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Processing End of Life Vehicles

How to properly recycle and dispose of end of life vehicles

Each vehicle goes through a methodical process designed to maximize the amount of material that can be reclaimed and to minimize the environmental impact.

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Recyclable Components

Over 80% of the entire vehicle by weight is reused, re-manufactured or recycled.

Anti-freeze & Washer Fluid

Fluids are separated and resold onsite or sent to reputable recycling facilities to be re-processed and re-used.

Batteries

After testing, batteries that are in good condition are sold to customers for re-use. Others are sent to a licensed recycling facility to be rebuilt.

Freon and Other Refrigerants

The gases from air-conditioning systems are carefully removed by licensed technicians to ensure none of them escape into the atmosphere. The used refrigerant is sold to a licensed buyer to be re-used.

Oils

Oil is drained from all vehicles, tested and re-used for energy recovery in licensed used oil furnaces to heat their buildings. Any excess is sent to recycling facilities to be reprocessed and re-used.

Body Panels & Mechanical Parts

Body and mechanical parts that are in suitable condition are sold to collision repair as well as mechanical repair facilities. Unusable parts are reclaimed as scrap and the metal is recycled.

Wheels

Wheels are sold for re-use. In some cases they are reconditioned. Damaged wheels are reclaimed as scrap metal.

Tires

Quality tires with lots of tread life are sold for re-use. Others are sent to tire recyclers and processed as tire crumb to make new products or to pave highways.

Fuel

Using special equipment, gas tanks are punctured, drained and removed. The fuels are used by the auto recylcers in their own equipment or sold for re-use.

Mercury Switches

Switch Out is a national program designed to remove these switches from end-of-life vehicles and prevent the highly toxic heavy metal from being released into the environment.


  • Automotive recyclers provide wholesale and retail customers quality parts that sell for up to 50% less than the comparable new parts.

  • Automotive recycling businesses employ some 103,108 people at more businesses around the country.


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