The Auto Recycling industry has come a long way. In an environmentally aware age, no industry contributes more to keeping hazardous materials out of landfills and reusing parts that take an abundance of energy and resources to make. The automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world today. In fact, 95 percent of retired autos are processed for recycling each year. Thanks to advances in technology, everything from floor mats and instrument panels to upholstery, aluminum and steel can be recycled for use in a new automobile or another consumer product.
Recyclers provide you, the consumer, with low-cost, high-quality used auto parts using modern business practices and very strict environmental regulations. They are reducing insurance rates, your repair bills and an astounding amount of pollution. Recyclers purchase "end-of-life" and accident automobiles and ensure that they are dismantled and retired in a way that protects the environment.
Each vehicle that is purchased by an auto recycler goes through a rigorous process designed to maximize the amount of material that can be reclaimed and to minimize the environmental impact. The vehicle that you are driving today will be a source of numerous recyclable materials tomorrow. Vehicle parts offer recycling opportunities for materials such as steel, aluminum, plastics, antifreeze, and batteries, as well as whole parts such as tires, seats, engines, and alternators. Below you will find some information from the Automotive Recyclers Association of Canada's website, a great resource for learning more about the industry.
At Prince George Auto Wrecking Ltd, we understand that oil, gas, and operating fluids pose a significant risk to the environment. Trained technicians carefully drain all the fluids and store them for reuse or recycling. Special equipment and methods are used in order to prevent any groundwater contamination. An average of 40 litres of fluids is removed from each vehicle and is used, re-used or responsibly disposed of. Gas tanks, batteries and tires are all removed and are recycled, reused or disposed of appropriately.
Each vehicle is inspected to determine which parts are appropriate for reuse. The VIN number and mileage of the vehicle, along with the make, model and year, are recorded in order to provide accurate inventory data.
The vehicle is then sent to the dismantling area where parts are removed, inspected and readied for resale. Each part is tagged, coded and entered into a computerized inventory system before it is properly stored.
The unusable portion of the vehicle is then crushed and sent to be shredded into fist-sized pieces for recovery. The valuable ferrous and non-ferrous metals are then separated and reused to make new cars and other products you buy... and the cycle starts again.
Car batteries are extremely hazardous to the environment, and when not recycled, correcting the results can be disastrous.
Most people are familiar with the presence of sulfuric acid. When recycled correctly, the acid can actually be cleaned and reused in a new battery or other useful products, keeping that acid out of landfills and reducing the production of this harmful material.
Lead is another compound found in batteries that can be salvaged and reused. The average battery contains up to 21 pounds of lead.
Plastic is also used and recycled from the battery, although it is not typically used in a battery again.