By recycling, we mean doing something with the whole dang bike – and as usual, Sweden’s beaten everyone to the punch.
The repurposing giant has 80-100% of the scrapped motorcycle disassembled, with certain components resold to clients, “while the rest are recycled within current recycling guidelines for plastics, liquids and metal.”
According to a report from VisorDown, the European Commission could end up tackling at least a few of those techniques in their upcoming End-of-Life Vehicles Directive, should they decide to include motorcycles.
There’s a catch, though; with the new directive would come tighter laws on how you can get rid of your bike – a change that SMC and FEMA are worried might discourage people from recycling altogether.
Let the rider take apart their bike on their own terms…and exclude “historical motorcycles and those which are of value to collectors or are intended for museums.”
“FEMA wants the EU Commission to consider ensuring ‘that the possibility of controlled in-house demolition remains possible,’…‘either by including it in the Directive, or by allowing Member States to make their own rules and regulations for in-house demolition’,” states the report.
What do you think?
What current recycling laws are in place in your country, and how do you feel those rules can be improved?
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