A mountain road – VW Recycling for sustainability

Recycling and return at Volkswagen

Certified recycling companies will make sure that 95% of your car is recycled and recovered

Certified recycling companies will make sure that 95% of your car is recycled and recovered

Is your Volkswagen about to reach its final decommissioning? As a manufacturer, we are aware of our responsibilities and will take back our products once they have reached the end of their service life. Learn more about the recycling process here as well as the legal conditions for a free-of-charge return of end-of-life vehicles, batteries, and waste electrical and electronic equipment.

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Recycling-oriented construction

Sustainability is an integral part of our entire process chain, impacting a vehicle's product planning, production and recycling. The measures contribute to environmental preservation, for example, by helping conserve resources.

Measures implemented during vehicle development

As early as the development stage of your new Volkswagen, measures are taken to ensure that the vehicle can be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner once it reaches the end of its service life.

Recycled materials at Volkswagen

Our goal is to reduce our consumption of new raw materials. To this end, we use recycled materials when manufacturing our vehicles, e.g. plastic recycled materials that are made of waste or scrap material from production. They make up a small part of the new vehicle.

Consistent quality

Whether they are new products or recycled materials, all of our components meet our high standards. We only use high-quality recycled materials which are subject to rigorous testing before being deployed.

Our plastic recycled materials using the example of two models
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Golf 8

We will explain the use of plastic recycled materials on and in the Golf 8.



Find out here where plastic recycled materials are used in the ID.4 and what proportion they constitute.

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End-of-Life Vehicle Service

Simple and free of charge

Is it time for your Volkswagen to be recycled and re-used? Just bring it to one of our many return centres. It will be recycled for you, free of charge, under the applicable legal conditions.

The recycling process

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Return and recycling of batteries

Batteries do not belong in household waste. Learn here about what to do with end-of-life batteries.

Return and recycling of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment

We will gladly inform you about your rights and duties when disposing of old electrical or electronic devices.

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