Most people don’t give a second thought to what happens to their wrecked vehicles unless they are sentimental. The truth is that most people give all of their attention to their replacement vehicles. Thankfully, some people are thinking about what happens to those wrecked cars, and the EPA estimates that 80% of wrecked autos are recycled.
Interestingly, while most Americans are familiar with the importance of recycling plastics, only about 38.6% of plastic water bottles are recycled. This is in sharp contrast to the much less-publicized car recycling effort. Another help to car recycling statistics is the fact that over 75% percent of a vehicle is recyclable, a percentage that is higher than even most glass products or aluminum cans.
The U.S. is not the only country with recycled cars on its mind. In fact, the European Union issued a mandate that requires car manufacturers to take responsibility for the end of their cars’ lives. This means that manufacturers have to phase out hazardous and non-recyclable materials as well as make provision for their vehicles to be recycled at the end of their lives. To learn more interesting facts about the contrast of auto recycling in the U.S. and the EU, as well as the process of recycling, check out the infographic below.
Provided by L&L Automotive – What Happens to a Wrecked Car?