Preserving our environment for future generations is extremely important to Butchko Bros., Inc.. New technologies have made the automotive recycler one of the most environmentally friendly industries in the nation.
Are you doing your part? We are!!
The national statistics are:
*Over 95% of all vehicles that come off the road are recycled through Automotive
*Approximately 85% of a vehicle’s weight is recyclable.
This is how Butchko Bros., Inc. handles the typical “scrap” vehicle:
*Any useable parts are inventoried and removed from the vehicle for resale.
*The antifreeze is drained and resold.
*All gasoline and wiper fluid is drained, filtered, and used for our delivery vehicles.
*All of the “oils” are drained and used to heat our building.
*The tires are removed. The good ones are resold. We pay an outside source to haul the scrap ones to a tire recycler. New tires contain up to 10% recycled rubber. Recycled tire rubber is also used in floor mats & mud flaps.
*Batteries are removed. They are either resold or sent to a battery recycler.
*Damaged or defective starters, alternators, radiators, condensers, catalytic converters, etc are all sold to remanufacturing companies.
*Non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, bass, copper, etc are removed, stored and sold
respective processing companies.
*And the final stage: The bulk car body is “flattened” and sold to a recycler. The remaining car is comprised of 68% ferrous metal (metal containing iron). This metal is processed and is 100% re-useable.
By Purchasing Recycled Vehicle Parts, You'll Also Be Helping To Save Our Environment
There's more to the recycled parts story than saving money on auto repairs. Our industry consolidates and recycles damaged, abandoned, and inoperable vehicles, making our remaining countryside, streets, and neighborhoods safer and more pleasant places in which to live and enjoy. By recycling automotive parts, we save the natural ores, resources, and energy needed to manufacture new automotive parts.
The automobile is one of the few major manufactured products that has a percentage of its components reused, or recycled. Each automotive part that is resold and reused represents energy savings in the manufacturing of new replacement parts. Saving this energy reduces air pollution as well as our nation's dependence on foreign oil. In Pennsylvania alone, the recycling of automobiles represents an annual conservation of 1,212,698 barrels of oil...enough energy savings to heat more than 50,000 homes.
Recycled vehicles are the number one source of our national scrap metal supply. Tons of cast iron, steel, aluminum, platinum, copper, and lead are recovered annually by the automotive recycling industry.
As you can see, the automotive recycling industry has a major impact on the resource conservation...but the story doesn't end there. Recycling automotive parts also helps keep vehicle insurance costs affordable. Often an automotive recycler will pay an insurance company thousands of dollars for a damaged late model vehicle, reducing the insurance company's "total claim costs." This means lower vehicle insurance premiums for consumers.
The previous article was taken from www.parts.org. It was included here because we think it helps you, the consumer; make a wiser choice when buying automotive parts. We encourage you to visit this site for more information.