What are the environmental benefits of scrapping your car?

All cars need to be disposed of once they become undrivable. When you scrap your car, you are trusting legally authorised facilities to ensure your car is disposed of safely. You may be wondering, how environmentally friendly is the decision to scrap my vehicle? Here are some benefits:

Reduces carbon footprint

When your car is recycled, metals are repurposed instead of being created from scratch. When new metal is made, greenhouse gases are emitted, which contribute to global warming. Instead, recycled material reduces emissions by around two tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of product.

Avoids the harm caused by toxic substances

Deteriorating metals can be harmful to the environment, as well as other pollutants that a car contains such as oils, tyres, batteries, and hazardous liquids which can leak. All these materials are dangerous for wildlife and land, but this harm can be avoided by recycling your car.

Reduces landfill

Landfills contain un-recycled waste which releases harmful substances into land and water. Cars that aren’t disposed of properly release methane when they break down, a greenhouse gas that is toxic to the environment. Recycling your vehicle to a trusted car disposal service ensures that all parts are recycled separately and safely, reducing landfill.

Avoids mining new material

In the UK, car scrapping must adhere to environmental regulations, to make sure that all the different car parts are recycled properly. If your car is recycled, you are contributing to the reduction of mining new materials like metal and cutting down on the use of fossil fuels such as coal which is also used when melting steel.

All parts of the car are recycled

When you take your vehicle to the car scrap service, no part of it goes to waste. Every material has a chance to be put to good use. The vehicle is drained of fluid that is carefully disposed of, including steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, battery acid, sodium azide, and even mercury – all of which are harmful to the environment but safely disposed of whilst complying with environmental regulations.

If you want to make sure your car isn't polluting the environment, car scrapping is likely the best choice for you. If you need a responsible, legal and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of your vehicle, contact Motorwise today.

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