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Different ways to recycle your old vehicle

Recycling has a big impact on the global automotive industry. What does this mean to you personally? In this tech blog, we’ll give some tips on how to recycle your old vehicle.

Sell or donate your vehicle

The first step in recycling your vehicle is to consider whether it can be sold or donated. If your car is still in good condition, it may be worth selling or donating to a charity. This will give the vehicle a second life and prevent it from being scrapped. If you choose to sell your vehicle, you can use the money to help offset the cost of a new, more efficient vehicle. One advantage of recycling your car, is that you can also discontinue your insurance.

Choose a reputable partner

If your vehicle is no longer functional or too expensive to repair, it’s time to find an auto recycling centre. It’s important to choose a reputable facility that follows all environmental regulations and recycles as much of the car as possible. Ask for recommendations from local recyclers or do your research online to find a scrapping specialist that meets your needs.

Remove hazardous materials

Before your vehicle is recycled, it’s important to remove all potentially hazardous materials, such as electronics, batteries, fuel, and oil. These components and materials can harm the environment if not disposed of properly. Most recycling centres will handle this process for you, but be sure to confirm beforehand.

Salvage what’s valuable

Once the hazardous materials are removed, the recycler will begin to salvage valuable parts and materials from the vehicle. This includes the catalytic converter, metals, plastics, carbon fibre, electronics, tyres and glass. These extracted materials can be reused in the production of new vehicles or other products, reducing the need for new materials.

Dispose of the remaining waste

Finally, any remaining waste from the vehicle will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. This may include shredding the vehicle into small pieces and separating the materials for recycling or disposal. Thanks to post-shredder technology, recyclers are now even able to recover recycled fractions from the already processed waste stream. Doing so minimises the need to incinerate or landfill any materials.


Recycling your old vehicle is an important step in reducing your carbon footprint and helping the environment. By selling or donating your vehicle, choosing a reputable auto recycling center, removing hazardous materials, salvaging valuable materials, and disposing of remaining waste properly, you can ensure that your old vehicle is recycled in a responsible and sustainable way. When, after getting rid of your old car, you still decide to get a new one. Then don’t just consider a more affordable insurance policy through, but also consider the durability of your car. Not for nothing, therefore, more and more people are opting for electric cars and fuel cars will disappear completely in the long run.

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