"Recycling-oriented design" means designing products from the start to be recyclable, increasing the efficiency of the recycling process.
Chevrolet's recycling-oriented design strategy is an important element of our product responsibility. Our objective is to conserve precious material and energy resources by reducing waste:
This strategy rests on two principles:
All Chevrolet design teams are required to follow "recyclability/recoverability" guidelines during a vehicle's development phase. We aim to support both Chevrolet engineers and suppliers to:
Chevrolet uses recycled materials which are also known as "recyclates" wherever technically feasible and economically viable.
Our recycling team takes every effort to maintain:
Quality is never compromised – The comparable quality of recycled and new materials is so good that they are no longer being restricted to 'hidden parts'. They are used for many visible parts as well.
The chart below shows how recycling oriented design fits into the overall cycle. Recycling-oriented design forms a key part of our overall integrated product responsibility.