Benefits of Car Recycling

America ranks second place globally, just behind China, for the number of vehicles with over 265 million passenger vehicles on the road at any given time. That number has grown steadily on an annual basis since 1960 and shows no signs of slowing. Fortunately, few complete vehicles ever find their way a to landfill. The same can’t be said, however, for various car parts. The U.S. car industry’s biggest secret is reclaiming and reusing their materials, hence, almost 100% of scrapped vehicles nationwide are recycled. And yet, only 86% all materials are actually recovered due, in large part, to the fact that many consumers simply have no clue about the true benefits of
car recycling. So before tossing out another filter, part, or tire, consider what you’re actually leaving behind.

Benefits of Car Recycling


Recycling of Auto Parts Reduces Landfill Waste


Few people think about their previous car tires after they trade in their vehicles. But those are rarely recycled regardless of the fact that car manufacturers and EPA officials alike encourage owners to do so. A mound of tires takes up a huge amount of landfill space, and it takes a single tire 50 to 80 years to decompose on its own. Engine blocks take 500 years to decompose. Glass, on the other hand, never decomposes. So consider that before tossing it in the trash or leaving your car to “rot”.



Recycling Car Parts Saves Natural Resources


The entire shell of most passenger cars contains 60% worth of steel or some version of a steel-aluminum alloy, of which at least 25% has been previously recycled. That means up to 35% of your vehicle’s shell could potentially contain new steel which is mined. The mining process drains natural resources. In fact, a single ton of recycled steel conserves 120 pounds of limestone, 1400 pounds of coal, 2500 pounds of iron ore, and enough energy to power 20 million homes for an entire year.



Recycling Passenger Vehicles Helps Protect Wildlife


The act of mining and material creation not only eats into our remaining fossil fuels, it also disturbs and destroys the natural habitats of countless species that share the planet. Dust and metal absorption, continual soil erosion, radiation and poisoned waterways, and other environmental issues have caused or lead to the loss of thousands of previously thriving and recently endangered.



Auto Recycling Can Pad Your Wallet


Clunkers are underrated. It’s often easier to just give one away or scrap it for free than be bothered with it for a minute longer than necessary. But you might be missing out on far more than a little pocket change in the process of trying to make a speedy getaway. Scrap vehicles are virtual treasure troves to the right hunters; for example, old catalytic converters contain platinum. They can easily be scrapped for $20-$300 each.


Original Equipment Manufacturer prices on headlight and taillight assemblies range from $50-$400. And even an older engine that runs can still be worth $300. Batteries contain hidden copper, and the shell alone of a clunker can contain up to 3000 pounds of solid steel worth over $200 per ton. If healing the planet isn’t a strong enough lure to consider recycling those old workhorses, maybe earning $1500 or more per month is enough initiative to become a fan of car recycling.


Benefits of Car Recycling
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