Dorset Scrap Cars
Car Recycling in Dorset with Autos 4 Cash
When you scrap your car, it has to be legally scrapped by what is called an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). Here is where your car or van has all hazardous materials removed and parts that can be reused salvaged before it is crushed and recycled.
The hazardous materials are removed in the first phase of the Vehicle depollution Process. The lead-acid battery is detached first, as car batteries contain materials that can be hazardous to the environment.
Next, the vehicles tyres are taken off and recycled at a specialist recycling centre although only a certain amount can be stored on site at any one time. This is because large numbers of tyres can burn for days at very high temperatures if they catch fire.
Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) gas tanks are hazardous and they are removed with air bags to follow – these have the potential to explode because of the chemicals they contain in them – as are seat belt pre-tensioners, which are also dislodged at this point.
All of the car’s fuel, oils – including the oil filter – coolants, anti-freeze, and any other liquids that are deemed hazardous will be disposed of next, as any of these can contaminate the soil and pollute the water supply if not removed correctly.
If your car has a catalytic converter, this will be extracted because during the vehicle’s time on the road it will have come into contact with many pollutants. Any switches that contain mercury chemicals will also be removed as well.
After being depolluted, the car is then safe to be crushed, with all its metals, plastics and fibres separated and recycled.
Approximately , 85% of a vehicle can be recycled, including tyres, plastics, metals, fabrics, oil.
Recycling steel saves energy and natural resources. The steel industry saves enough energy to power about 18 million households for a year, on a yearly basis. Recycling metal also uses about 74 percent less energy than making metal.
Recyclers of end-of-life vehicles save an estimated 85 million barrels of oil annually that would have been used in the manufacturing of other parts.
Car recycling keeps 11 million tons of steel and 800,000 non-ferrous metals out of landfills and back in consumer use.
Before the 2003 model year, some vehicles that were manufactured were found to contain mercury auto switches, historically used in convenience lighting and anti-lock braking systems. Recyclers remove and recycle this mercury before the vehicles are shredded to prevent it from escaping into the environment. In 2007, over 2100 pounds of mercury were collected by 6265 recyclers