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The Environmental Impact of Recycling your Car

Did you know that recycling auto parts diverts dangerous items and materials from landfills? Seems simple, but most people don’t know what can actually be recycled in order to make a difference.

Here are 4 of the top things that you can recycle from your vehicle to make an environmental impact.

 

1.) Catalytic Converters

Catalytic converters are devices incorporated in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle, containing a catalyst for converting pollutant gases into less harmful ones. They’re made using some of the most precious materials on earth, including platinum and palladium, as well as copper, nickel, cerium, iron and manganese. By recycling materials like this, you can reduce the need for mining, which uses even more of the earth’s precious resources. Mining requires a lot of energy and produces even more greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s important to recycle as much as we can.

 

2) Wiring Harnesses

Copper is one of the most in-demand natural resources, and the demand is only growing. Copper is used throughout the auto industry for wiring, and large amounts of copper are used in the wiring for hybrid vehicles, which are becoming more popular. The value of copper is incredibly high, and this demand means that recycling your car’s wiring can help us keep copper out of landfills and recycle it for reuse.

 

3) Engine Blocks & Transmissions

Aluminum is used in your car’s engine blocks and transmissions because it’s a fast, safe and cost-effective way to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions. Aluminum is also highly recyclable – up to 90% of the aluminum in your car can be recycled. Recycling just one ton of aluminum can save the energy equivalent of up to 21 barrels of oil.

 

4) Body & Frame

Up to 85% of your car can be recycled, and a large part of that is your car’s body and frame. We recycle your car’s body and frame to use it for scrap metal – that is, metal that can be re-fabricated and turned into a new item. This reduces the need for producing more metals, and reduces the amount of energy needed to produce new car parts and other items.

By understanding the ways you can recycle your car, you can help reduce the amount of metals that end up in landfills, reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the amount of energy needed to mine and produce metals. 

Manville’s mission is to preserve our future by recycling today. We believe that everyone benefits from recycling. When you recycle your parts with us, you contribute to the well being of our planet, 

 

Can You Recycle Rusted Metals?

Do you have old car components that have been sitting outside for a while? Perhaps you have old, worn-down fencing or piping? In any case, you likely have a large heap of rusted out scrap metal on your hands.

So if you’re asking yourself – can rusted metal be recycled? The answer is generally “yes”.

Rust is a common name for a chemical compound known as iron oxide. This compound forms when iron reacts with water and oxygen, presenting itself as a rough, orange-red substance.

Rust can be removed from metal using household products like lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar and steel wool, or you can purchase chemicals to remove it. You can also coat metals ahead of time to prevent rusting.

If rust is left untreated, it can corrode through all the metal in your products and create holes, which will weaken the strength of these products. You probably wouldn’t want to sit in a chair or ride a bike with holes in the frame.

 

Rust and Recycling

When iron is first extracted from the earth, it is in an oxidized form known as ore. The smelting process involves breaking any bonds created by oxygen and iron so it can be refined into metals like steel. To recycle rusted metal, you need to remove the oxygen again.

In the recycling process for steel, the material is shredded and then melted to create new sheets of metal. If the rust is simply melted, it will re-form once the metal cools. That’s why the recycling process also includes purification, where elements like carbon can be added to bond with the oxygen and free the iron. This also removes other impurities like ink or dried paint.

Most scrap metal yards will pay you by weight, and metal with severe rust damage will weigh less. Scrap metal accepted for recycling must be a majority made of metal, so if your product is half-metal and half-plastic and the metal corrodes away, it likely won’t be accepted as scrap metal.

 

Tips for Recycling Rusted Metal

If you’re cleaning out a garage or shed filled with metal, you’ll likely find plenty of metal products to recycle. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Coat any metals that are outside (e.g., fences, lawn furniture) to prevent rust in the first place.
  • For reusable products (such as bicycles) with surface rust, use a natural product to remove rust and donate the product to a secondhand store or charity.
  • If you have products with rust holes or other major rust damage, call a scrap recycler to confirm whether or not the product is recyclable before transporting it or arranging pickup.

If you have any scrap metal on your hands – rusted or not, get in touch with Manville Recycling today for a quote. Or, if you’re unsure whether your rusted metal is recyclable, contact us and we’ll advise you the best we can.

