Scrap car recycling
More than 80 percent of a car can be recycled provided that a modern shredding plant is used.
At a time of steadily climbing commodity prices, the large amounts of non-ferrous metals as well as the iron fractions are becoming increasingly valuable, and can be reclaimed and recycled.
However, all of the items that present risks for the shredding process must be removed. This mainly concerns gas tanks, gas cylinders and hazardous wastes. In addition, airbags and belt tighteners must be neutralised. After these initial checks many more items must also be removed.
These include the battery (lead-acid battery), tyres (including the spare wheel), fuel (petrol or diesel), all the oil (engine and gearbox lubricant, and hydraulic fluid), other fluids (coolant, antifreeze and brake fluid), as well as the catalytic converter.
The tanks are removed and vented to prevent the risk of explosions. All windscreens and back windows that are not bonded are sent for waste glass recycling. After the manual removal of contaminants the drained scrap car is mechanically demolished by the shredder.
2000 HP shredder
Two input rollers force the scrap car into the shredder. Inside the machine, a 30-tonne rotor spins at 600 rpm. Sixteen hammers are mounted on the rotor, and these shear the car body into small pieces. After this the scrap and shredder waste are separated by a number of processes. Our 2000 HP shredder can break down 80 cars per hour into valuable secondary materials.
What happens to these materials? The ferrous and non-ferrous metals are sent for smelting. They are much sought-after materials because of their high purity and bulk density The same applies to the waste tyres, which are now widely used in the form of rubber granulate.
Free end-of-life vehicle collection
Since 1 January 2007 it has been possible for the last holders and/or owners of all vehicles to deliver them to an authorised treatment facility (ATF) designated by the vehicle manufacturer or importer concerned. The ATF must accept the vehicles free of charge. This means that all end-of-life vehicles can be taken to Loacker Recycling free of charge.