process of recycling a car

Learn whats happens during the process of recycling a car and the benefits it has on the enviroment and resources.

Recycling is a verb that you hear everyday.  It’s something that almost all companies, people, and states try to do because of it’s well-known, positive environmental impact.  While everyone understands what recycling is, not all people are aware what the most recyceled consumer product in the world is. Household goods, like paper products, cans and plastic bottles would probably be most people’s guess, but none of these products are the correct answer. In fact your vehicle is the highest recycled consumer product in the United States, with over 12 million cars recycled each year JUST in the U.S alone. So what does that mean to you? There is no blue bin you can throw your car into to have it recycled. The process of recycling a car may be more intersting then you think and its benefits might suprise you.

This means that the old junk car sitting in your driveway or in your yard still has some value. So how do you go about turning that hunk of junk into recyclable material? By selling it to licensed car scrappers and recyclers in your area.   If you want to learn more about the specific process as to how these scrap yards actually recover thousands of pounds of steel a day, check out the video below and see how our good friends at A & P Auto Parts start the process of recycling a car!

If you thought that 12 million recycled cars each year was a huge amount, over 18 million tons of steel are made from these recycled vehicles every year.  These recycled cars allow hundreds of steel manufacturing companies to be able to use recycled steel because steel has a remarkable ability maintain its integrity through the recycling process and can be reused and repurposed rather easily. A subsatntial amount of energy and resources are also saved by using recycled scrap metal when compared to mining and processing of raw materials including a reduction in the use of coal, iron ore and limestone.

Another item of particular value and usefulness from a recycling perspective are tires. Over 246 million scrap tires were generated in the U.S. in 2015. Imagine all those tires going into our landfills? This shows just how necessary it is to recycle tires because of the environmental impact they pose to the world if they’re not disposed of in the right way.  The great thing about a tire is that it can be recycled into many different useful things like civil engineering materials, fuel, ground rubber (like athletic track material and playground titles) and, in somewhat of a holistic way, used to make the very roadways they once rode on.

Recycling cars clearly has very positive and practical effects that would benefit everyone’s life in some way.  Whether it be construction materials, flooring, fuel, and large structural material, all of these items that recycled cars can make, will benefit your life in positive ways!

Have an old junk car you think is destined for the recycling stream? Click Here to start the process and get money for that car in the process. To learn more about the benefits of recycling your vehicle, check out our blog post on the subject here.

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