End-of-life recycling has become a market requirement and an integral phase of a machine's life cycle, to reduce waste. Earth-moving machinery – Recyclability and recoverability – Terminology and calculation method, ISO 16714:2008, provides manufacturers with a much needed and internationally agreed tool.
This Standard helps manufacturers to evaluate the ability and potential of new machines to be recovered and/or recycled. Earth-moving machinery reaching the end of its useful life significantly contributes to the total volume of waste needing to be treated or disposed of. To ensure environmentally sound treatment of a machine and all its components when the time comes, it is essential that eventual recovery issues are already taken into account during the design phase, along with safety, emissions, fuel consumption, and other design considerations.