Tag Archives: environmental

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, 

 

What’s the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metal?

The simple answer is that ferrous metals contain iron and non-ferrous metals do not. The more in-depth answer is that ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals each have their own distinctive properties. These properties determine the applications they are most suited for.


Ferrous Metals

Some common ferrous metals include alloy steel, carbon steel, cast iron and wrought iron. These metals are prized for their tensile strength and durability. Carbon Steel – also known as structure steel – is a staple in the construction industry and is used in the tallest skyscrapers and longest bridges. Ferrous metals are also used in shipping containers, industrial piping, automobiles, railroad tracks, and many commercial and domestic tools.

Ferrous metals have a high carbon content which generally makes them vulnerable to rust when exposed to moisture. There are two exceptions to this rule: wrought iron resists rust due to its purity and stainless steel is protected from rust by the presence of chromium.

Most ferrous metals are magnetic which makes them very useful for motor and electrical applications. The use of ferrous metals in your refrigerator door allows you to pin your shopping list on it with a magnet.

 

Steel

Steel is made by adding iron to carbon which hardens the iron. Alloy steel becomes even tougher as other elements like chromium and nickel are introduced. Steel is made by heating and melting iron ore in furnaces. The steel can is tapped from the furnaces and poured into molds to form steel bars. Steel is widely used in the construction and manufacturing industries.

 

Carbon Steel

Carbon steel has a higher carbon content in comparison to other types of steel making it exceptionally hard. It is commonly used in the manufacturing of machine tools, drills, blades, taps, and springs. It can keep a sharp cutting edge.

 

Alloy Steel

Alloy steels incorporate elements such as chromium, nickel and titanium to impart greater strength and durability without increasing weight. Stainless steel is an important alloy steel made using chromium. Alloy steels are used in construction, machine tools, and electrical components.

 

Cast Iron

Cast iron is an alloy made from iron, carbon, and silicon. Cast iron is brittle and hard and resistant to wear. It’s used in water pipes, machine tools, automobile engines and stoves.

 

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron is an alloy with so little carbon content it’s almost pure iron. During the manufacturing process, some slag is added which gives wrought iron excellent resistance to corrosion and oxidation, however, it is low in hardness and fatigue strength. Wrought iron is used for fencing and railings, agricultural implements, nails, barbed wire, chains, and various ornaments.

 

Non-Ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, lead, zinc and tin, as well as precious metals like gold and silver. Their main advantage over ferrous materials is their malleability. They also have no iron content, giving them a higher resistance to rust and corrosion, and making them ideal for gutters, liquid pipes, roofing and outdoor signs. Lastly they are non-magnetic, which is important for many electronic and wiring applications.

Aluminum

Aluminum is lightweight, soft and low strength. Aluminum is easily cast, forged, machined and welded. It’s not suitable for high-temperature environments. Because aluminum is lightweight, it is a good choice for the manufacturing of aircraft and food cans. Aluminum is also used in castings, pistons, railways, cars, and kitchen utensils.

Copper

Copper is red in color, highly ductile, malleable and has high conductivity for electricity and heat. Copper is principally used in the electrical industry in the form of wire and other conductors. It’s also used in sheet roofing, cartridge cases, statutes, and bearings. Copper is also used to make brass, an alloy of copper and zinc.

Lead

Lead is a soft, heavy, malleable metal with a low melting point and low tensile strength. It can withstand corrosion from moisture and many acids. Lead is widely used in electrical power cables, batteries, building construction and soldering.

Zinc

Zinc is a medium to low strength metal with a very low melting point. It can be machined easily, but heating may be required to avoid cleavage of crystals. Zinc is most widely used in galvanizing, the process of applying a protective zinc coating to iron or steel to prevent rust.

Tin

Tin is very soft and malleable, ductile with low tensile strength. It’s often used to coat steel to prevent corrosion. Tinplate steel is used to make tin cans to hold food. In the late 19th century, tin foil was commonly used to wrap food products, but has since largely been replaced by aluminum foil. Tin is can also be alloyed with copper to produce tin brass and bronze.

