We follow a four-step process when deciding the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to handle each different component of an end-of-life- car. These are:
Some parts are of sufficiently good quality that they can simply be re-used without any further processing.
Some parts can be used again following some repair or re-engineering work. Re-manufacturing differs from recycling in that the part is preserved in its whole form.
If the part cannot be re-used or re-manufactured, then many components and parts can be recycled. This involves reducing the part to its component materials so that they can then be reprocessed into new forms.
Recovery / Refine
Even if we canít re-use, re-manufacture or recycle some materials, it may be possible to recover the energy from certain parts of end-of-life cars. The most obvious example is engine oil, which will often contain impurities and cannot simply be re-used. However, properly collected waste oil could be refined, and be an extremely valuable energy resource.