Did you know that nearly 80% of your car is recyclable? Unfortunately, there isn’t much awareness regarding vehicle recycling. However, it still remains the most recycled product in the world and the 16th largest industry in the United States! Properly disposing your car is extremely important for the environment so potentially hazardous parts can be disposed of without hurting the environment. Nearly all car parts can be recycled or recovered for other purposes.

Once your vehicle reaches its end of life, it can end up in an auto-recycling facility. Read below more to learn the steps your vehicle will be going through in a recycling facility and the impact it will have on the environment!

Step 1: Removal of Engine Fluids

It is important to note that removing your fluids from your vehicle is extremely dangerous due to the toxins they contain and the harm that it can have on the environment if not discarded correctly. Auto recyclers will properly dispose of these toxins which can be burned, in an appropriate facility, recycled, or reused.

Step 2: Removal of Reusable Parts

As stated before, nearly 80% of a vehicle is able to be recycled. Some of these parts include headlights, mirrors, seats, exhaust system parts, engines, and transmission systems. Instead of these parts just being thrown away once your vehicle reaches its end of life, it can be used on another vehicle instead of producing new parts.

Step 3: Remove Remaining Scrap Metals and Create New Parts 

All remaining parts on the vehicle will then be turned into new metals that can be reused. Recycling steel saves both energy and natural resources and prevents the scrap metals from end of life vehicles from entering a landfill. This recycled steel can then turn into a brand new automobile frame, because steel is 100 percent recyclable.

Benefit the Environment with a Car Donation

Car Donation Wizard LogoWhen you donate your car through Car Donation Wizard, we will sell your vehicle at auction or  to an auto recycler. At the auto recycler, the vehicle will get dismantled following the environmentally friendly steps above. This is a win-win situation for you because you get to support your favorite charity while also benefitting the environment! Car Donation Wizard will return 75-80% of the gross proceeds from the sale of your car directly to the charity of your choice! 

Choose your charity from our list or give us a call at 1-877-957-2277 to get started with your car donation!



(1) https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-are-cars-recycled-2877944

(2) https://wrenchapart.com/blog/recycling-a-vehicle-what-are-the-steps-for-the-auto-recycling-process/

(3) https://www.steel.org/sustainability/recycling/

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