BMW recycling: Sustainable solutions for end-of-life vehicles and manufacturing waste

Posted 20th February 2023

BMW recycling: Sustainable solutions for end-of-life vehicles and manufacturing waste

As one of the world’s most prominent automotive manufacturers, sustainability is a key focus for both the present and future of the BMW Group. The expansion of electric vehicle products across the BMW and MINI range is a prime example of this, however there are many other ways that the BMW Group are not only streamlining their production processes, but also reducing their environmental impact. 

Recycling is a huge part of the lifecycle of a BMW or MINI vehicle. From its initial creation to the end of its life, recycling takes place. BMW’s recycling process begins within the design and production phases. New vehicles are designed with recycling in mind; particularly how recycled products can be used within a new vehicle’s production. A wide range of recyclable materials are utilised - from aluminium and high-strength steel to plastics used in seat upholstery and other areas. BMW has been using recycled materials in its cars since the 1990s, with over 30% of plastic used in new vehicles now being from a recycled origin. 

CO2 reduced Steel

Recycling also occurs during the manufacturing process itself. Waste such as metal shavings and excess paint are recycled and reused rather than being disposed of. Such eco-friendly production practices have no negative effects on the quality or appearance of new vehicles. This is part of the BMW Group’s large sustainability mission, which aims for total climate neutrality by 2050.

Sustainability and economic success go hand in hand at the BMW Group. As a premium manufacturer, we have the ambition to lead the way in the area of sustainability.

- Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG

At the end of a vehicle’s life, it can be taken to a BMW Recycling Centre. From here, recyclable parts can be extracted ready for use in future production. This includes significant parts such as tyres, batteries and catalytic converters. Hazardous fluids such as oil and coolant are also appropriately disposed of to avoid any contamination or accidental spillage. 

Recyclable parts are sorted based on what they’re made of as well as their condition. Many parts are melted down or ground up to create raw material that can be used to directly manufacture new parts. Some parts are also reconditioned rather than recycled - this includes engines and transmissions that have passed through thorough inspections to determine whether they are in suitable condition to do so. These are often then sold as spares, which not only reduces waste, but also serves as a cost-effective option for customers who need to repair their BMW or MINI. 

BMW i3

BMW recycling centres are located worldwide and contribute towards an impressive recycle rate of over 95% for end-of-life vehicles. This is the best possible destination for your BMW or MINI once its time has come to an end.

If you’re looking to drive a fantastic new car that has been built using sustainable production processes, you should certainly explore the BMW and MINI range. Those looking to reduce their environmental impact even further, can explore our fantastic stock of BMW and MINI electric vehicles. For any questions or further information, please get in touch and our team would be happy to help.

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