Auto recycling can be a lucrative business – for the people involved and for the earth. Recycling is on the rise as more and more people put in the effort to care for the planet. Whether you want to recycle a car for money or the green movement, the process is the same. When you’ve learned how to recycle a car and get in the rhythm of doing so, you may start profit.
Dispose of Fluids
To start, recycling a car requires all fluids to be drained from the vehicle. Taking apart a vehicle can cause sparks that will not react well with flammable fluids. Not only is engine fluid a fire hazard throughout the process, but it is also dangerous to inhale the fumes. The proper disposal of fluids makes recycling the car a faster process and safer for the environment. Always rid the vehicle of fluids before any other recycling step!
Take Off Good Parts
Many parts on a vehicle up for recycling are still suitable for use. Strip the car of all reusable parts to save the recycler time and you some money – whether that’s an alternator, radiator, rear bumper, or a different component. The working parts can be sold or personally used in a vehicle in need. Many junkyards will take the usable parts off your hands to sell to customers that purchase junkyard cars. Selling these parts can easily earn you some extra cash and save manufacturers from having to make even more – this is an environmental benefit!
Shred the Frame
Remove all other components before a recycling organization shreds what’s left of the vehicle. The frame is separated into ferrous and non-ferrous (iron and non-iron) metals using magnets within the shredder. These metals are separated because ferrous and non-ferrous metals serve different purposes within a vehicle. Separating them now makes for a more straightforward manufacturing process.
Combine Metals and Deliver to Manufacturer
Scrap metal is then combined with other metals and brought to a manufacturer for reuse. The metals are combined to make them stronger, and a manufacturer often uses scraps from vehicles to create new cars. Recycling cars in this way does not only benefit the environment or the person that did the recycling, but also the manufacturer. Purchasing scrap metal is more affordable than new metal, resulting in lower manufacturing costs.
Recycle Your Own Car
Whether you plan to strip down your old car on your own or sell it to someone else to perform the recycling process, there are many benefits. You can make money off the sale, help to lower emissions in the atmosphere and keep car prices lower than they could be. If you are considering recycling your old car, it could be advantageous to you and others.