What materials from your scrap car can be reused or recycled?

When you scrap your car through vehicle recyclers, you might be wondering whether it all goes to waste. However, the reality is that this couldn't be further from the truth! Much of your car and its various material goes to another use, whether it be repurposed for a different item or reused in a new car build in some form. Whatever you may think, your beloved car will live to see another day - albeit, just in different ways.

So what materials from your car will be salvageable following its scrap at a car disposal centre? Read on to find out.


For years now, steel has been one of the most common materials used in car making. Its lightness and durability make it a versatile choice for many car parts, resulting in many new uses once your car is scrapped. Depending on the condition of the scrapped steel in question, it could be seeing usage in the construction industry, or else melted down to form new car parts such as the doors, chassis or rooftop body panels!


Granted, more and more of newer car models are relying less on plastic as more environmentally friendly alternatives for car construction appear. However, many cars being scrapped are likely old models, so there's a good chance your car still has some plastic in use somewhere. Sometimes plastic parts can be upcycled into unusual pieces, such as modernist art decorations or even jewellery! Either way, scrapping your car keeps its plastic out of our oceans, which is crucial for the health of the planet.


More specifically, we mean copper wiring. Copper wiring is usually the go-to choice for wiring all of your car's electrical components together thanks to its incomparable conductivity. Because of its great properties, copper wiring can be melted down and remoulded into new wires or similar items. Often, the copper wiring of your car is recycled into new car parts. Talk about keeping it in the family (sort of)!

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