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The Gas Buggy

     This month’s blog post is going to talk about gasoline; more importantly it is going to talk about what happens to the gasoline and how it is recycled once it gets to the salvage yard.

     First of all let’s start with some basic knowledge about gasoline. The definition of gasoline is “A volatile, flammable liquid mixture of hydrocarbons, obtained from petroleum, and used as fuel for internal-combustion engines, as a solvent, etc,” (dictionary.com). Now that we know exactly what gasoline is we can move forward.

     Gas to most people is a liquid fuel that is a necessity so your vehicle will go from one point to another. Most people probably do not pay that much attention to gas unless your tank is running low. At R.H. Willson we do pay attention. This is important because gasoline can be a hazard for the environment. If it is not probably handled it could spill or leak and seep into the ground causing permanent damage. R.H. Willson takes extreme caution because we care about the environment, recycling efforts and our future generations. We take special measures to make sure that once any gasoline is brought onto the premise we handle it right away.

     Of course there are a lot of vehicles at the yard. Not only our company trucks for towing and delivery, but customer cars in for repair and employee vehicles are parked on the premises. Those cars are not typically prone to leaking. The cars I am talking about are the salvaged vehicles we recycle the gasoline from. Once we get a “Junk Car” in we prep it, so to speak. It will be dismantled and used for parts then the remains will be crushed for scrap metal. I am not going over every little detail involved in the prep process because we want you to follow the blog each month to find out more.

     Right now, I am focusing on the removal of gasoline from the scrap vehicles gas tank into the Gas-Buggy®. Yes, that is actually the name of the special equipment that we use. The fuel is pumped directly from the vehicle into the tank of the Gas-Buggy®. This self-contained unit has a 30-gallon capacity, with filter system, eliminating fumes and giving better protection from spillage.

     The “Junk Cars” do not typically come to the salvage yard with a full tank, maybe there is a couple gallons left, but we do not waste even the smallest amount of fuel. We rely on this recycled fuel to power equipment and vehicles used to get around the yard and haul parts.

     This is just one small step in the greater process of the R.H. Willson salvage yard. We always want to be sure not to allow for contamination of the environment or waste in our or day-to-day activities.

See our blog next month for more on the salvage process.

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Recycling the Metal

     One of the biggest ways, the salvage yard recycles is with the buying and selling of metal.  R.H. Willson has a scale that allows us to weigh customer vehicles and scrap metal by the truck load. The weight of the metal determines how much money the customer gets. The price of metal changes quite frequently, so we always recommend calling ahead for current pricing.

     We also buy junk cars to salvage. Drive the car in or request a local pick-up.  Either way it can be weighed on the scale.  The cars get inspected and usable parts are dismantled for resale.  The remainder of the vehicle will eventually be crushed and sold as scrap steel.  Once the cars are considered “junked,” it means they are ready for the crusher. The cars are transported by a loader and put into the crusher where they will start to resemble a flat pancake.   Instead of leaving those pesky junked cars to rot away where it can seep into the ground creating permanent damage, you should call the salvage yard because we have people who specialize in removing those unwanted vehicles.

     Recycled metals must be separated by type.  We have containers to separate the metals. Number One metal, which is steel, is stored in one container, and Light Iron has its own spot and so forth. After everything is organized, we deal with certain companies that specialize in the removal of the metal. It goes to their facility where it is properly organized to be recycled.

    Little steps like the removal of the cars or extra metal actually help your environment a lot more then you know. That is also why R.H. Willson goes above and beyond to recycle as many things as we can. This is just one way that R.H. Willson recycles; you should stay tuned each month to see how many others ways that R.H. Willson recycles!

written by: Jayne Valle Lara

 

Salvage Yards in a Whole New Light

     What words come to mind when you think of a salvage yard. The common words that pop up are dirty, junky, garbage, rubbish, and so forth. Most people think that salvage yards are places that you send your dying car or unwanted scrap, but people are very wrong. Yes, you can send your junked cars and unwanted parts, but R. H. Willson takes that metal and turns it into a recyclable profit. The salvage industry has changed since the first time my grandfather open it’s doors in 1954. The business still sells parts, but the business does so much more. We take all the metal that would originally just rot in your ground and recycle it. We drain all the fluids out of our cars some examples would be the gas and oil. We reuse the gas in other cars to get around the business, and we take the oil and reuse it to heat the building that we work in. There are so many other attributes about the business that most people would not be aware of. I am going to write a post at the end of each month to open people’s eyes about how beneficial salvage yards actually are. I grew up at R.H. Willson, and it has a lot more to offer than what meets the eye.

written by: Jayne Valle Lara

COOL CARS …… for HOT DAYS

Do you want to drive a COOL CAR this summer?

