In 2003 Ford began the Core Recovery Program a recycling and remanufacturing effort that should not be confused with Lewis & Clark’s “Corps of Discovery.” The Corps probably did some recycling of their own but for them it was a matter of necessity and not dying until they had reached the Pacific Northwest.
Anyway back to Ford: Since its creation the Core Recovery Program has diverted approximately 120 million pounds of damaged vehicle parts from landfills and junkyards.
“Most parts that come back to us through the program still have a lot of life left," said Kim Goering, the manager of Ford's remanufacturing and recycling programs. "That makes a strong business case to do whatever we can to extend the life of these components. Even more important, however, is that Ford strongly believes it's just the right thing to do from an environmental perspective."
Ford says more than 85 percent of each of their vehicles today is recyclable.