In Europe, every year, nearly eight million vehicles are recycled. Automobiles are actually the world’s most recycled consumer product today. In fact, about 75% of the materials in a car can be recycled. Therefore, to prevent dumping end-of-life vehicles in landfills, an entire industry has sprung up around dismantling and recycling car parts and even liquids.
Here are just a few things we can recycle:
Battery fluids, coolants, brake liquid and engine oil can all be extracted and sent to specialists for recycling. These liquids, if not properly disposed of and reused, can contaminate soil and waterways with toxic chemicals. Certified collection centers can clean and repurpose these liquids.
Certain car parts such as headlights, engines, transmissions, radiators and starters can be remanufactured. Building these parts from scratch can be costly so many mechanics decide to rebuild damaged engines or starters, for example, as a low-cost, green alternative.
Scrap metal, certain plastic and rubber parts:
Metal car doors and rims, plastic dashboards and bumpers, and rubber hoses and belts can all be recycled. In fact, the steel industry uses more than 14 million tons of scrap metals which have been stripped from out-of-commission vehicles.
The other 25% of materials in a car cannot be recycled. This material is known as auto shredder residue (ASR) and includes ferrous and nonferrous metal pieces, dirt, glass, fabric, paper, wood, rubber and plastic. ASR is crushed or treated and then deposited in landfills.
Elkem Silicones is committed to the safe management of chemicals, and has therefore signed the Responsible Care Global Charter of the International Council of Chemical Associations. We also implement QHSE (quality, health, safety, environment) policies to each and every one of our processes because we believe that sustainability is a daily concern. As such, we are committed to helping our partners in the automotive sector engage in sustainable and eco-friendly practices.
Recycling vehicles is good for business… and good for the environment.