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The simple task of performing preventative maintenance on your vehicle’s air conditioning system can increase your chances.

In this article found at www.VehicleMD.com we are reminded that proper care and maintenance can increase the life and reliability of your automobile’s A/C system when you most need it, during the hot summer months.

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ARTICLE BY LAUREN HENDERSON – JULY EDITION OF VEHICLE MD

Longer days, outdoor concerts and the sound of neighborhood moms and dads calling their kids in for dinner; all signs that summer has indeed arrived. Most of us long for summertime all winter. When it finally gets here, it wastes no time reminding us sweltering heat and sunburns are also part of the deal. Even still, we put on ball caps, slap on sunscreen and stick to our convictions—summer is the best season of all.

Jumping in a lake or pool is the greatest—and arguably most fun—way to cool off when it’s hot outside. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop when school lets out. You’ll need to rely on your vehicle’s air conditioning for a reprieve from the heat as you drop the kids off at various camps or drive to and from work. Nothing is worse than the car’s A/C being on and the vents blowing hot air. There are several things you can do—and ask about—the next time you take your vehicle in for service to make sure you stay cool all summer long.

Turn it on
Even when you don’t need A/C—like during the ridiculously cold winter we had last year—your vehicle still needs you to turn the cool air on for a few minutes per week.

The A/C system removes hot air in addition to pumping cold air into the vehicle. To do that, it must rely on several different mechanical components. Consistently running the A/C will ensure the hoses, valves and pumps—all essential parts of the A/C system—stay well lubricated and ready for use when temperatures outside begin to warm up.

Check the refrigerant
Refrigerant checks are not always included in your owner’s manual’s maintenance schedule. Make sure you ask your technician to check the refrigerant levels in your car. If you notice the air coming out of your vents isn’t cold—or isn’t as cold as you think it should be—recharging the A/C system with the appropriate manufacturer-recommended refrigerant and to the recommended capacity could solve the problem.

Get it serviced
Consider asking your technician about a full A/C service. It’s a good idea to have this completed once a year—ideally before the hotter months hit—so you don’t find yourself without A/C when you need it most.

Most standard A/C service checks include a visual inspection, temperature analysis, pressure readings, refrigerant top-off and a leak test to make sure all your system lines and hoses are leak free.

An A/C service can help you find the issue if you’re already noticing problems with your system or alert you of a problem so you can fix it before it becomes worse.

Cabin check
Special sanitizing treatments can help remove foul smells coming from your vehicle’s vents, so can a clean cabin air filter.

The cabin air filter can become clogged with annoying allergens in addition to dirt, dust and debris. Circulating pollen and harmful spores through your vehicle’s cabin air filter can be a problem for passengers with asthma or allergies.

A cabin air filter filled with dirt and dust can decrease the airflow coming from your vents, and, in extreme cases, it can even cause the A/C system to fail.

Check your owner’s manual to see when yours should be replaced. Usually it’s once a year. Ask your technician to check your cabin air filter to see if it needs replacement. You may be surprised at what you find trapped in there!

What’s new and cool
It’s always a good idea to stay familiar with new and important standards. After all, vehicles are historically one of people’s biggest expenses. If you’ve purchased a new vehicle in the past two years, your car may have a different kind of refrigerant inside its A/C compressor than the R-134a of years past.

According to Automotive News, automakers have begun using a new type of refrigerant called R-1234yf in later model vehicles like Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Spark EV, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Honda Fit EV, Jeep Cherokee and Range Rover.

“Previously, vehicles used HFC-134a. HFC-134a is a high global warming potential material that is currently being phased out because it contributes to global warming,” said Luc Morvillier global business manager for Honeywell refrigerants.

Instead, manufacturers are adopting R-1234yf to comply with environmental regulations and the demand for higher efficiency. According to Honeywell, all new cars sold in Europe after January 1, 2017 must have an air conditioning refrigerant with a global warming potential below 150 starting in 2017.

