The Proper Process For Scrap Car Recycling

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When it comes to recycling, the right processes make all the difference. Following the proper recycling guidelines is essential for reducing your impact on the environment and making sure everything ends up in the right place.

Auto recycling can be a complicated and multi-step process. With so many different parts involved, it’s essential that the proper process is followed.

Take Your Vehicle To The Right Recycler

Not all scrap car recyclers follow the same processes for recycling vehicles. Whether you want to recycle your car, truck, tractor, or some other type of vehicle, it’s important to take your vehicle to a facility that will go through the proper process.

At Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc., we have a special machine that evacuates the fluids in the vehicle, called a SEDA machine. This machine is specifically designed to meet EASR legislation for recycling End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs).

ELVs and EASR Legislation

If your vehicle is an End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV), the recycling process is set forth by the Environmental Waste Management rules and the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) legislation.

To properly recycle ELVs, scrap car recyclers must be licensed under the EASR. While Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. holds this license, other facilities have chosen not to be licensed and are technically breaking the law for proper scrap car recycling.

Be sure to ask your facility whether they are licensed under the EASR or not.

Removing Dangerous Liquids & Other Components

Under the EASR legislation, scrap car recyclers must safely remove the following liquids and other dangerous components from vehicles:

  • Electronic switches containing mercury
  • Battery connectors containing lead
  • Refrigerants with coolant (also known as freon)
  • Tire weights containing lead
  • Fluids including antifreeze, fuel, lubricating oil, windshield washer fluid, power steering, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)

Up to 75% of your vehicle can be recycled. Some fluids, like oils and gas, can be removed and reused or will be sent to a licensed facility for further processing. Coolants, fuels, and windshield fluids are reused or sold. Lead acid batteries are either resold or removed from our site for processing. Air conditioner fluids and refrigerants can also be sold to licensed buyers for reuse.

By ensuring that your vehicle is recycled properly, we can divert materials that may otherwise end up in a landfill. To learn more about how we recycle materials safely, and in accordance with proper environmental standards, read our blog on safe materials recycling.

If you have more questions about recycling your vehicle or how you can get money for your scrap car, contact the team at Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc.

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