Cars aren’t the most environmentally friendly items to dispose of in a dump or junkyard. With antifreeze, heavy metals, and oil inside, cars are chock-full of detrimental chemicals. This is one of the main reasons that many car owners opt to dispose of their old vehicles responsibly by recycling them.
But what does recycling a car really entail? An item with so many parts and fluids certainly can’t be disposed of easily. Well, much to the surprise of recycling skeptics, car recycling is actually quite common and efficient.
Have you ever wondered how many cars are recycled each year? Perhaps you’ve heard of the Mega Shredder that “eats” 450 cars per hour?
- Green Vehicle Disposal: Recyclable Car Materials
- EPA: Automotive Parts – Recycling Stats & Options
- Car-Recycling.org: How Many Cars are Scrapped Yearly in the UK?
- End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling in the European Union
- NY Times: Coming Soon – 95% Recyclable Cars
- Automotive Recycling: Your Car’s Afterlife [pdf]
- Gizmodo.com: The World’s Biggest Auto Shredder Eats 450 Cars an Hour
- NJ.com: Behold the Mega Shredder: Jersey City Recycling Plant Turns Cars to Confetti in Seconds