Car Recycling

Car Recycling Facts Everyone Needs to Know

Car recycling refers to the process of dismantling of cars for spare parts or selling it for metal scrap. 


The U.S houses the 16th largest auto recycling industry in the world.


On average, in the USA, about 12-15 million vehicles reach the end-of-useful-life annually.


According to the estimate reflected in the Automobile Manufacturers Alliance report, about 95% of the end-of-life vehicles (ELV) from the U.S are sent for recycling.


If you have a junk clunker sitting in your yard that is hazardous and causing environmental degradation, resort to car recycling to turn the hunk of metal into cash. 


Car recycling is not a painstaking process for you as much as it is for the wrecking yard. For you, as an owner of a clunker, the car recycling process can get simple, fast, easy, and seamless if you can get hold of the right junkyard in an area near you. 


In recent years, even the manufacturers of vehicles have started getting involved in the process of vehicle recycling.


Car recycling is an extremely meticulous and complex process as it involves the selection of many parts to be recycled and to remove hazardous materials in the process.

Materials to be Removed From the car Recycling Process

  • Wheels and Tires
  • Battery
  • Catalytic Converter
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Mercury
  • Sodium Azide propellant used in Air Bags

Materials to be drained out and removed

  • Hazardous Fluids 
  • Oil & Engine Coolant

Reusable materials removed

  • High-value reusable parts and auto components
  • Any serviceable part & components that can be resold ‘as-is’ condition
  • Restorable parts and components
  • Air-conditioner evaporator
  • Heater Core
  • Wiring Harnesses
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Process of car Recycling

Earlier, the segregation of parts used to be done by hand, now the machine-based technology known as Vehicle Recycling Systems (VRS) is deployed for the job.


After the removal of all the above materials, the shell of the car or vehicle is crushed flat. It is broken down further in cubes for economical bulk transportation.


These cubes are put into an industry shredder or hammer mill to break down to chunks of metals. 


At the final stage, the components of glass, plastic, and rubber are separated from the mix, and eventually, the metal is sold to steel mills in tons.


United States promoted the recycling of end-of-life (ELV) vehicles as a green initiative to stimulate auto sales and boost the average fuel economy in the country.


The flip side involves the concern of increasing carbon footprint by adding carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to make new cars in the process.

States WHere Plastic Recycling is Mandatory

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin

Automobiles are the most recycled consumable product in today’s world.


The car you are driving today houses many recyclable materials that can be salvaged before sending for scrapping.


Annually, the U.S. and Canada collectively provide sufficient steel through their recycling plants to produce approximately13 million new vehicles in the automobile industry.


The international automotive recycling is operating for the past 75 years. 


The automotive recycling industry has benefitted the retail and wholesale automotive businesses with quality auto parts which are approximately 20%-80% less expensive than new auto parts in the same category.


Recycled steel produced every year from junk vehicles is over 14 million tons. 


Around 27 million end-of-life cars, after reaching the end of their useful life from across the world are sent for recycling each year.

In some cases, the car batteries and car tire can be recycled to manufacture sandals and roadways.


Automobile industries around the world are regulated by the government of the respective countries. In most countries, there is a provision to buy out of order vehicles from the road. This helps to keep disabled and abandoned automobiles away from roads and highways.


Car windshields are also being recycled in recent years which were not considered for recycling.


Auto recycling worldwide has become a viable, vibrant, and entrepreneurial business proposition around the world.

What Can You Salvage From a Wrecked Vehicle For Money?

There are some components that you can cash in before sending it to a junkyard.

GPS System

GPS comprises of sophisticated electronic components that you need to pull out before crushing the car and store it for future use.


Fenders are one of the sturdiest and valuable commodities in your car. In excellent condition, fenders can be in demand in the automobile spare parts market.


Take good care of your doors. Doors are much sought-after in the used auto parts market if they are maintained in a very good condition.

Catalytic Converter

Most of us know that catalytic converters are an expensive and valuable component of your car. Precious metals, such as palladium, rhodium, and platinum are found in the catalytic converters.


Bumpers are the protective shields of your car prevent from losing shape. Bumpers are expensive since they contain an alloy of aluminium, steel, silver, fibreglass, and plastic, they are high in demand in the used markets.

Air Bags

You can recoup some money by off the unused airbags if not deployed yet. Many prefer buying unused airbags to save money down the road. Request the junkyard guys to get you the airbags in good shape condition.

Wheels Tires & Rims

Although cuddy old wheels and rims will not fetch any money, aluminium wheels and tires and wheels in good conditions can be pulled and resold at the used markets.


You can recoup some money by pulling the above components before sending them for recycling. You can reuse or resell these components in the future.


The future of the automobile recycling industry looks grim. Most cars use plastics composites and carbon fibber-reinforced plastics (CFRPs) to make the vehicles lighter and agile.


Extensive and abundant usage of plastics can be found throughout the car’s body turning the car to be of no value in the junkyard.


Manufacturing car components using plastic composites is, environmentally, the most damaging human activity.


If you need to send your car for recycling, do not run out of time, rush quickly, and free up your garage space by trading into the scrap car dealership and make the most out of recycling now.

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8044 Southway Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28215
(980) 263-8220



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