The new R-1234yf refrigerant doesn’t only mean better things for the environment, it means good things for you, too. Even though R-1234yf promises lower greenhouse gas emissions and to linger less in the atmosphere, it still cools as effectively. This means you won’t have to sacrifice your comfort for the environment now or in the future.

“Car owners can rest assured, you won’t see a performance difference if your air conditioning system uses R-1234yf,” Morvillier said.

After extensive research and testing, Honeywell indicated that R-1234yf is safe for you and your vehicle’s passengers, too.

Ask your technician what kind of refrigerant your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends. Not only is it good to be a savvy consumer, it’s important to know what your car needs so you’re not wondering in the future.

Preventative maintenance is a must for every vehicle system. Whether it’s a tire rotation, oil change, fuel system cleaning or your vehicle’s A/C system, taking proper care of your car will increase the chance of your car taking care of you for a longer amount of time.

Summer brings with it lots of fun. Don’t let a bum A/C system get in the way. Find an open road and crank up the tunes—and the A/C.

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Info found at http://www.vehiclemd.com

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After Life of Shredded Car

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This interesting article was found at www.rpowersource.com

“The Value of Auto Shredder Residue” explains that the life of an automobile does not have to end at the crusher.

The Value in Auto Shredder Residue

In North America every year, almost 12 million

automobiles reach the end of their useful lives. As

new cars continue to be manufactured and sold, the

disposal of old vehicles represents a growing issue and

environmental threat. Fortunately, 75 percent of an

end-of-life vehicle (ELV) can be recycled.

Automobiles consist of primarily ferrous metals, such

as steel and iron as well as non-ferrous metals like

aluminum and zinc. Automobile recyclers have long

been able to recover up to 85 percent of a vehicle’s total

materials just by collecting the residual ferrous and non-ferrous metals

that are left behind after shredding. The remaining materials—a mixture

of plastics, wood, fabric and glass—are known as automotive shredder

residue (ASR) or auto fluff.

ASR usually consists of a Mixture of plastics, rubber; glass, wood

products, cloth, paper, foam, dirt and electric wiring, as well as, a variety

of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The U.S. generates around five million

tons of ASR every year. While most ASR is currently disposed of in landfills,

up to 60 percent of auto shredder residue can actually be recovered as

reusable materials.

An ASR separation system can be a continuous dry process that

separates ASR into a mixture of polymers, wood, glass, metals, sand, rocks

and dirt. Once the oversized material is removed, the residue may go

through a shredder to further reduce its size. The ASR is then separated

with the use of a trommel screen before a magnetic separator recovers

the ferrous metals and an eddy current separator and other separators

recover the non-ferrous metals. The end product contains more than 90

percent of the recycled polymers that were present in the original ASR.

In 2013, the EPA announced a new interpretation of their regulations

on ASR that allows plastics to be recovered during the recycling process,

provided that the materials do not contain levels of PCBs exceeding 50

parts per million. This new interpretation has the potential to reduce the

amount of ASR that is consigned to landfills every year by more than one

million tons and may improve the material recovery rate for ELVs to more

than 90 percent.

Worldwide Recycling Equipment Sales, LLC in Moberly, Missouri,

can supply a full range of equipment to dry, sort and move automotive

shredder residue. Our new and used dryers are designed specifically to

dry ASR, making the material easy to transport, separate and handle. We

can size and build a dryer to best suit your specific project needs. In the

past, we have designed plants for industry clients that process 40 and 80

tons per hour.

Our Vulcan® Dryer Systems consist of a correctly sized drum and a

burner mounted to a combustion chamber. After passing through the

dryer, the dried material is discharged to a transfer conveyor for further

sorting and separation. The vapor from the process is pulled through a

cyclone that is specifically designed to deal with the fine ASR dust, as

well as a high-temperature baghouse which removes all fine particulates

from the vapor stream. All ductwork, cyclone and other high-wear areas

in the system have abrasive resistant plates to reduce lifetime wear and

maintenance costs.

Recycling the polymers and residual metals in ASR would save the

equivalent of 24 million barrels of oil each year and would reduce carbon

dioxide emissions by 12 million tons. As recyclers around the world strive

to recycle as much of old vehicles as possible, the value of auto shredder

residue is only increasing and growing more apparent.

