Recycle For a Better Tomorrow

Recycling Car Parts: Save The World and Get Paid

Aside from iron and steel, cars contain other valuable materials such as glass, rubber that can be reused. By recycling your car parts, you are in support of the responsible destruction of automobiles whose spare parts are used in the creation of other cars or entirely new products. Every year, over 12 million cars are sent to the salvage yards, and this comprehensive guide will inform you on how you can make some money while you are at it. Here is a breakdown of how you can get cash for cars.

Car Batteries

Batteries are practically made to be recycled and are the single most recycled car parts in the United States. Car batteries contain acid, plastics, and lead that are harmful to plant and animal life and therefore need proper disposal or recycling.

When handling a used car battery, ensure that you use gloves and store it in a cool and low-temperature area away from open flames. Before selling your used car battery, be sure to check your state regulations.


One of the most long-lasting materials made by man, glass takes an estimated 1 million years to decompose. Unlike glass-bottle recycling, car auto glass contains a layer of polyvinyl butyral that prevents the glass from shattering that needs extra treatment.

Still, selling your auto glass intact can be lucrative, especially if you have a classic vehicle whose parts are hard to come by.

Starters and Alternators

Starters and alternators are parts of your car's power supply and scrap yards usually pay a decent price for them. These elements can be reused in other vehicles or broken down for their raw materials.

Copper metal, like glass, takes a long time to decompose and selling the starter will help you make a few bucks while saving the environment.

Oil and Oil Filters

Oil spilled from a single oil change can contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), further emphasizing the importance of recycling used motor oil. 

Used motor oil contains toxic substances that are dangerous to plants and animals, but the good news is that it can be recycled at collection centres.


One of the most voluminous car products, tires are harmful to the environment due to their non-biodegradable nature and extended durability. Advancements in the pyrolysis and devulcanization processes have furthered the efforts to recycle tires, giving you no excuse to leave used car tires lying in your backyard. Three markets where used car tires can be re-used are in the production of tire-derived fuels, civil engineering, and ground rubber applications.

If your automobile is on its final miles, make the conscious choice of recycling. It is a hassle-free and environmentally friendly way to give it a proper send-off that leaves you with something to smile about.