How Recycling Your Car Reduces Its Environmental Impact

 In Auto Part Tips, Auto Recycling, Car Care Tips, Engines & Transmissions, Used Auto Parts

At Logel’s Auto Parts in Kitchener, we’re proud to be leaders of environmental protection in our community. By recycling auto parts, we divert dangerous items and materials from landfills. Here are some of the best things we recycle from your car for environmental impact.

1) Catalytic Converters

Catalytic converters convert the dangerous gases produced by your car into exhaust. They’re made using some of the most precious materials on earth, including platinum and palladium, as well as copper, nickel, cerium, iron and manganese. By recycling materials like this, we can reduce the need for mining and using even more of the earth’s precious resources. Mining requires a lot of energy and produces even more greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s important to recycle as much as we can.

2) Wiring Harnesses

Copper is one of the most in-demand natural resources, and the demand is only growing. Copper is used throughout the auto industry for wiring, and large amounts of copper are used in the wiring for hybrid vehicles, which are becoming more popular. The value of copper is incredibly high, and this demand means that recycling your car’s wiring can help us keep copper out of landfills and recycle it for reuse.

3) Engine Blocks & Transmissions

Aluminum is used in your car’s engine blocks and transmissions because it’s a fast, safe and cost-effective way to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions. Aluminum is also highly recyclable – up to 90% of the aluminum in your car can be recycled. Recycling just one ton of aluminum can save the energy equivalent of up to 21 barrels of oil.

4) Body & Frame

Up to 85% of your car can be recycled, and a large part of that is your car’s body and frame. We recycle your car’s body and frame to use it for scrap metal – that is, metal that can be re-fabricated and turned into a new item. This reduces the need for producing more metals, and reduces the amount of energy needed to produce new car parts and other items.

By recycling your car, you can help reduce the amount of metals that end up in landfills, reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the amount of energy needed to mine and produce metals. Looking to sell your car? Get a quote from Logel’s Auto Parts in Kitchener-Waterloo!

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  • the-interface

    Excellent blog it was helpful for us. Thanks for the post.

  • the-interface

    Wonderful blog it was helpful for us. Thanks for the help and

    keep going.


    Hi – I have two sets of winter tires on rims for cars that I no longer own. Do you take old tires and rims, either for recycling or purchase?


    Cameron Mitchell

    • Matt Jacobs

      Hi Cameron, we do take in old tires to be recycled, feel free to drop them off at anytime.

  • Derek dewitt

    I never realized that copper was so important in the auto industry and in-demand for wiring. I’ve been thinking about replacing an old car of mine myself, so I might have to do this soon. Hopefully I can get a decent price for any copper in my car when I recycle it. Thanks for sharing!

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