ENVIROMENTALLY SAFE CAR SCRAPPING - 2011-01-21
Finding somebody willing to scrap your car when it’s come to the end of its’ useful life is, in itself, a fairly simple prospect. A quick leaf through the phone book or trawl on the internet will throw up many firms keen to take your old vehicle off your hands and, indeed, offering to pay for the privilege. Scrapping a car, however, is not a simple process, not if you wish to do so in a way which minimises and indeed removes any threat to the environment. The average car is a mass of metal, plastics, glass, various fluids and other dangerous substances which, if not dealt with properly, can cause great damage to the environment.
That’s why, at ScrapCar.co.uk, we don’t offer to pay you for scrapping your car. We’re a government approved, fully licenced company who’ll only use authorised treatment facilities and will go to every length to ensure that all of the harmful components of your car are removed and sent for specialist disposal or recycling, leaving the solid metal bulk of the vehicle to be shredded. Such is the complexity of the procedure that the idea of funding vehicle recycling and paying for the privilege is frankly risible. Firms that offer cash to scrap your car are making up the shortfall by cutting corners elsewhere, and that’s something we’d never do.
To fully understand this situation, please read a fairly brief description of what happens to the vehicle once we take it off your hands. Rest assured, there’s a lot more to it than simply crushing the car into a cube.....
The car will be taken to a dedicated, covered depollution building where, as the first step in the process, the battery will be removed and sent away for recycling, after which the air bags are deployed and removed, before the car is lifted and the tyres taken off and sent away for retreading, recovery or fuel replacement. So far, so simple, perhaps, but there’s a long way to go yet before your car has been safely dealt with. Hazardous materials, such as mercury switches, are taken off the car and the air condition fluid is drained. The next step is one of the key parts of the whole process; the car is first earthed to discharge any static lurking within, and then the vehicle is connected to a depollution rig, a hi tech piece of equipment which has individual sealed tanks into which are drained the cars petrol, diesel, waste oil, coolant, windscreen fluid and brake fluid. Each of these can now be sent for specialist recycling or recovery. As you’re doubtless realising, the scrapping process, if done properly, is lengthy, complex and equipment intense, relying on both our own expertise and our links with other experts in the field, experts who’ll deal with the products we carefully remove from your car.
Once the vehicle’s been drained we can remove parts such as the catalytic converter and oil filter, and all of the glass in the vehicle, such as the windows, headlights etc. You’re doubtless familiar with the need to recycle all of your household glass, and this is the same green principle being applied to your car. Next, large plastic parts such as the bumpers are removed and smaller parts like the lights will be dismantled and sent for specialised recycling.
By now we’ll be left with the metal bulk of your car, which can be safely shredded and recycled. As you’ll see, if it’s done properly, and in line with European regulations, scrapping a car is a long, complicated, expensive process, so if you want to be certain that it’s handled safely, get in touch with your local branch of ScrapCar.co.uk.