If you were to ask most people what they think of when they think of recycling, their answer would probably include the following: bottles, cans, cardboard and paper. Automotive recycling, in all likelihood, would not come to mind. We believe most people see our industry as something other than recycling.
Facts about Automotive Recyclers
Each year Automotive Recyclers nationwide save an estimated 80 million barrels of oil that otherwise would be needed to produce new automotive parts.
Automotive Recyclers supply approximately 37% of all ferrous metal (iron & steel) to blast furnaces and smelters nationwide, making Automotive Recyclers the major source of recyclable scrap metal in the United States.
Automotive Recyclers in Ohio process thousands of wrecked, abandoned or otherwise unwanted motor vehicles each year, providing consumers with millions of low cost, warranted automotive parts and accessories.
Automotive Recyclers properly recycle and/or dispose of hundreds of thousands of waste automotive fluids (motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, etc.) annually. They keep those fluids from contaminating aquifers, streams, rivers and other sources of drinking water.
Automotive Recyclers contribute to environmental protection by properly removing and disposing of freon and other refrigerant components that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere to damage the earth’s ozone layer.
Automotive Recyclers adhere to strict Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Environmental Quality regulations and guidelines to guard against all types of environmental pollution.
Automotive Recyclers offer their communities: A better value today for a better environment tomorrow!
Automotive Recycling Process
Typical life cycle of a vehicle upon arrival at Intercity Auto Wrecking:
- All fluids (motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, etc.) are removed and stored in proper storage tanks for recycling or disposal by an approved fluid recycler.
- Most reusable parts are removed, inventoried and put away for resale.
- Parts deemed unusable are disposed of in special recycling containers.
- The vehicle shell is stored in our yard and major body components are held for sale.
- Eventually the body shell is crushed and sent to a metal recycling facility. From there it will end up recycled into other steel products including new vehicles and parts.
The vehicle’s useable parts and accessories are purchased by consumers at prices far less than paid for new. In addition, insurance companies use recycled parts to keep your insurance costs down.
Intercity Auto Wrecking offers a warranty on recycled parts.
So, the next time you see an abandoned, unwanted or wrecked vehicle in tow, think recycling. You now know the story of how the auto recycling industry makes a valuable contribution to the environmental quality and beauty of our community.