What is Eco-Friendly Vehicle Recycling?

Everyone wants to put in the effort to reduce their carbon foot print. In fact the reason the phrase “carbon foot print” quickly became a part of our cultural lexicon is a result of a sense of urgency concerning the health of the planet and its inhabitants. The world’s climate is changing and what people do intensifies that change. Our cars a have a major impact on the environment and they make up a huge portion of our carbon foot print as a species. As a matter of fact vehicle pollution is the number one cause of pollution on our planet. This is because of the pollution vehicles expel and the gas we use to fill them, as well as the pollution created as a result of their construction, but what we often don’t consider is the damage caused by their destruction. Proper scrap car disposal is essential if we want to decrease our carbon footprint.

Trash in general hurts the environment and reducing the amount that we produce is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of junk in every landfill or junkyard and consequently our impact on the environment. This is why rather than junking their cars, smart people are choosing to recycle their vehicles and use the materials generated for manufacturing and green projects. Of course we aren’t all experts when it comes to junking cars so it’s often the best to sell them for cash to scrap car services companies in Canada, where they know what they are doing in regards to recycling. Canada is becoming a leader in eco-friendliness and many companies like Scrap Car Removal Toronto, and others alike are implementing eco friendly methods to help decrease our carbon footprint and help make our country a better place to live. But there are a lot of scrap car service providers to choose from which do not engage in eco-friendly scrap car recycling practices and if you want your vehicles to be scrapped in an eco-friendly manner, it’s worth doing some research into how it’s done and what you should expect.

Recycling’s impact on the environment and our landfills.

We all recycle at home and at work and the car service and repair industry is no different. Firms have been recycling since the 1940’s, using environmental recycling services when dealing with used oil, waste oil filters, spent antifreeze, waste solvents, and metals. These products are recycled and kept out of landfills, reducing the entire car servicing and production industries environmental impact.

The problem of oil.

Oil is the dirtiest thing in your car, the very antithesis of being eco-friendly. Reducing oil consumption is something that conservationist strive towards and when it comes to scrap car recycling, technicians take certain steps to ensure that the gallons of oil coating the insides of your vehicle won’t lead to any further pollution. The fact is that the so-called after-market automotive industry has been practicing green oil recycling techniques for some time now. Those in the car scrapping and automotive industry typically refine oil into other types of fuel or use it as a raw material. For example, a gallon of refuse motor oil can make crude oil and quarts of lube oil.

Recycling batteries

The waste from batteries can be potentially lethal to plants, pests, and wildlife in Canada if disposed of improperly. In order to combat this, the Canadian government and other governmental bodies, have levied heavy fines onto people and companies found dumping batteries improperly. Another reason for the prominence of recycling batteries is the fact that over 60 million automotive batteries are estimated to have been recycled into over 635 million kilograms of lead. Even with the advent modern hybrid cars, classic batteries are still in use, so it’s important that we do our best to remove these specific types of batteries from total amount of refuse as often as we can. This is why some companies in Ontario in particular, have managed to recycle 100% of the batteries they take in. Never be embarrassed to ask your car recycling company how they recycle car batteries.

Taking care to recycle tires

Recycling tires is an essential part of the entire ecologically friendly junking process. Some estimate that around 300 million tires are put into scrap during any given year and the raw rubber generated is useful as a raw material. Also, the reclamation of rubber waste supports the environment. Some of the most common uses of repurposed tire rubber include being a constituent component in road asphalt, and in some cases in the construction of playgrounds and recreational areas for kindergartens, elementary schools and even high schools. One of the most significant innovations in the reclamation of rubber tires include a new de-vulcanization process that helps to convert vulcanized tires into valuable raw materials.

Wheel weights

These are some particularly intricate parts technicians work with when your car is being dismantled and re-purposed. These components are precisely calibrated and meaning that they are often processed differently as early on in automotive history they were lead. Most of us cannot tell the differences between the wheel weight and the rest of the vehicle, but green techs know how to deal with these weights. Thankfully many of these wheel weights are made without lead and they can be broken down and used for industrial purposes. Now we have the technology required to process the more modern components of lead free wheel weights outfitted with more recyclable materials.

Disposing of anti-freeze

Everyone knows the potential dangers to pets and children that anti-freeze can pose, as it has a sweet smell and taste and is highly lethal when ingested. This is why when eco-friendly scrap car removal companies are removing this liquid from the engine, they take special precautions in its disposal. Explaining why the improper dumping of anti-freeze is illegal, along with lead chromium and cadmium. This concoction has been labeled as toxic waste, but thankfully it can successfully be recycled. Recycled antifreeze is often much less expensive than the store bought anti-freeze creating a net benefit in its removal from junked cars and its repurposing.

Making metal work for you

This is the major portion of the recycling process, the scrapping of metal. Essentially the process of “recycling” metal is melting down chunks of the car into raw blocks of metal that can be made into all sorts of things like brake rotors and engine fans. The metals that are typically being recycled in your car include steel, iron, and aluminum. Recycling a ton of aluminum can save an equal amount of electricity equal to what is used in the average home over the course of a whole year.

Now that you know how important it is to dispose of vehicles in an eco-friendly manner, we hope that you can make better decisions in disposing your vehicle in a way that will benefit not only you but also our environment.