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Can You Recycle Your Car?

By Bill DeBoer on Apr 22, 2021 11:45:00 AM

Topics: DeBoer's Auto
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The month of April is significant in many ways, and one of those ways is the celebration of Earth Day. A lot of attention gets placed on recycling for plenty of good reasons. Consumers can do their part by recycling everyday items, and businesses can go out of their way to recycle various items as well. At DeBoer’s Auto, we do our best to recycle everything possible and even educate our customers on what can be recycled on their vehicles. We’ve got you covered with some valuable information on vehicle recycling.

Vehicles Are The Most Recycled Items On The Planet


Most people don’t know that vehicles are the most recycled items on the planet. So when you get rid of your car that doesn’t work anymore, up to 80% of it by weight can be recycled and repurposed. Around 25 million tons of components from vehicles are recycled per year across the world. And speaking solely about the United States, automotive recycling is the 16th largest industry in the country. 

How Vehicles Can Be Recycled

Recycle your car to help the environment.When your vehicle has reached the end of its life in its current form, many of the parts on it can be used to restore other vehicles. Just because a vehicle doesn’t run anymore doesn’t mean all of the parts are faulty. Many companies will even buy the parts to repurpose them in other vehicles. Even engines, differentials, and similar items can be reconditioned and used as replacement parts for certain vehicles. Batteries, tires, and fluids can also be recycled easily. Any plastic parts are typically melted down to be used in new pieces of plastic. Glass parts usually aren’t salvageable, but can be recycled in some situations.

Every Vehicle Lives Many Lives 

Roughly 85% of new steel created for vehicles is made from recycled vehicles. So whether you have a brand new vehicle or have driven the same vehicle for many years, you should know that it likely has been part of a different vehicle at some point. And the current vehicle you’re driving will likely also be a part of a different vehicle in the future.

Auto recycled We can all do our part to recycle and contribute to a healthier and cleaner earth. DeBoer’s Auto makes it a point to recycle everything possible and educate others on doing the same. With so many recyclable components on vehicles, it’s easy to salvage many of the parts and repurpose them. For any questions or tips on how to recycle your vehicle, contact us today.SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT

Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.