Astounding as it may seem, your car is made from about 35,000 pieces. But only 65% is steel (the rest is made from other metals, glass, rubber and upholstery). When your car finally finds its way to the graveyard hall of fame you will find that they will on average give you $300 for it. Your car will be placed in an open lot and it will be picked clean of anything of value. Eventually the shell will make its way to the crusher.

car recycling videoYour car might get flattened beforehand, but the end process is all the same. Once it goes through the crusher (see video) the ground up chunks about the size of a half brick get sorted out at a recycling center and then the metal pieces get further separated out for recycling and put back into the world as a usable commodity. Auto recycling is actually a multibillion dollar industry as China hungers for scrap steel.

Recycling metal uses about 74 percent less energy than making new steel, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Recycled steel is cheaper as well, since new ore doesn’t have to be mined to produce it. All steel produced today has at least 25 percent recycled steel in it, and some products are made entirely from recycled steel. So in addition to the economic and environmental benefits, recycling cars plays an important part in the world’s industrial infrastructure.

Hopefully some of the Love you gave your car will show up in another car one day.

So there you have it. Now you know where your car goes when it dies.

Greg Macke- Your Car Angel


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