3 environmental benefits of recycling your vehicle


Close to 80 percent of your vehicle is recyclable. If your beater is at the end of its lifespan, selling it to a metal recycling company can help protect the planet. Here are three environmental benefits of recycling your vehicle.


1. It diverts waste from landfills and watersheds

Vehicle recyclers in Canada and the United States keep valuable and sometimes hazardous materials from entering landfills and watersheds. Every year car recyclers help the environment by:


• Producing enough steel to produce 12 million more cars
• Recycling parts that would have taken 85 million barrels of oil to replace
• Salvaging more than 450 million litres of gasoline and diesel
• Saving more than 204 million litres of washer fluid
• Reclaiming more than 36 million litres of engine coolant


In addition, vehicle fluids such as coolant, washer fluid and gasoline can have a negative impact on the soil and water. Responsibly removing these substances from cars in the recycling process helps keep the planet protected.


2. It reduces the amount of greenhouse emissions produced

It requires a lot of energy to manufacture a vehicle. Mining and refining the steel, iron and aluminum that car manufacturers require sends billions of carbon emissions into the atmosphere every year.


It takes significantly less energy to produce recycled metals. For example, producing recycled aluminum takes 95 percent less energy than what’s needed for the raw material. Studies have shown that if every person in North America recycled just one vehicle in their lifetime, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost one billion tonnes.


3. It conserves non-renewable resources

Recycling the metals found in vehicles decreases the demand for raw ore. Most metals are infinitely recyclable. They can be used over and over again without losing their integrity. In particular, catalytic converters contain some of the most precious metals on earth, such as platinum and palladium. Recycling these and other metals means they don’t have to be mined at great environmental expense.


Eco-friendly car recycling in Edmonton

At General Recycling Industries Ltd., we work hard to do our part for the planet. We follow environmental best practices and comply with all government mandated regulations when we recycle your car. Leave your car with us, and we’ll take care of the rest. Visit one of our two Edmonton locations or contact us to arrange a drop-off.