What happens to your scrapped car may surprise you.
Scrap Car Comparison, the recycling comparison site, celebrates Recycle Week 2020 by showcasing just how many different products can be made from a scrap car.
Highlighting the leading standard of recycling innovation within the automotive industry, Scrap Car Comparison has delved into the array of products that a scrap car can be transformed into once its many materials are recycled.
Recycle Week takes place annually across the UK and is now in its 17th year. This year’s theme celebrates the continued efforts of the nation to recycle despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this year’s event is: ‘Together – We Recycle’.
Car recycling is a thriving industry. When a car is scrapped at the end of its lifecycle, it marks the start of a new beginning:
- Catalytic converters produce precious metals, such as platinum. These are removed and reused for wedding rings and used in pharmaceuticals.
- Galvanised bodywork can be recycled into batteries, paint and sun cream.
- Glass from windows and windscreens can be recycled into ornaments, builder’s sand and doorknobs.
- Engine oil can be cleaned and converted into fuel for container ships.
- Leather interiors can be recycled into belts or handbags.
Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) must meet international standards enforced by the End of Life Vehicles Directive for members of the scrap industry. This requires all ATFs to ensure at least 95 percent of a car is recycled.
Dan Gick, founder and owner of Scrap Car Comparison, said: “Here at Scrap Car Comparison, we’re proud to be a part of the automotive industry who are leading the way in recycling innovation across the world.
“We are committed to safe and environmentally-focused operations, which is echoed in our work with vetted, trusted and professional scrap and salvage buyers, and this focus has not shifted despite unforeseen COVID-19 challenges.
“When you scrap a car with us, you’re paving the way for a large percentage of its materials to be recycled and reused for other uses, which is vital to our environment, and we couldn’t be prouder of this.”
Discover the full range of items that scrap cars are recycled into here.