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What does "Designed for recycling" mean?

MINI developers aim to ensure that the environmental effects caused by the MINI are kept to a minimum throughout its entire lifespan.

Efficient, environmentally friendly recycling begins during the development and production stage of every MINI.

During the development phase, constructors assess all components with regard to their recycling potential and make a note of this on the component sketches.

Recycling concepts are devised for large components (e.g. the bumper trim or the cockpit).

Carefully selected materials reduce the product mix, thus avoiding the use of non-recyclable substances.
Suitable joining techniques guarantee pure separation of the components during dismantling.

""Life Cycle Assessment"" case studies ensure systematic evaluation of the effects that components have on the environment.

Virtual and real-life dismantling analyses ensure that each MINI achieves the targets that have been set.

Findings obtained from the dismantling analyses are passed on in training courses and in detailed documents to all parties involved in the recycling process.

These measures guarantee the following for all MINI models:

All pyrotechnical components (e.g. airbags and seatbelt pretensioners) can be triggered via the same interface.

All liquids (e.g. oil, fuel, cooling liquids, brake fluids, air conditioning system refrigerants) can be removed quickly and completely via a spot drilling or drain plug.

Plastic components weighing more than 200 g are marked with the materials they are made of.

Large plastic components that are suitable for economical recycling can be dismantled quickly and easily.

The resources required can be minimised by using recyclates in manufacturing."

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