Recycling is always a good thing—especially if it involves materials that are meant to be used again or those that are in limited supply in this world. Today, almost everybody owns a car—be it on a mortgage, or fully paid. Did you know that according to auto recycling statistics, the car you are driving today will be a good source of many recyclable materials in the future? Chances are, the wheels you drive today is partially made from old, scrapped and recycled ones during the previous years. In fact, around 80 percent of a car can be recycled.
Today, auto recycling is a common practice and a growing industry too. Makes sense if you consider that the materials used to manufacture vehicles are indeed recyclable and meant to be used to its full capacity.
Aside from the benefits junking your car can provide you logistically and financially, did you know that by simply junking your old car can give a bigger impact to the environment than you can imagine? Here are some ways junking your old car can benefit the environment without you realizing it:
Lesser Steel Production
On average, a car has around 25 percent of its body made from recycled steel. Automotive recycling industry supplies around 37 percent of all ferrous metal to blast furnaces and smelters across the United States of America. Nearly every automobile manufactured today—anywhere in the world—has a frame that is constructed of steel. If that steel were recycled, imagine the amount of iron ore that could be saved for future endeavors.
Decreased Coal Burning
Steel production requires coal burning, which helps in the process of transforming and refining iron into steel. This process also destroys limestone and contributes to greenhouse gases that negatively impact the planet’s atmosphere. Each ton of recycled vehicle steel saves almost half a ton of coal. Additionally, the limestone destroyed to mine coal is also saved.
Smaller Landfill Space
Car recycling also takes up less landfill space. Instead of getting dumped, the majority of its body is recycled and reused. Tires are also recyclable parts of the car, which usually takes 50 to 80 years to decompose. Recycling the fluids and materials found in old automobiles also drastically reduces the amount of waste in landfills and prevents dangerous chemicals from seeping into groundwater.
Reduced Emission and Pollution
Because you junk your old car and refrain from using it on the road, you help get emission-polluting vehicles off the highway. One of the reasons why you should already junk your old car is its potential damage to the environment and everyone’s health. Chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons will have a harmful effect when inhaled, causing damage to the lungs and aggravating respiratory infections.
Letting a car sit for months and even years can create different kinds of damaging issues to the environment—air, water, and land. Eventually, the plastics, rubbers, and connections will start to break down, which can create avenues for fluids and chemicals to drop down into the soil and eventually the nearest water supply. It can also release dark and thick smoke too, which can be a threat to you and your family’s health when inhaled.
Not many people know that steel mining contributes to soil pollution and land erosion, which has more dangerous implications than just that. Soil and land erosion makes it difficult for wild animals to maintain their habitats, multiply, and stay healthy. Moreover, continuous erosion causes sediment runoff into rivers and lakes, among other environmental damage. Excessive sediment affects water quality and fish spawning grounds.