 

 

Can You Recycle Rusted Metals?

Rust is the common name for a chemical compound known as iron oxide. This compound forms when iron reacts with water and oxygen, presenting itself as a rough, orange-red substance. Technically speaking, only iron and alloys that contain iron can rust. Other metals, including precious metals like gold and silver, can corrode in a similar way.

 

What sets certain metals apart?

The duration of time it takes for certain metals to begin rusting (or corroding) is what sets these materials apart. Regardless, in almost all cases, rust is a nuisance. Not only is it unsightly, its a hindrance to functionality as well. If you allow rust to exist on a metal object for a long enough period of time, it can start to eat through the object, slowly compromising its structural integrity. 

The good news, however, is rust can often be removed. Because it can be removed, rusted metal objects can usually still be recycled.

Be warned though. The more rust that eats away as a metal object, the less that object is going to weight, and the less money you’ll be able to get for recycling it.

 

Does Copper Rust?

Copper does not rust, however, it does corrode. Copper is naturally brown and turns a shade of bright green as it corrodes. While some consider copper’s reaction to be tarnish rather than oxidation, the metal still undergoes a similar “rusting” process.

 

Reducing the recycling value.

The fact of the matter is that regardless of whether or not you remove it, rust can reduce the recycling value of a metal item. For this reason, its wise to try to prevent rust from forming in the first place. 

If you have metal object that are only slightly rusted, you can usually rid remove the rust in just a short amount of time. There are a number of substances that can be used to remove rust from metal. In most cases, however, its easiest to try to remove rust with a sander or grinder.

 If you have have heavily-rusted items on your hands, and if you’re looking to recycle them, your best bet would be to sell them to a metal recycling company. After rust is already caked on any object, its nearly impossible to remove entirely. 

However, keep in mind that a metal recycling company will be able to melt down your rusted metal objects, separating their usable parts so that they can be used for new purposes. 

 

20 Facts about Car Removal and Recycling

1. Out of all the different consumer products that get recycled on a regular basis, the one that gets recycled the most is the automobile.

2. The amount of materials that get recycled from wrecked vehicles has been measured to be at least 25 million tons a year.

3. The age of the entire industry that focuses on recycling cars has reached the 75 year mark. 

4. The second hand parts that are sold by your local car removal company are much cheaper than brand new parts. In fact, they can be up to 80% less expensive.

5. Recycled steel makes up to one quarter of your average car’s body. This is a testament to how important it is to recycle steel.

6. Junk cars provide us with 14 million tons of steel.

7. The amount of vehicles that reach their junk stages per year can be calculated to be over 27 million.

8. The amount of each vehicle that is recycled is 80%. All the non-recyclable material gets labeled as “Auto Shredder Residue.” It is made of materials that includes fabric, dirt, plastic and steel materials, just to mention a few.

9. If we are talking about the percentage of each car battery that gets recycled, the number is even higher. It is 99%.

10. One of the most recyclable parts of your average automobile is the humble tyre. The resulting material then goes on to make sandals, playgrounds and auto carpets.

11. So much steel gets recycled every year that over 12 million new cars are made as a result.

12. Sometimes the windshield can be recycled.

13. Another material that gets recycled from automobiles is the oil. In fact, so much oil gets recycled that it can fill over 80 million barrels.

14. There are toxic materials in vehicles, which makes disposing of them improperly bad for the environment. Auto recycling companies recycle them or dispose of them in environmentally friendly ways.

15. Alternators, transmissions and other expensive auto parts are refurbished so that they are in good condition. Then they are then sold.

16. Providing people with the means of selling faulty cars fast and easily reduces the amount of unsafe vehicles on the road. This then reduces the number of accidents.

17. Environmental compliance costs your local legitimate auto recycling company over 50 million dollars.

18. Recycling reduces the need for the mining of natural resources that are used to make steel. The amount can be calculated to be up to 120 pounds of limestone, 1400 pounds of coal and 2500 pounds of iron ore per ton of steel.

19. If your vehicle doesn’t have registration, you can still sell to a car wreckers in your area.

20. Second hand parts don’t only get re-used in vehicles. They can be used as arts and crafts materials as well to make furniture, kitchen utensils, gates, ornaments and so forth. The limit is your imagination.