DAF Trucks operates an active environmental policy.
All environmental aspects of processes, products and services of the company are managed through the certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.
In all activities the complete life cycle of the product is taken into account: from initial product development through to disposal.
For the disposal phase, the objective is to construct the vehicle of 90 percent recyclable components by weight.
Design for recycling is an integral part of product development.
The recyclability of materials used and their construction will be systematically investigated and evaluated for new or revised product (parts).
This also applies for re-use options and the use of secondary materials.
Recycling - in other words the re-use, recycling and energy recovery of materials - represents a key component of DAF Trucks' environmental policy.
This approach saves raw material and reduces the waste volume.
Clearly, trucks are mainly built out of metal parts and metal, by its very nature, is easy to recycle.
However, more and more plastics are being introduced into the commercial vehicle industry.
The majority of plastics can also be easily recycled, so long as a clear identification of the material type is provided.
All plastic parts used in the production plant are therefore issued with a separate material code, to identify the exact plastic type.
On the basis of this material code, service engineers of dealers and recycling companies will be able to sort and segregate plastic waste, ensuring suitability for reprocessing.
For ease of sorting, DAF Trucks has prepared an inventory of plastic parts introduced in its vehicles and has listed them in Guides for Sorting Plastic Parts.
In order to assist in the identification of all parts, each plastic type in these guides has been issued its own unique colour code.
As a result, it is no longer necessary to check each individual part for material codes.