Benefits of Auto Recycling vs. Auto Wrecking

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Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. is proud to be a member of the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association.

Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc.- Member of the OARA

What is auto recycling?

Auto recyclers typically accept vehicles at the end of their life, but they do not salvage parts. Instead, they focus on safely removing and capturing hazardous materials from the vehicle. This enables the processing of the remaining scrap metal in order that it can be reused by a variety of industries. This is the service that Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. offers.

What is auto wrecking?

Auto wreckers typically accept decommissioned (not driveable) and wrecked vehicles. Some auto wreckers also purchase salvage cars and trucks. These businesses dismantle the vehicles and separate them into usable parts and scrap. Then they sell the salvaged parts for use in operational vehicles and sell the scrap metal to scrap yards. Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. does not offer auto wrecking.

Risks of auto wrecking

Auto wrecking is about salvage and this means that parts are stored on site, sometimes for long periods of time. This can result in contamination.

As used parts of vehicles sit, they deteriorate. Sometimes these parts are stored outside and are exposed to the elements, which can result in faster deterioration and residual contaminants like engine coolant, oil, transmission fluid, air conditioning refrigerant, and gasoline ending up in the soil or water.

Environmental benefits of auto recycling

Auto recycling is about re-purposing scrap metal. This means that parts are not salvaged or stored. Auto recyclers take great care to ensure the safe removal of all contaminants prior to any compression or shredding.

At Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc., we use a SEDA machine (the world leader in vehicle recycling technology) to carefully drain and capture all of the vehicle’s fluids in order to prevent possible environmental contamination. We also work with certified vendors specializing in hazardous material collection and diversion to ensure that all the fluids are safely removed from our site and recycled elsewhere.

Economic benefits of auto recycling

Auto wreckers take apart vehicles in order to salvage parts that can be resold. Auto recyclers only take out the hazardous materials and non-scrap metal materials.

Payments for recycled vehicles are calculated using real-time market pricing based on weight using a certified scale.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of auto recycling, please contact us.


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