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Recycling Car Parts

When it comes time to dispose of items we may not recycle often, like automobile parts, it may take some research to find out where to take them.

Vehicle parts and maintenance items need to be properly castoff in order to keep toxins out of surroundings and to reuse existing sources.

According to Earth911 around 75% of old cars are recycled for iron and steel, and along with recovering remaining parts, this produces enough savings to create the equivalent of 85 million barrels of oil per year.

Brake pads and brake shoes are made of around 15-30% recyclable copper. Oil filters, which are comprised of steel, are also recyclable.

Earth911 stated that 1 ton of oil filters can be turned back into the same as what amounts to 30 gallons of oil and about 1,700 pounds of steel. Recycling only 1 pound of steel creates an energy savings equal to using a 60-watt light bulb for at least 39 hours. Recycling oil filters saves energy and significantly decreases air and water pollution. An oil filter that has been completely drained still has as much as a half of a cup of oil in it, which is enough to contaminate a massive 31,250 gallons of water.

Recycling Car Parts

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Windshield glass can be recycled and turned into other products, though it may take some effort finding somewhere to accept them. Because they are constructed of different sheets of glass and plastics, they can be difficult to separate for recycling. However, new technology makes it easier to extract crushed glass so that it can be more easily salvaged. Windshield wiper blades have to be replaced every so often for optimal use. Though things like these may be hard to drop off as whole items, some of the parts can usually be recycled. Wiper blades can be taken apart and the plastic and metal portions can be recycled individually.

Tires can be recycled into numerous items, such as materials to pave roads and used to make shoes. Automobile or tire dealers will normally recycle tires for a fee to pay for environmental costs. Also, local recycling facilities usually take scrap metals and some car parts. Vehicle lubricants, like antifreeze and motor oil, require special disposal. Earth911 provides some information on fluids and car maintenance, or ask a local dealer for removal resources.

Other miscellaneous interior parts such as upholstery, mirrors and floor mats may be sold or donated to automobile or parts repair shops, or chances are they may know someone who can use them. Parts of cars that are still in good shape can be sold to dealers or collectors to be refurbished and reused. Ask a local mechanic, car dealer or automobile repair shop for recommendations on where to take any unneeded items you are unsure of what to do with.

As maintenance is part of driving a vehicle, recycling applicable materials when finished with them should be part of having an automobile, too.

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