How does car recycling work?

Car recycling is a complex business with many useful spin offs which help us reduce our carbon footprint and  makes our environment a much cleaner place. It also provides many sustainable  jobs in the process.

How does car recycling work?

  • When a vehicle is scrapped for recycling, it must be taken away by an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). All these facilities are licensed by the Government.
  • All such facilities depollute the car by removing all oils, fuels, anti freeze, brake fluids, air conditioning gases and any other environmentally harmful contaminants.
  • All of these contaminants are then disposed of in an environmentally friendly way  by the ATF.
  • The car is then stripped of the good parts which in the main are mechanical, (engine, gearbox,  suspensions etc.). These parts are labelled and shelved awaiting resale.
  • The body of the car is mostly left in tact until a part is needed to be removed for sale as space is always at a premium and it costs money to remove parts.
  • The operator constantly monitors the amount of unsold parts which have been in stock for quite a while.
  • The operator makes constant decisions about what stock to keep and what to put into the next phase of the recycling process.
  • Any parts which are not going to be retailed for repairing cars are separated into different bins, (metals, alloy, copper, plastics,batteries etc).
  • The panels and chassis of the cars are chopped up into small pieces or in some cases squashed into a small size for ease of transportation.
  • All this material is then sold  on to individual buyers who recycle it  and sell  for use all over again.

On average 84% of a vehicle can be recycled, and whilst re-use of the parts for repair is the first option for Dismantlers, they are doing a very impressive job in the recycling process.

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure’

To learn more about recycling visit: www.epa.ie

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