Future Impact of New Technology on Auto Recycling
As electric, hybrid and just more technologically advanced vehicles make their impact on the automobile industry in general, recycling companies are taking notice. Electric and hybrid vehicles have given auto recyclers a challenge due to the volatile lithium batteries. Recyclers are also facing the decision of whether to invest in the expensive technology needed to handle the dismantling of these units. Some recyclers are waiting for the supply of EV and hybrid vehicles to reach a point where its economically viable to them.
“…moving forward it will be important for recyclers to build partnerships with automakers to understand how best to recycle batteries and deal with the potentially dangerous aspect of the technology – both chemical and electrical” – Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Will Impact Auto Recyclers, American Recycler
Keep in mind too the other technologies to watch for including autonomous vehicles, driver override systems, active window displays and other seemingly futuristic changes to the automobile as we know it.
Environmental Benefit of Advanced Remarketing Services
The environmental benefits of the auto recycling industry are pretty clear. Recently, students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) completed a study to determine the positive environmental impact of members of the Automotive Recyclers of Massachusetts (ARM).
“What the automotive recyclers are doing is saving materials, saving energy and impacting the environment in a positive way, in a great sense,” said Professor Brajendra Mishra, PhD, director of the Metal Processing Institute at WPI
Using the findings of this report and applying it to the work that we do at Advanced Remarketing Services makes a significant impact around the United States. In 2017, the volume of cars remarketed into the recycling stream by ARS represents about 385,000 tons of carbon dioxide that was saved by eliminating the need to produce new materials. To put that into perspective the amount of CO2 that we helped save would be enough to power more than 47,500 homes’ electricity use for one year!
Needless to say we couldn’t be prouder of the environmental success contributed by Advanced Remarketing Services and our employees. As Earth’s resources continue to be exhausted, the automotive recycling industry needs to push the circular economy of auto manufacturing and recycling.
How to Recycle a Car
Any car can be recycled even if it’s not in running condition and just a hunk of junk sitting in your driveway. There’s no curbside pickup program for auto recycling (that would be easy) but all you have to do is find a recycling facility in your area. You can sell your car directly to one of these recyclers for cash, just remember to remove your personal belongings, cancel your insurance and handle the title transfer properly. We actually have a great resource for title transfers in each state right on our site and even have produced videos from our helpful staff!