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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.

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The Scrap Metal Toronto Recycling Process

Metals are very valuable materials and can be recycled over and over again without any degradation in their properties. Scrap metal in Toronto has value, and this motivates many people to collect it for sale to companies like us at Manville Recycling. It’s also one of the best ways to do your bit for the environment. Recycling metals helps us preserve natural resources while requiring far less energy to process compared to the manufacture of new products in which virgin raw materials are used.

Recycling emits less CO2 & other harmful gasses. What’s even more important is that it allows manufacturing units to reduce their production costs and saves their businesses a significant amount of money. The recycling industry also creates jobs.

The Different Types of Scrap Metal in Toronto that can be Recycled

Metals are grouped into ferrous or non-ferrous categories. Ferrous metals are a combination of iron & carbon. Some of the most common ferrous metals are carbon steel, cast iron, wrought iron and alloy steel. Non-ferrous metals include lead, copper, aluminum, tin and zinc. All precious metals are also non-ferrous; the commonest ones being platinum, silver, iridium, platinum and palladium.

Metal Recycling- The Process

These are the main stages of the scrap metal recycling process:

  • Collection- Scrap vehicles are one of the largest sources of scrap metal. The other sources include farm equipment, large steel structures, ships, railroad tracks, and consumer scrap.
  • Sorting- In this process, metals are sorted from the mixed multi-material wastage stream or the mixed scrap metal stream. Sensors and magnets are used in the automated recycling operations to aid material separation.
  • Processing– Once sorted, the metals will then be shredded. This is done to speed up the melting process. Smaller shredded metals have a larger surface: volume ratio and comparatively less energy is required to melt them down. In most cases, steel is converted into steel blocks and aluminum is turned into small sheets.
  • Melting- The melting of scrap metal in Toronto is done in massive furnaces. Different metals are taken to a furnaces designed to melt those particular metals.

The purification stage comes next and the melted metals are then carried via conveyor belt to cool and then solidify. Once they have been cooled & solidified, they are set to use. They will then be transported to different factories and will be used as raw materials for the production of new products.

If you want to know more about our services and about scrap metal in Toronto recycling, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Manville Recycling. You can call 416-751-4732 or contact us today!