Junk Car Fluid Recycling 1.0
Columbus Scrap Cars is back with the latest in the auto scrap and recycling news and information. Do you need junk vehicle removal or junk my car services in Upper Arlington, Westerville, or Whitehall? Our junk vehicle buyer is on hand to process your old car removal and begin the old car scrap process. The program is easy when you call (614) 715-5005 to coordinate junk vehicle removal in the areas of Worthington, Brice, and Harrisburg. To receive junk my car services in Madison, Mifflin, or Norwich, contact our junk vehicle buyer for fast old car removal. This next segment is the first of a series explaining how auto fluids that we capture from scrap cars and the challenges they present as we strive to recycle them. CSC is proud to be a “green” organization that is focused on protecting the environment here in Ohio.
Antifreeze is the first potentially toxic fluid from salvage cars that we will cover. The US EPA tells us the following in their Common Wastes & Materials section of epa.gov: “Antifreeze is a substance added to a solvent, such as water, to lower its freezing point. It is usually added to water in the cooling system of an engine so that it can be cooled below the freezing point of water without freezing. Ethylene glycol is the most common automotive cooling-system antifreeze, although methanol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and propylene glycol are also used. The brine used in some commercial refrigerators is an antifreeze-type mixture; it is typically a solution of calcium chloride or propylene glycol. Antifreeze can be toxic to humans & animals; it contains heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and chromium in high levels to potentially be regulated hazardous waste. Most states regulate antifreeze disposal; it should not be dumped on land or discharged it into a sanitary sewer, storm drain, ditch, dry well, or septic system. Used antifreeze can cause serious water quality problems.
Conventional antifreeze lasts about 2-3 years. Alternate chemicals in extended-life coolants allow it to last 5 years or up to 150K miles. Recycling used antifreeze makes sense for two reasons: 1) It is cost-effective, and 2) It saves resources. Ethylene glycol, the primary ingredient, is produced from natural gas, which is a finite, non-renewable resource. For companies that use a lot of antifreeze, like automobile repair shops, setting up an antifreeze recycling program can reduce costs and lessen the amount of new material they buy. With technology, businesses are recycling antifreeze on-site and reconditioning it at a much lower cost than purchasing it new.
Antifreeze recycling involves two steps:
1. Removing contaminants such as oils & metals either by filtration, distillation, reverse osmosis, or ion exchange.
2. Restoring it’s properties with additives; these chemicals raise and stabilize pH, inhibit rust & corrosion, reduce water scaling, and slow the breakdown of ethylene glycol.
New technology lets generators of spent antifreeze recycle antifreeze on site by removing contaminants and reconditioning it with additives, at a cost that is significantly lower than the cost of purchasing new antifreeze. Another option for recycling antifreeze includes power flushing the radiator, restoring the coolant, and topping off the vehicle with fresh coolant in a closed loop. Recycling saves resources since a primary ingredient, ethylene glycol, is produced from natural gas, a non-renewable resource. The full report is available at this link.
We handle old car scrap
Get free junk vehicle removal when you scrap your car with us. We are a local, dedicated ‘junk my car’ outfit that gives you a price right over the phone in the regions of Dublin, Gahanna, and Grandview Heights. Our junk vehicle buyer is awaiting your call and will give you a price for the scrap value of your car. Residents of Groveport, Hilliard, and New Albany that need old car removal and seek to use our old car scrap services are encouraged to act now. The market price for a scrap car has dipped a bit lately due to conditions in the commodity values. Where should I scrap a car for cash? Any junk car service provider that is committed to environmentally sound recycling practices will work. We at Columbus Scrap Cars are certainly an eco-friendly solution for recycling your old car.