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Automobile Recycling

In 1996, the State of Michigan received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Jobs Through Recycling Program to look at ways to recover that waste.

Automobiles are an important part of our lives. They provide us mobility and have been instrumental in how our communities develop, where we work, and how we live. Many Michigan residents and businesses rely on the automobile manufacturing industry for their livelihood. When automobiles have outlived their usefulness, the majority (over 94%) are taken to scrap yards for reclamation of useable parts. What is left is shredded or compacted. This remaining material, consisting primarily of metals, is then recycled back into appliances, automobiles, and other products. Over 75% of each automobile is recovered this way. That still leaves over 3 million tons of material to be disposed of annually. 

Automobile Recycling Demonstration Project:
In 1996, the State of Michigan received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Jobs Through Recycling Program to look at ways to recover that waste. A study was undertaken by the Great Lakes Institute for Recycling Markets to see what materials could be recovered in the scrap yard setting (before shredding or compaction) that had potential market value. A number of materials were investigated with some promising results. Polyurethane seat foam, windshield glass and rubberized seals are a few materials that hold promise for being recycled.
 

The final report for this project is available in pdf format. Please note that this report is over 140 pages if you choose to print it. 

Automobile Recycling Demonstration Project, Final Report

OTHER DEQ AUTOMOTIVE PROJECTS 

MDEQ Fact Sheet: Guide for Salvage Yard Owners . This guide contains important information about how a salvage yard owner can decrease the regulatory liability of their facility by making informed management choices for handling tires, oils, antifreeze, and other materials inherent in the salvage yard industry. 

OTHER AUTOMOBILE RECYCLING INFORMATION 

For other automobile recycling information, see the following list. The Environmental Assistance Division does not endorse or support any of the information or entity included on the following websites. This information is provided for assisting you in learning more about automobile recycling. 

AUTOMOTIVE RECYCLING SITES 



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