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Here at Recycling Monkey we have a greener approach to car recycling. We follow a four step process when deciding exactly how to recycle a car. This enables us to decide the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way to handle each car or van, from repairing the vehicle to salvaging the parts or recovering the material.
If the car can be economically repaired for re-use it will be, if not we will consider which parts are of sufficiently good quality that they may be re-used. Parts will be cleaned and inspected for damage. Electrical parts such as alternators and starter motors will be quality tested prior to re-selling.
Some parts can be used again following some repair or re-engineering work. For example; replacing seals and springs so we can provide assurance that the refurbished part will have a determinable service life.
If the part cannot be re-used or re-manufactured, then many components and parts can be recycled. This involves reducing the part to its component materials so that it can be re-processed into new forms.
Even if we can’t re-use, re-manufacture or recycle some materials, it may be possible to recover the energy from certain parts of an end-of-life car. The most obvious example is engine oil, this often contains impurities and cannot just be re-used. However, properly collected waste oil can be refined to produce a valuable energy resource.