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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:17 AM

An alternative to the rusty boneyard: Is it possible to recycle the behemoths of transport? [View all]

How do you recycle planes, trains and space shuttles? We live in a throwaway society: we want new cars, new computers, new clothes. Like us, airlines and shipping companies want huge new pieces of kit. Often their purchases are justified on environmental grounds new ships and planes are more energy efficient.

Boeing boasts that its Dreamliner "uses 20 per cent less fuel than today's similarly sized airplanes". But once you buy a new plane, train or ship, you need to get rid of the old one. The murky world of scrap, salvage and recycling is where many monster-sized machines end up when their working days are over.

Sometimes it's an ignominious end off to rot in the searing desert sun or to be cannibalised by ill-equipped workers on a Bangladeshi beach.

This hidden domain of waste and want is deliberately kept out of sight. It's troubling.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/an-alternative-to-the-rusty-boneyard-is-it-possible-to-recycle-the-behemoths-of-transport-8454623.html

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