Have you ever wondered how a car, which has about 30,000 parts, can be recycled to 99% of its original state? Many car owners are unaware of what happens to their beloved vehicles once they are no longer fit to drive. What world awaits vehicles after their driving days are over?
Cubes of vehicles
Vehicles arriving at the dismantlers are first drained of waste oils and other fluids. Bumpers, doors, engines, and other parts fit for use as second-hand spares are then removed. The leftovers are flattened in a press and taken to a recycling company. Toyota Times visited Toyota Metal, the world’s only recycling company jointly managed by a carmaker. There, each car is pressed into a cube weighing around 600kg. Several such blocks are hoisted together, crane game-style, into a shredding machine to be pulverized.