Preserving our environment for future generations is extremely
important to Butchko Bros., Inc.. New technologies have made the
automotive recycler one of the most environmentally friendly industries in
Are you doing your part? We are!!
The national statistics are:
*Over 95% of all vehicles that
come off the road are recycled through Automotive
*Approximately 85% of a
vehicle’s weight is recyclable.
This is how Butchko Bros., Inc. handles the typical “scrap” vehicle:
*Any useable parts are
inventoried and removed from the vehicle for resale
*All of the antifreeze is drained and resold.
*All gasoline and wiper fluid is drained,
filtered, and used for our delivery vehicles.
*All of the “oils” are drained and used to
heat our building.
*All tires are removed. The
good ones are resold. We pay an outside source to haul the scrap ones to a
tire recycler. New tires contain up to 10%
recycled rubber. Recycled tire rubber is also used in floor mats & mud
*Batteries are removed. They
are either resold or sent to a battery recycler.
*Damaged or defective starters,
alternators, radiators, condensers, catalytic converters, etc are all sold
to remanufacturing companies.
*Non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, bass, copper, etc are removed,
stored and sold
*And the final stage: The bulk
car body is “flattened” and sold to a recycler. The remaining car is
comprised of 68% ferrous metal (metal containing iron). This metal is
processed and is 100% re-useable.
The following article was taken from
It was included here because we think it helps you, the consumer; make a
wiser choice when buying automotive parts. We encourage you to visit this
site for more information.
Purchasing Recycled Vehicle Parts, You'll Also Be Helping To Save Our
more to the recycled parts story than saving money on auto repairs.
Our industry consolidates and recycles damaged, abandoned, and
inoperable vehicles, making our remaining countryside, streets, and
neighborhoods safer and more pleasant places in which to live and
enjoy. By recycling automotive parts, we save the natural ores,
resources, and energy needed to manufacture new automotive parts.
The automobile is one of the few major manufactured products that has
a percentage of its components reused, or recycled. Each automotive
part that is resold and reused represents energy savings in the
manufacturing of new replacement parts. Saving this energy reduces air
pollution as well as our nation's dependence on foreign oil. In
Pennsylvania alone, the recycling of automobiles represents an annual
conservation of 1,212,698 barrels of oil...enough energy savings to
heat more than 50,000 homes.
Recycled vehicles are the number one source of our national scrap
metal supply. Tons of cast iron, steel, aluminum, platinum, copper,
and lead are recovered annually by the automotive recycling industry.
As you can see, the automotive recycling industry has a major impact
on the resource conservation...but the story doesn't end there.
Recycling automotive parts also helps keep vehicle insurance costs
affordable. Often an automotive recycler will pay an insurance company
thousands of dollars for a damaged late model vehicle, reducing the
insurance company's "total claim costs." This means lower vehicle
insurance premiums for consumers.
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