Wrecked Black SUVThough it’s not always obvious, recycling cars produces significant benefits for the community, and that brings auto recycling to the fore. Auto recycling is a responsible way to remove unwanted cars from the road and reuse parts (such as used coolant recovery bottles) and recycle valuable metal in the manufacture of new cars. In the article, “ARA States the Facts on Automotive Recycling”, the Automotive Recyclers Association sets the record straight.

Benefits Industry

First, the ARA points out that the car industry production is actually enhanced by recycling. By removing parts and recycling the frame and body, it’s clear that the recycled metal reduces many steps in the production of new cars, but did you know that eliminating these steps saves millions of barrels of motor oil? Recycling pays big dividends during production. According to the ARA, 85 million barrels of motor oil are saved.

Furthermore, the ARA puts the number of dollars in revenue generated by auto recycling at $22 billion. The industry employs 100,000 people and has an annual payroll of $3.3 billion. That’s good news for people looking for a job or for decision-makers wanting to see job creation in the marketplace. Auto recycling proves that green jobs can take the place of traditional manufacturing jobs lost in the American economy. When looking to the future for job expansion, this looks like a logical place.

Recycling is a Small Business

If you believe small is better, the ARA also points out that a recycling company on average employs ten people. All this work is not done by squirrels. Tens of thousands of new employees in great paying jobs recycle cars and parts (such as used anti-lock brake parts), and they do it in small shops. Many of these mom-and-pop shops occupy space on every Main Street in the USA. The ARA article brings home this important feature of recycling.

By removing the parts from the frame and body, auto recyclers also provide the market with much cheaper parts and cleans up and disposes of toxic substances found in parts, like mercury in on-off switches. That means consumers pay less for parts (such as a used front axel assembly), and recyclers spare the environment. That’s the complete opposite of the perception of auto recyclers as irresponsible, ignorant or flagrant polluters.

Valuable In-Shop Training for Medical Responders

In-shop training for medical professionals only makes the ARA’s argument for recyclers all the more compelling. These recycling shops are good neighbors, providing much-needed training for people who often are the fist on the scene of an accident. With new knowledge about freeing victims trapped in wrecked cars, they save lives. These facts are hard to forget after you’ve read the ARA article, and you may be walking around with them in your head for a long time.