Tips for Recycling Old Car Parts

Whether you are replacing a single part of your car or scrapping the entire vehicle, there are likely some old parts that can be recycled. Knowing which parts can and cannot be recycled is crucial for reducing the number of parts that end up in landfills when they do not need to. As leading providers of responsible waste disposal services and bin rentals, the team at Onestop Disposal understands the importance of recycling and keeping certain items out of the trash. That is why our team has provided some tips for recycling old car parts alongside a list of common parts that can be recycled to help you make a responsible disposal decision.

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4 Types of Car Parts that can be Recycled

Instead of throwing car parts in the garbage or taking them to the dump, it is worth determining if they can be recycled. The following 4 types of old car parts can typically be recycled:

1. Used Motor Oil and Filters

Motor oil never wears out; it only gets dirty. Improper disposal of motor oil or an oil filter can lead to contaminated soil, streams, rivers, and groundwater. Used motor oil and oil filters are accepted through the BC Used Oil Recycling Program. If you are looking to recycle your motor oil and filter after completing an oil change, take them to a certified collection centre in your area. These facilities will thoroughly clean and treat motor oil so it can be reused, reducing the need for additional oil production.

2. Auto Glass

Your windshield and all other windows feature a mixture of glass and plastic that can likely be recycled. If you are going to scrap your vehicle, be sure to determine that these glass elements are removed by a professional beforehand. Reclaimed auto glass can be transformed into fibreglass insulation, concrete blocks, and glass bottles while the plastic can be reused in carpet glue and other products.

3. Batteries

Among hazardous car parts, car batteries can have one of the most substantial effects on the environment if they end up in a landfill. Car batteries should be sent to recycling centres or back to the manufacturer to ensure that the toxic chemicals inside, such as lead, do not contaminate other nearby items or soil.

4. Old Tires

Tires that are thrown away end up being burned, causing excessive pollution. Instead of throwing tires in a dumpster or leaving them at the dump, take them to a nearby automotive shop, car dealer, or recycling centre. Recycled tires can be used to produce asphalt for highways and road repairs, a far better alternative to oily pollutants.

To learn more about responsible waste disposal or to inquire about our bin rentals, get in touch with the team at Onestop Disposal. We can be reached by phone at 604-613-5271 or through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.