- Published 18/10/2021
The environmental benefits of salvaging your car
If your car is in a state of disrepair, you might be considering having it salvaged by a licensed expert. If you're conscious of minimising the negative impact you have on the environment, read on to find out about the environmental benefits of salvaging your car.
It reduces the amount of metal being produced
If you're an environmentally conscious person, you'll know that mining is not a sustainable source of energy. Mining releases harmful toxins into our air, earth and water and releases fossil fuels. Salvage yards, however, are a source of some of the most common metals used today, like steel. The more metal sourced through salvage yard recycling, the less mining is required to source metal to create products such as vehicles, computers, phones and much more.
It prevents pollution
Cars contain a huge number of chemicals that are harmful to the environment, such as battery acid, power steering fluid and antifreeze. On average, junk cars contain between 5-10 gallons of harmful chemicals. If these chemicals aren't disposed of properly, they can cause serious damage to the wildlife in the surrounding area, as well as any surrounding water sources and soil. Not to mention that they can also be a huge health risk to humans!
It's also essential to dispose of car batteries properly because they can't be simply tossed into landfills. Car batteries release lead into the environment, but they can be put to good use by a licensed vehicle salvage company.
It reduces waste
While your disused car might not be of practical use to you anymore, a salvage car still has many parts that still function properly and can be put to use in other vehicles. Simply throwing these valuable parts away would be extremely wasteful and damaging to the environment. By consulting with a vehicle salvage specialist like Motorwise, you can rest assured that your vehicle will have a new lease of life elsewhere.
Contact our experts
If you'd like to learn more about salvaging your car or you'd like to speak to one of our experts, get in touch with our team at Motorwise by giving us a call or by filling in our online contact form.