Why recycling cars are important?
The auto recycling industry is one of the largest industries in Canada. Each year about 95% of vehicles retired from roadways are recycled. Almost 14 million tons of metal such as steel and aluminum are gathered from old and scrap cars. This has a huge positive impact on the environment. Recycled scrap cars are a valuable source of different kinds of metals. This scrap metal can be converted to various tools, objects, and also raw materials which are used in many industries.
Which parts are more important?
The most recyclable parts are engine, transmission parts, catalytic convertors, and aluminum wheels that can be recycled and used in many industries as raw materials. Tires that can be used on roadways and pavement bases. Windshield glasses can be used in tile flooring, porcelain, countertops, and even the jewelry industry. Batteries which is used to produce new ones.
How Scrap Yards Recycle a car?
First of all, car recyclers check your car to see if it is more valuable to repair than to recycle the car. If the repairing costs more than the value of the car, the recycling facility proceeds to recycle the car. Most of the cars that are sent to scrap yards will be recycled and dismantled, as they are either too old or seriously damaged. When you send your car to a scrapyard at end of its life cycle, it goes through below different steps in order to be recycled.
Step 1, Draining hazardous fluids and dismantling parts:
The fluids and reusable parts are removed. Auto recycler drains and removes all fluids such as gas, oil, antifreeze, brake lubricants, and transmission fluids. They separate these hazardous materials and dispose of them safely. Some fluids may be reused and recycled but most of them will be disposed of.
Step 2, Resell usable items:
Some auto parts are reusable and can be used to repair and save other cars. The recycling facility may sell parts like wheels and tires, steering columns, fenders, radios, engines, starters, transmissions, catalytic converters, and other components, based on aftermarket demand.
Step 3, Crushing and shredding:
Once all the reusable parts were removed except metals such as iron and steel, the car body is crushed to a more manageable size before being sent to the shredder. Then the shredder tears the crushed vehicle into small pieces.