When vehicles come to the end of their working life, either due to age, neglect or a road traffic accident its rewarding to know that most will be recycled in some way. The majority of the weight n any vehicle will be the metals used to construct the engine, body, suspension gearbox and running gear. There are 2 ways to recycle these components and that is to resell the parts and re-use on another vehicle, this also reduces manufacturing costs and the energy involved to make new. The metal parts that are left including the body, can be melted down and recycled as food cans or maybe another new car.
Plastics can also be recycled, such as bumpers, dashboards and trims, these can end up as plastic bottles and containers. Seats can be made from plastic and a coverings that not always can be re-used, and it may be a case of disposing correctly. Just as we have bottle banks to recycle glass, windscreens and door glass can be recycled to become more bottles.
Not Everything Can Be Re-cycled
What is difficult to dispose are the fluids found in any old car, such as brake fluid, oils and battery acids. These have to disposed of legally and in a safe way, which is why only licensed ATF companies can do the final process of applying for a Certificate Of Destruction deom the DVLA. The liquids often end up being disposed of in designated underground areas reserved for chemicals that are either toxic, or not safe to the environment. The days of tipping all liquids down the drain are well and truly gone. Many scrap car dealers, remove parts first then pay to have the vehicle go through the final process, if they are not an ATF company themselves.
Built For Be Re-Used
The reality is that the modern car is built to be disposable and the laws regarding scrapping a vehicle are very strict, compared to household items like small batteries pr small plastic items that take too much time to separate.