 35,000 by 2010, according to Juraj Dlhopolček, chairman of the administrative council of the Recycling Fund.
Last year, more than 83,000 new cars and trucks and more than 87,677 imported vehicles were registered with the Transport Inspectorate. Therefore, Dlhopolček thinks it will be necessary to enhance the capacities for processing and liquidating old cars in the future.
"As the number of older vehicles eliminated from the register increases so do the need for scrap- and processing facilities," Dlhopolček said.
Recycling plants can process about 70 percent of an old vehicle, but face challenges with processing glass and plastic parts, he said.
The biggest processing facilities for old cars include Kovod Recycling in Banská Bystrica, ŽP Eko Qelet and Bratislava-based Auto-AZ.
In last five years, the Recycling Fund has invested Sk500 million in processing and recycling cars.
3. Mar 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports