Be Responsible – Recycle Car Parts!

12 Apr

FTD Blog 3-19-15

Many of us make a habit of separating paper, plastic, and glass from our trash to recycle them and do a daily good deed for the environment. But did you know that many of your car’s parts can be recycled too?

Keeping up with regular auto maintenance can make your vehicle last longer and perform better, but even with the best of care, old parts sometimes need to be replaced. If you’re concerned about your vehicle’s carbon footprint, this is great news! These are some of the parts of your car that can be most commonly recycled.

Oil Filters

When you get the oil changed in your car, make sure that filter doesn’t get tossed in the trash. Not only are oil filters recyclable, they are also required to be properly disposed of by law. You can choose to get your oil changed at a shop that recycles filters or learn how to change the oil yourself.

Windshield Glass

Windshields become damaged frequently in auto accidents, and many of these broken windshields end up in landfills across America. However, there are some windshield replacement companies that are working with recycling companies to separate the broken glass from the layers of plastic on either side of it. When recycled, auto glass can be reused to form glass bottles and fiberglass insulation.


Tire waste has been a huge problem in American landfills; however, tires can definitely be reused and repurposed. Once removed from cars, unwanted used tires can be transformed into playing field surfaces, asphalt, and garden mulch.

Engines and Transmissions

Engines and transmissions have a tremendous longevity and can actually be reused once removed from their current vehicles. Both of these parts can be dismantled, cleaned, reconditioned, and resold for use in future vehicles. Remanufactured engines can actually be more efficient than they were when they were first used because of advanced technology and materials.


It isn’t just a good idea to recycle car batteries, it’s also absolutely essential for health and safety. The lead found in car batteries is extremely toxic and should never be simply discarded in a landfill. Most states actually have a “take back” law that offers a cash incentive for the exchange of an old battery for a brand new one.

Scrap Metal

Almost every type of metal that makes up your car is recyclable. Large metal pieces can often be brought to a local salvage yard for a small compensation. Some smaller parts can actually be recycled via a curbside recycling program. However, you should check your local regulations to verify if there is a weight limit or packaging requirement. Door handles, headlight bezels, and side mirrors are easily recyclable as scrap metal as well.

7 Responses to “Be Responsible – Recycle Car Parts!”

  1. DoloresB June 19, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    It’s good to recycle cars, because then some of the parts can be reused for other cars. It’s good for the cars that don’t have a lot of spare parts made for them. That way they have some way to get replacement parts.

  2. Carol Cruz August 10, 2015 at 5:50 am #

    Recycling a car parts makes your car parts reusable and makes to run fast. You can use those parts in future for any other cars. As we all know that, old car parts are very expensive. If we recycle our car parts then we can easily get out from our problem. Nice to read your stuff my friend! You did a great job. Keep posting!

  3. Caleb Hart August 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    I think it’s a good idea to recycle car parts. There are a lot of things on this earth that can be broken down or reused again. Maybe I should take a look at some of the batteries in my shop. They could definitely be recycled if I dropped them off somewhere.

  4. Kyle Ross August 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    I didn’t know so many parts of a car are recyclable! I think it’s cool that you can take some unwanted materials and recycle them into something new. Where should you go to recycle tires? Thanks for the great post!

  5. Michael Lee September 28, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    Wow, I never know that you are able to recycle windshield plastic! Recycling is something not often thought about when it should be on everybody’s minds. Do yo know of any good scrap metal companies out of the Chicago area?


  6. DoloresB October 6, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    It’s good to recycle car parts, because then other people can use them as needed. It helps the environment, but it could also help you one day. If you need a part and can’t find it, you could potentially find it as a recycled car part.

  7. D. Anthony December 18, 2015 at 5:02 am #

    Recycling a car parts creates your car parts reusable and easily makes to run fast and quick. You can to pick those parts are using in future also. Whenever the old car parts are high expensive. If all of us recycle our car parts we can easily get relief from our problems in your car parts.

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