Why car recycling is important

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Bombsaway

At Bombsaway we want to ensure there is minimal impact from old vehicles on the environment. An old rusting bomb has the potential to add chemicals and toxic waste to our planet – we aim to be as green as possible in our practices to help save the environment, one old car at a time. Because your junk vehicle, old bomb, rust bucket, broken down mode of transport can cause harm to the environment.

If you have an old vehicle at your home or in your yard, hazardous chemicals or liquids can leak from the car onto the ground and into the groundwater system. These chemicals can cause problems for the soil and have the potential to pollute our water supply.

Bombsaway uses state of the art machinery and tools to drain all the hazardous materials from the vehicles and recycle or dispose of with care.  Disposing of your vehicle by professionals will allow you to be part of the big recycling picture and do your bit for a better environment.

Old cars and trucks can be recycled and many of the materials reused, reducing our reliance on our natural resources. When your car gets to our facility, we dismantle it, and safely dispose of oil, fluids and batteries.We recycle what is recyclable and then we crush it!

Car Metal

A major benefit of recycling cars is that the steel and other metals from their...More

Glass Windows

A staggering fact according to Clean Up Australia is that glass can take up to...More

Battery

The old car battery we remove from your vehcile is never rebuilt it always...More

Vehicle Tyres

Australia disposes of 50,000,000 tyres per year and critically most of these end...More

Hazardous Materials

At the end of its life a vehicle goes through a depollution process, meaning...More

Vehicle Oil

You might be surprised to know that the oil in your car never wears out - it just...More

Car Metal

A major benefit of recycling cars is that the steel and other metals from their parts can be reused for other purposes. This means that new ore doesn’t have to be mined and less energy is needed for the manufacture of recycled steel. This results in less air pollution, less water pollution and less mining waste, all a plus for the environment.

There are so many metallic components on a car such as aluminium car rims, door handles, chassis and frames that can be melted down for a new life in some other form.

Sometimes engine blocks and other working parts like water pumps, starter motors and alternators can re-manufactured and be given a second life saving more rubbish from our landfill.

Recycling metal uses about 74 percent less energy than making metal from the raw materials which emits less carbon dioxide and other harmful gases.

Recycled metal goes through many stages – once recovered from an old car the metals are:

  • Sorted, by eye and hand or through magnets and sensors.
  • Processed, usually shredded to help with the melting process.
  • Melted, scrap metal uses less energy that raw
  • Purified, to ensure it’s free of contaminants
  • Solidified, as it cools and then formed into basic shapes

Glass Windows

A staggering fact according to Clean Up Australia is that glass can take up to one million years to naturally break down.

Up until recently there were not many options for laminated glass to be recycled. This was because windshields typically are made with two layers of glass along with a plastic layer in the middle making it difficult to separate the layers and have the base glass to recycle. Fortunately there are now improved technologies to deal with this problem. The two components can be used for varying other products.

Glass is very adaptable and a recycling gem. The used windshields are first pulverized or crushed and then separated from the plastic membrane whereafter the glass byproduct can be utilised to manufacture new glass products or as a component of other products and applications such as concrete, fiberglass insulation, carpet backing and more. The plastic membrane can also can be used for various adhesive applications.

Battery

The old car battery we remove from your vehcile is never rebuilt it always recycled. In fact 98% of a lead acid battery can be reclaimed through recycling. The components of a lead battery are lead, plastic, silver, water and acid. These elements can be re-manufactured or must be disposed of safely.
The acid needs to be neutralised and the water purified for safe disposal, the metals are then melted down for repurposing.

Sulfuric acid – Sulfuric acid is converted to sodium sulfate to be used in the manufacture of glass, textiles, laundry detergents and fertilisers.

Lead – Battery plates, inter cell connectors and posts made from lead are melted down in a smelter furnace. The molten lead is then formed into ingots for re-use.

Polypropylene – Battery containers and lids are chipped and sent for recycling into rubbish bins, plant pots etc

It is vtally important that lead batteries are recycled safely as the components are highly toxic with lead poisoning being a major health concern.

Vehicle Tyres

Australia disposes of 50,000,000 tyres per year and critically most of these end up in landfill. That is why at Bombsaway we ensure the tyres from your old bomb go on to have another life.

Old tyres have the potential for many other uses so why risk such a negative impact on our environment when things such as burning highly combustible tyres results in air pollution and a toxic, flammable oily runoff. This waste product can be turned in to so many useful products which helps reduce greenhouse emissions.

Tryes are a valuable resource and can be used for –

  • Road surfaces
  • Athletics tracks
  • Soft fall surfaces for playgrounds
  • Rubber brake pads
  • Flooring for industrial and commercial premises
  • Building insulation
  • Alternative fuel
  • New tyre manufacturing

Did you know that recycling an old tyre has less environmental impact than producing a new one as well as preserving native forests where they are being torn down to make way for rubber planatations. At Bombsaway we want to reduce the negative impact on our environment by making sure waste products go to where they are transformed into useful recycled materials.

Motor Oil

You might be surprised to know that the oil in your car never wears out – it just gets dirty. By removing and cleaning the oil from your old bomb we can send it to be used in other products such as industrial burner fuel, hydraulic oil or re-refined back into new lubricating oil.

If old oil is disposed of incorrectly it can find its way into our river systems and potentially pollutes land, water and infrastructure so that’s why at Bombsaway  we recover and recycle as much of the oil from your old bomb as possible. Did you know it only takes only one litre of oil to contaminate one million litres of water so we know what an environmental disaster old used engine oil can cause.

Hazardous Materials

At the end of its life a vehicle goes through a depollution process, meaning that it is has all of the hazardous materials or components safely removed so as no harm can come to the environment from thoughtless disposal of pollutants.

Most people don’t realise how many contaminant substances are found and used in their vehicle such as windscreen wash, coolants, antifreeze, gas and fuel. These need to be dispoased of carefully to protect both the environment, and people, as if one of those substances were to enter the food chain or water supply, it would create an array of health problems. We segregate the hazardous liquids and accumulate them for safe disposal. We can recover gas, antifreeze, transmission and brake lubricants and fluids for environmentally and ethical removal and destruction.

Donate

One other possible recycling reuse for your old vehicle is for use by WA Emergency Services for training purposes. If you would like to donate your old bomb you can find out more information on the Donate page of our website.