Why ARN?

It is a major contrast: the past image of old cars dumped in a field, compared to today’s high-tech car recycling. In the Netherlands, we recycle over 98 per cent of the weight of end-of-life vehicles. These days, you could fit what is left of your old car in a shopping bag.

As an expert in the field of car recycling, ARN was there since the start of this development. Stricter environmental rules and technical innovations gave vehicle recycling a major impulse. ARN has mapped out the process and the chain and guides it. Together with the chain partners, ARN ensures that at least 95 per cent of vehicles are recycled and repurposed. ARN’s mission is to work with our partners to achieve a responsible and high standard of vehicle recycling.

Foundation of ARN

In the 90s, the environment and sustainability gained broad attention, in part due to the UN environment conference in Rio in 1992, which was attended by government leaders from across the globe. The call to better protect the environment and make production processes sustainable, led to numerous initiatives in the field of recycling.

In the Netherlands, four parties took the lead in 1995 when they founded ARN. Together, they represent the automotive industry: BOVAG, FOCWA, RAI Vereniging and Stiba. At that time, the four parties were already convinced of the importance of car recycling and decided to join forces.


Broad collaboration

From the very beginning, ARN looked for partners to tackle car recycling on a large scale. That led to numerous innovations in the processing. The environment used to have the reputation that it cost companies money, but in practice, it actually makes money. Just think of the sale of reusable parts that used to end up as waste. That also applies to many residual products that are now repurposed.

ARN now works together with over 300 companies in the car recycling chain. They are car dismantling companies, collection companies, processing firms and shredder companies. ARN supports individual businesses to further increase their sustainability. We help consumers and garage owners to dispose of their old cars responsibly. We assist authorities with the development of legislation and promote a level playing field.

Vision focused on the future

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ARN’s vision is future oriented. We believe that recycling cars contributes to the circular economy, where there is no damage to the natural or living environment. That is going further by the day. What we can’t do now, will be possible later.

We are guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. ARN has selected five main goals from those, which prioritise ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns. ARN’s collaborations with a variety of partners, is in line with the UN goals.

ARN strives to make recycling processes as sustainable as possible, with the lowest possible CO2 emissions. At the same time, we choose efficient processes to keep costs low. In order to develop new applications, ARN works together with research institutes and educational institutions.

Legislation in the Netherlands and Europe

ARN responds to constantly changing legislation, from the EU as well as the Netherlands. We consult with the partners about this. As such, the regulations in the National Waste Management Plan LAP3 increase the importance of high standards of separation. Shredder companies respond to that by investing in innovation.

In the Netherlands, European legislation is translated in the  Management of End-of-Life Vehicles Decree (Bba)  and the Battery Management Decree (Bbb). The Bba stipulates that at least 95 percent of the weight of vehicles must be recycled. The Bbb specialises in the processing of batteries. With the growth of electric cars, battery recycling is becoming an increasingly important point of interest for ARN.

With the expertise at ARN and the quality of the partner network, ARN can play a leading role in the Netherlands and beyond.

ARN gladly collaborates to achieve increasingly better car recycling. In doing so, we hope to achieve further innovations and new, valuable applications for recycling. This will enable car recycling to make an increasingly greater contribution to a future circular economy.