Currently, roughly 25% of a new car ends up in a landfill at the end of its useful life, while the rest is recycled or simply degrades to the point that it's no longer useful. The EU the folks who brought you the "Gr ne Punkte" have upped that figure by a mandatory 20%, requiring vehicles to be made of 95% reusable materials in ten years. The new Mercedes S Class already conforms to this standard, and while the new regulations have a sno-cone's chance in Dubai's chance of passing here especially under the current administration the very nature of the global automobile business ensures that we'll see more highly-recyclable vehicles in America as well.
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