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Guide to the Auto Recycling Process

The Role of an Auto Recycler in North America
by Andrew MacDonald, P. Eng (PowerPoint Show, 3MB; also available in PDF, 900KB)

  • Latest available studies estimate the gross annual revenues at $10 billion.

  • Automotive recycling keeps highways and roads clear of abandoned and disabled vehicles from insurance companies, this allowing for recovery of financial losses.

  • Recycling vehicles provides enough steel to produce almost 13 million new vehicles.

  • In 1997, auto recyclers acquired 4.7 million vehicles for the purpose of recycling.

  • An estimated 11 million gallons of oil and 6 million tires were recycled in 1997.

  • Automotive recyclers spent nearly $50 million on environmental compliance in 1997.

  • Automotive recyclers provide wholesale and retail customers quality parts that sell for up to 50%
    less than the comparable new parts.

  • Automotive recycling businesses employ over 46,000 people at more than 7,000 businesses in the U.S.
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