Today's Automotive Recycling Environment

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Each year, approximately 20 million automobiles reach the end of their useful life – most of which are an average of 10 years or older.

As such, many components and valuable parts of these vehicles are subsequently removed and recycled. This is the role of automotive recyclers around the world. As Arnold Bowers, business solutions director at ENGIE Impact explained, automotive recyclers help to optimize recovery of vehicles, save consumers money by offering parts for reuse, and protect the environment by maximizing the resources contained in each car. As such, automotive vehicles are some of the most recycled items in the U.S.; more than 95 percent of vehicles in the U.S. are being recycled at the end of their life.

“Automotive recycling is evolving into a mature marketplace and technology-driven industry that constantly changes to keep abreast of inno-vations in automotive technology and manufacturing techniques,” Bowers said.

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