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End of Life Car Depollution: What’s Involved?

At the end of its life, it is of the utmost importance that a car is disposed of and depolluted responsibly. You must ensure that the polluting components of the car don’t find their way into an ecosystem that they could destabilise. The process by which this is done, for the most part, isn’t something that the general public necessarily knows or understands.

However, we here at Hill Metal Recycling believe it’s essential for environmental safety that everyone knows just why it’s important to depollute scrap cars. As such, in this month’s article we’ll be detailing the process.

Proper and Safe Vehicle Mounting

First of all, the vehicle has to be safely mounted before the car depollution process can begin. This involves raising the car using a secure rig capable of holding the weight of the vehicle. The rig will provide the engineers with access to all of the inner workings of the car and ensure their safety while depolluting it.

Fuel and Oil Recovery

When it comes to the end of a vehicle’s life, a professional team dedicated to both the safe removal and recycling of its particularly polluting aspects. This also includes any fuel and oil that may still be in the engine and vehicle. Fossil fuels, such as petrol and diesel, can be especially damaging to wildlife and water supplies if leaked. Additionally, though they aren’t as abundant in the vehicle as fuel, engine oil, brake fluids and any other fluids in the car can also be harmful.

What’s more, the flammable nature of fuel means there is always the risk of fire and explosions to contend with. Combustible fossil fuels can’t be simply written off and not worried about. All fuels and oils in the engine must be responsibly recovered, stored and dispensed to maintain high standards of health and safety and environmental wellbeing.

Detonation of Airbags

Undetonated airbags in derelict vehicles destined for the recycling plant pose a massive health and safety risk for those who’ll be salvaging it. As a result, the detonation of all the airbags in the vehicle must be done during the depollution phase to avoid any nasty injuries.

Removal of Electronics and Battery

All electronic components in the vehicle are also removed during the depolluting process. This includes the headlights, the vehicle’s battery and internal lights, as well as the air conditioning and onboard computer. These parts would most certainly be detrimental to the environment if left unattended, but for the most part they can also be recycled.

Hill Metal Recycling provide unrivalled services across a range of recycling fields, including end of life car depollution and metal recycling. We are the premier metal recyclers of Harlow, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. Our affiliation with the DVLA and Environment Agency bodies, our vast experience and professional qualifications all demonstrate our commitment to providing an excellent service. Also, we offer a 24 hour scrap collection service, including cars, for commercial and some domestic needs. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team today!