Chrysler Tests Automobile Recycling Process

Detroit -- The Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler AG is experimenting with a process developed by Salt Lake City-based Recovery Plastics International that would separate the different types of plastic found in automotive shredder residue to divert it from landfills.

Chrysler estimates a cost savings of $10 per vehicle to $20 per vehicle to recover the recycled plastic and turn it into new vehicle parts. So far, the process has been able to separate 8 of the 25 varieties of plastic found in automobiles.

This is the second phase of the Chrysler Group's Concepts for Advanced Recycling and Environmental Car demonstration program -- the first phase demonstrated the ability to use recycled plastic parts.