How are car parts recycled in New Zealand?
The recycling process starts with end of life cars that are received from the public, a car collection company or an insurance company who’s looking to regain some money. The cars are assessed for their condition and test-driven if possible. The state of the cars varies from broken down to crashed beyond repair.
The batteries and tyres are removed and are either sold or sent to centres that recycle batteries and tyres.
All the fluids and oils are carefully drained from the car and sent to recycling centres. Some fluids, like engine oil, can be fully recycled and put back into engines.
In the next process, the car is entered into our computer system, all the good car parts are earmarked for sale and remain on the database. Once this is completed, the rest of the car is dismantled and sent to a crusher and a metal recycling plant.
Car recycling is a very important part in the life cycle of cars, this is the environmentally friendly option to dispose of cars. Not only do we take all the hazardous parts and dispose of them safely, we recycle them to reduce the impact on our environment.
We prefer to purchase the entire vehicle and to start the salvage process as this allows us to see the process end to end. We can also then ensure that all the possible recyclable parts are disposed of correctly.
Car parts that can be recycled and reused
Used engine oil. The motor oil doesn’t wear out, it just gets dirty. Improperly disposing of these fluids will contaminate soils, streams, rivers and groundwater.
Oil filters. Used oil filters can be recycled and must be disposed of properly.
Auto glass. Most windshields end up in landfill as it can be really difficult to recycle the glass, it is sandwiched between two sheets of plastic. Some windscreen replacement companies in New Zealand now have the capabilities to recycle the windscreen glass.
Engines and transmission. Many mechanics rebuild damaged engines, offering a more environmentally friendly option to dispose of your engines and transmission.
Scrap metal. Aluminium car rims, door handles and other scrap metal from damaged cars can be sold to metal years where they are melted down.
Car batteries. Recycling batteries is a lot better than disposing of them incorrectly, risking contamination of the soil and waterways of New Zealand.
Water pumps. Water pumps can be re-manufactured and reused when they break.
Starters and alternators. These parts can be re-manufactured too. They can be expensive when bought brand new, so choosing this option makes sense environmentally and financially.
Plastics. Gas tanks, dashboards, bumpers and other plastics from cars can be recycled.
Belts. Belts and chains can be reused if they do not show any signs of needing a replacement.
Rubber hoses. These can be recycled and reused.
Mats and carpets. Carpeting is almost never recyclable, but a wrecker may be able to strip these from the car and sell them second hand.
We accept cars of all makes for wrecking, if you are looking for a specific car or car-part, enquire with us today to see how we can help you.
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