Did you know that over half a million cars are disposed of in Australia each year?
Luckily the scrap metal from cars can be recycled by auto wreckers and recyclers like ourselves, significantly reducing the amount that ends up in landfill. Here are some more benefits of car recycling that you may not be aware of.
A major benefit of recycling cars is that the steel from their parts can be reused for other purposes. This means that new ore doesn’t have to be mined and less energy is needed for the manufacture of recycled steel. This results in less air pollution, less water pollution and less mining waste, all a plus for the environment.
Proper recycling of cars also safely disposes of hazardous materials from the vehicle, such as oil, coolant, brake fluid and air conditioning gases that are harmful to environment and humans.
Why Recycle Waste Oil?
Oil from car engines is extremely polluting to the environment and needs to be disposed of appropriately rather than dumped into landfills or places that can contaminate waterways and groundwater. The Department of the Environment says that “it takes only one litre of oil to contaminate one million litres of water” and that even though oil is dirty, it can be cleaned and re-used and incorporated into other products. Although Australians are becoming better at recycling oil, 25 percent of waste oil could still potentially be recycled.
Why Recycle Batteries?
Recycling of lead-acid car batteries prevents the leaking of sulphuric acid and lead into the environment. Lead is highly toxic substance and causes health issues if ingested such as brain and kidney damage, so the less lead in the environment the better. Fortunately, 99 percent of battery components can be reused for manufacturing new batteries. It also requires a lot less energy to recover lead from batteries than to produce it from ore.
Why Recycle Tyres?
In Australia, 17 million tyres are estimated to be dumped each year and a large proportion of these end up in landfill or are burnt which creates significant air pollution and the runoff contaminates ground water. As well as taking up space in landfills, stockpiled tyres can attract mosquitoes, become a fire hazard and are a waste of resources that can be used for other purposes. Some uses of recycled tyres include insulation blocks, compost bins, ute mats, vegetable planters and road surfacing.
Who Can Recycle?
Auto wreckers such as Metalbiz are accredited auto recyclers that can offer you cash for scrap cars. We operate throughout the Brisbane and Gold Coast and will take cars, 4WDs, trucks and vans, any kind of vehicle you have, so give us a call today!