There are plenty of personal benefits that come with scrapping your car. Advances in recycling methods and the growth of the industry help provide more cash for scrapped models, and most companies will be able to take care of all the tedious paperwork on your behalf.
So, scrapping your car is convenient and rewarding, and it’s also a process that comes with several environmental benefits.
Manufacturing metal consumes a huge amount of energy. That’s the case whether the metal is recycled or taken from virgin ore, but the energy required is much higher when virgin ore needs to be used. As such, recycling your vehicle is going to cut down on industrial energy usage. Experts predict the energy savings to be around 56% when steel is recycled. For aluminium, which is being used in more and more vehicle bodies, that figure reaches up to 92%.
Whether caused during the manufacturing process or through transporting raw materials to factories, manufacturing cars produces high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Research has shown that recycling scrap metal helps reduce those emissions by between 300 million and 500 million tons. By scrapping your vehicle, you’ll be contributing to that vital reduction.
Reduces Reliance on Landfills
When you have your vehicle scrapped through an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), it won’t simply be stripped of major parts and then sent to landfill. Instead, as many parts as possible will be utilised, and the body will be broken down and recycled. Instead of taking up space in a landfill, your vehicle will go back into the world to be reused.
Maintains Government Regulations
You might be surprised to read through these points. After all, car scrapping used to be harmful to the environment. That was largely because cars were compacted without the fluids being drained, so toxic materials could seep into the ground and then into groundwater. That’s why the ground of a scrapyard would have been so toxic. Things are different these days. An AFT will be expected to stick to very strict government regulations, so your vehicle will now be disposed of as safely as possible.