Got a Junk Car? It Could Still Be Useable! Learn These Four Little-Known Facts About End-of-Life Vehicles
Do you have an old car that you really want to get rid of? Do you sometimes think: “I’ll never be able to sell it. No one will want it!” Do you think your car is just a piece of junk? What many Americans don’t realize is that among the 12 millions cars that are put out of commission every year, many are still usable in some way! Read on to learn our four little-known facts about end-of-life vehicles and how auto recycling can give them second and even third lives:
Fact #1: Recyclable Parts
Did you know that almost all — 75 percent to be exact — of your old, junk car can be recycled? More than 49 percent of the United State’s steel comes from just recycling the metal from cars. So when you donate your car to auto recycling, you’re keeping junk cars out of the junkyard and helping give new life to new cars, bridges, roads — everything that uses steel in its construction. The best part of donating an end-of-life vehicle to a trusted and licensed shredding facility is that you don’t have to do anything but donate it. The facility will come directly to you and pick up the non-working car or truck and remove it from your property. They will assess the recyclable parts — much of which are the metal in the car — and begin the process of taking the car apart in an environmentally-sound way that is good for the community around you.
Fact #2: Cut Pollution
When metals from old cars are recycled properly, it actually helps the environment. That’s something you can feel really proud about getting behind. Experts have found that water pollution can be reduced by nearly 80 percent and air pollution can be reduced by nearly 90 percent. When you think about the environmental impact that can have positive change on a deteriorating Earth, then recycling your junk car makes even more sense.
Fact #3: What About Hazardous Materials in My Car?
When you donate your car to auto recycling, it must be handled properly, by a facility that is authorized to handle hazardous materials within your car. These materials include liquids such as grease, oil and gas. In addition batteries and tires must be disposed of properly in order not to cause problems in landfills and other places where they sometimes are dumped. All the dangerous and toxic liquids and parts in your car are removed at an authorized facility ahead of the car being stripped of its metal parts.
Fact #4: Proper Shredding
You may be wondering what happens to your car when you donate it to auto recycling. You’ll need to do some research to make sure you are going to an authorized “shredder.” But essentially that is what will happen to your car. It is literally shredded, and all of the recyclable parts and metal are saved so that they can be used in other cars or turned into other uses. Every year, would you believe that a whopping 10 million tons of scrap metal — including steel and iron parts — are recovered from end-of-life vehicles throughout the United States?
Are you ready to donate your car to auto recycling? It’s truly one of the best things you can do for the environment — as long as you are working with a trusted and authorized shredding facility who are disposing of the materials in an environmentally-sound way. You’ll good knowing that you did something good for the global community — and you’ll feel at peace knowing that your car that was literally going nowhere is now going on to live a new life in some part of the world where it can be of great use. The most important part of an end-of-life car is it’s metal — which remains strong and durable for decades after a car no longer runs — and can be used in a variety of other projects. Consider donating your end-of-life vehicle to a good cause like auto-recycling today!