All combat vehicles, or even tanks, are made of many valuable materials that can easily be recycled at the end of the car’s life. Materials like metal and rubber from vehicles and tanks can be dismantled and easily reused for products like floor tiles, shoes and new cars.
For example, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) announced the results of several hundred Leopard-1 recycled main battle tanks.
On October 20, the NSPA announced that it had successfully completed the dismantling and disposal of 483 Leopard-1 main battle tanks with the 105mm cannon and had sales of $ 3.21 million.
For example, as determined by the NSPA, each Leopard 1A2 contained waste fuel and oil, lead-acid batteries, and 22 kg of asbestos.
More than 24 tons of iron / steel and non-ferrous metals were extracted from each tank and sold in the global scrap market. Ultimately, this project returned a total return of approximately $ 3.21 million, or $ 6,500 per tank, to the owner’s land (scrap sales minus disposal costs related to labor, hazardous materials handling, transportation, etc.).
The October media release states that this recycling project demonstrates the ability and value of the NSPA for the member states of the Demilitarization, Dismantling and Disposal Partnership (D3). NSPA can support the surplus offices of user nations by providing bespoke D3 expertise, strategic planning and actual execution through a global framework for contractors. This support is also available to non-member states.