On average, a typical vehicle contains a weight of approximately 65% of iron and steel, 25% of which is recycled steel. Proper vehicle recycling ensures that certain vehicle components, such as batteries and other components, are correctly disposed of.
After being dismantled and its reusable parts resold, vehicle recycling brings advantages to everyone, especially the environment, as scrap metal is utilised for a wide number of end products!
In all industries, but particularly in the automotive industry which deals with a lot of metallic components, it’s vital to ensure that all parts are recycled. The Earth’s natural resources are finite, and, when automotive components are recycled, there is a decreased need for space for landfills, with helps to preserve the environment and reduce deforestation.
With around 95% of vehicles being recycled, approximately 85 million barrels of oil are saved every year. Oil is required to manufacture vehicle components, which greatly increases the risk of an oil spill. Through recycling vehicles, you are also ensuring a decreased level of water and air pollution.
Recycling metal helps to save on costs; if everyone recycles metal on a regular basis, the cost of producing metal is considerably lowered. As scrap metal ends up being used for items such as canned food and drinks, the price of these goods is reduced.
Through the implementation of recycling standards, money can be saved and spent on other much-needed areas in local communities, such as providing businesses with loans to ensure a higher number of jobs.
Reducing Greenhouse Emissions
Increased environmental concerns have seen a rise in fear over the level of greenhouse emissions. Greenhouse emissions are directly associated with global warming, and are considered to be one of the main contributors.
Reducing carbon emissions is possible through regular recycling of vehicles, which will lead to lower levels of pollution in the atmosphere and in every ecosystem. With a considerable amount of damage already done, such as the hole in the ozone layer, it’s vital to control the issue before it worsens.
The amount of energy needed to mine new ores is considerably higher than the level required for recycling. Processing used metal can save around 92% of energy in total, and around 90% for copper and 50% for mining and creating new steel. With the demand for natural resources consuming high levels of energy, it’s necessary to ensure the future of the planet and preserve existing, non-renewable sources.