 

Why Recycling is More Important Now Than Ever

Similarly to traffic laws and taxes, residential and commercial recycling regulations are managed at the stage and local level throughout Canada. The regulations are intended to maximize recycling efforts and minimize waste across communities. However, recycling rates have stayed stagnant despite the efforts of provincial and local officials to reduce waste. It’s crucial that today’s businesses learn to adhere to local recycling regulations, helping them recycle as much as possible!

 

RECYCLING REGULATIONS 

Ontario is shifting to a circular economy – a new waste management approach where waste is seen as a resource that can be recovered, reused and reintegrated into the production stream. Markets are implementing regulatory mandates at growing rates. Some cities have introduced zero-waste policies and diversion programs that have shown potential to increase recycling. However, reports show that millions of companies are still behind in their zero-waste efforts. The adoption rate of the policies are at a minimum because commercial and residential spaces don’t have access to basic recycling services. 

 

WASTE DIVERSION PROGRAMS

Ontario has four diversion programs to reuse, recycle or safely dispose of waste. They operate on the producer responsibility principle, where producers are responsible for managing their products and packaging at end-of-life. Blue Box Program: recycles printed paper and packaging (plastics, paper, glass, aluminum, steel)

  • Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program: recycles or properly disposes of paint, antifreeze, batteries, fertilizers and other hazardous or special materials
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program: reuses or recycles electronic equipment like computers, televisions and stereos
  • Used Tires Program: recycles used tires from passenger, truck and off-road vehicles

 

WHY AREN’T BUSINESSES RECYCLING?

There is minimal data of adoption rates and engagements surrounding business recycling regulations. Regulations go a long way in defining rules and guidelines for businesses to follow, but participation is still low due to reasons ranging from expensive costs, not enough space to recycle and a lack of interest present from management.

When was the last time you reviewed your waste and recycling setup? You could be over-paying for those bulky containers that take up a lot of room. You may be able to downsize to stream-specific recycling receptacles (no more more worrying about those expensive steel containers). There are plenty of local recycling services (waste, metal, scraps etc.) who will pay close attention to local recycling policies and provide solutions to you/ your company needs. This will make work to make your recycling and waste management easier and more efficient.

Why Metal Recycling is Good for the Planet

Since the early ages, we’ve discovered that it is easier to recycle scraps of metal left over from the production of other products than it is to produce new metals from scratch. In modern times, we now find that recycling scrap metals not only saves time and precious natural resources, but it is also better for the environment.

For the most part, scrap metal is separated into two categories, ferrous and non-ferrous. Ferrous alloys contain iron and include steel, malleable iron, and gray iron. Because iron has magnetic properties, attraction to magnets is commonly used to identify ferrous alloys. Non-ferrous refers to any metal that does not contain iron. This category includes aluminum- and copper-based alloys. These materials are non-magnetic, corrosion resistant and—most importantly, for separation purposes, heavier. The ferrous metals are compacted and shipped to steel mills and foundries, while the remaining non-ferrous material is characterized even further with a focus on aluminum and copper.

 

Environmental Benefits

Estimates are that 84 percent of the iron and steel used in foundries is recycled scrap. Recycling steel requires 56 percent less energy than producing steel from iron ore, and reduces Co2 emissions by up to 58 percent. Recycling also reduces the need for mining virgin ore.

 

What is the most recycled material on the planet?

Steel is the most recycled material on the planet, more than all other materials combined. Like copper, the amazing metallurgical properties of steel allow it to be recycled continually with no degradation in performance from one product to another. Steel is the engine that drives the recycling of many consumer goods.

 

The Benefits of Recycling Steel

According to the Steel Recycling Institute, automobiles are recycled at the rate of 92.5 percent followed by appliances at 90 percent and the 72 percent recycling rate of steel packaging. Recycled steel products are found in appliances, automotive products, buildings, highways, defence products, and the energy industry.