Glass from broken windshields and car windows can be recycled into new glass. This is true even if the auto glass has been chipped or cracked. It does not matter how large or small the pieces of glass are. The glass can be collected in safe containers from your work site or you can arrange to drop it off at a recycling center. The waste glass is melted down and turned into new glass.
Once considered to be just an eyesore and a breeding grounds for mosquitoes, scrap tires can now be recycled into useful products for the community. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, scrap tires can be used as playground equipment, planters for gardens and for obstacle courses once they have been cleaned. Shredded tires are often used in road construction and in the construction of parking lots by mixing the shreds with asphalt and other petroleum products. The shreds can also be used as a type of mulch for use on playgrounds. The shredded tires provide a softer surface in case a child falls. Compared with crushed stone or sharp wood chips, the shredded tires may cause fewer injuries and provide better traction.
Cars consist of many types of metal, some of which are quite valuable. Most cars consist of plenty of steel and aluminum. These can be recycled even if they are rusted, corroded or damaged. If a client is having a door or engine hood replaced, the defective parts can be recycled. Old catalytic converters can also be recycled. These parts contain platinum, which has a high value on the recycling market. Metals can be mixed together for the purposes of recycling. If you do have higher value metals such as platinum or copper, you may need to separate those from the steel and aluminum.
Recycling just one gallon of motor oil saves enough energy to power a typical American household for one day. When customers come in for an oil change, the leftover oil should be stored in containers for recycling. In many places, the recycling of motor oil is mandated by law and is not allowed to be disposed of in regular trash containers. Even the containers that hold the oil can be recycled because they are made out of plastics.
Car batteries should not be thrown into the dumpster after they have failed. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, car batteries contain toxic amounts of acids and lead. All types of car batteries can be set aside for collection and recycling. The recycling process helps to keep the acids and lead out of the landfill. This is important because the lead and acids can leach into the local groundwater supply and contaminate it for future generations.
Recycling the waste products from your auto service business does not take much extra time or effort. You can even arrange to have the recyclable materials picked up so that you do not have to dedicate an area for their storage. Be sure to let your customers know that their old car parts are being recycled into new and useful things for the community.
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Econoheat.,
the world’s #1 leading waste oil boiler manufacturer.