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Is your car recyclable or landfill bound?

June 27, 2011

Each year, around 15 million vehicles are disposed of in the United States. When the cost of repairs exceeds the value of the vehicle, it is considered a “constructive total loss.” At this point, it is better to recycle the vehicle and purchase another. If you’re considering getting rid of your old car, you should know that over 95 percent of these “retired” cars head straight to one of the 7,000 vehicle recycling operations around the country and 75 percent of these car’s parts are completely recycled, letting cars claim top spot as the world’s most recycled product. As the hottest commodity at the moment, steel, iron and other metals comprise about 65 percent of the average vehicle, making the reuse of this product vital to overall automotive recycling efforts. Find out which parts of your vehicle end up in a landfill, and which parts don’t, or learn how you can recycle your own car.

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