Recycling the Parts of a Junk Car, Part 2

A large percentage of the parts in your new vehicle are made from recycled plastic. Many of those vehicle parts come from such plastic products as plastic caps, bottles, and packing materials. In addition to plastic, nearly 60% of the weight of a junk car comes from steel and iron, which will never compose in a landfill.  Once a car’s fluid has been drained its parts are dismantled and it is usually flattened by a crusher machine. The next step is when a shredding machine rips the flattened vehicle into small pieces.  A piece of equipment with large magnets then separates the steel from other materials.

Much of the steel from junk cars goes right back into cars after it is recycled. Recycled steel is often used in the trunks, panels, hoods, and doors of new cars. The steel from junkers is also commonly used in household appliances, cans, construction materials, furnaces, elevators, airplane hangars, bridges, and much more. When new resources don’t have to be used to process new steel, an enormous amount of energy can be saved.

Additional metals that can be recycled from junked cars include aluminum, which is often used in new wheels, transmission cases, engine heads, alternator housings, radiators, and transmission fluid coolers. It’s estimated that approximately 90% of vehicle aluminum is recycled, often for new car parts. Find out more about recycling vehicles at, a leading company that recycles scrap cars in Morris County, NJ.