For more information on ASR drying systems, contact Worldwide

Recycling Equipment Sales, LLC at (660) 263-7575 or wwrequip@

wwrequip.com. View our complete inventory online at www.wwrequip.com.

 Savannah Cooper

Writer/Copy/Social Media Specialist, Worldwide Recycling Equipment Sales, LLC

Photo created from combination Pintrest post and R.H. Willson

APRIL GREEN TIPS – Green Resolution Challenge

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Green Your Kitchen

“Green Tips” are simple steps you can take today to green your clothing, your home, your transportation and more! We encourage you to choose one step to get started and return for additional tips over time. If you’re up for a green makeover choose a specific category from the list of Monthly Green Tips and get started!

Avoid excessively packaged foods. Buy bulk foods or products packaged in recyclable materials or reusable containers.

Pack garbage-less lunches in reusable containers instead of plastic and paper.

Compost! Instead of throwing your apple cores, egg shells, and other organic waste into a landfill, compost them. If you don’t have a yard, consider using an indoor worm bin.

Eat a local diet. Grow your own food and support local farmers, natural food stores, and food co-ops. You’ll save money, eat quality foods, create local jobs, and increase farmlands. You’ll also reduce transportation costs from shipping food.

Buy certified organic food. Organic farmers don’t use toxic pesticides or fertilizers.

Buy Fair Trade Certified™ products such as coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and more. When you buy products carrying the Fair Trade Certified Ô label, you are helping to empower producers in developing communities and ensuring they receive a fair price for their labor.

Start a dinner co-op with friends or neighbors. By taking turns preparing meals for several families at once, you can easily buy ingredients in bulk, eliminate waste, maximize your free time, and build community.

 

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Green Your Spring Cleaning

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” Green Tips ” are simple steps you can take today to green your clothing, your home, your transportation and more! We encourage you to choose one step to get started and return for additional tips over time. If you’re up for a green makeover choose a specific category from the list of Monthly Green Tips and get started!

Buy green cleaners at your local natural foods store or via mail order or the Internet.

Make your own cleaners. To avoid toxic chemicals, consider making your own cleaners. Household items like baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, and club soda, can be combined to clean everything from carpets to toilet bowls.

Use old clothing and sheets for dusting and cleaning rags, rather than paper towels.

Install a clotheslinin your backyard or basement, and let your clothes dry naturally.

Avoid cleaners that contain phosphates as a water softener. Phosphates appear in a number of cleaners such as some dishwashing liquids and promote rapid algae growth which pollutes the water supply.

If you use mothballs, consider replacing them with a more natural alternative. Try cheesecloth-wrapped cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, or whole cloves.

Eliminate the need for chemical fabric softeners by adding ¼ cup of vinegar to your washing machine’s rinse cycle.

Let your houseplants do the cleaning! Some houseplants—such as Boston ferns, English ivy, rubber plants, and peace lilies—can help clean your indoor air by absorbing toxic chemicals.

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When does a vehicle lose all value?

WE at R.H. Willson find value in all the recycleable materials of a vehicle.

When your vehicle loses value to you can be based on a number of things.

A study was conducted by www.mojomotors.com showing how many miles until a car loses all value.

Separately in an article found in http://www.Motorage.com magazine they rate the average age of a vehicle on the road.

See the information from these two sources below.



Brand Rankings: How Many Miles Until Worthless?

Toyota topped the list, as the study showed this brands’ vehicles can be driven 210,705 miles before considered “worthless,” MojoMotors said.

Friday, May. 16, 2014, 02:28 PM UPDATED 9:58 AM

By Auto Remarketing Staff

New York – MojoMotors.com took a different approach to gauging vehicles’ reliability — looking at how much mileage could accumulate before a car becomes valueless.

Although just because a car has lost all of its residual value doesn’t mean it won’t keep on running, MojoMotors pointed out “less reliable brands will lose value quicker since they have a greater chance of breaking down with fewer miles on the odometer.”

MojoMotors execs  Max Katsarelas, marketing and product manager; and Michael Milsten, business intelligence manager, wrote on the company’s recent brand reliablity study in a blog post that can be found by clicking here.

The company analyzed more than 500,000 cars, model years 1995 to 2014, listed for sale on MojoMotors.com to determine the average selling price depending on a vehicle’s mileage.

“Using a linear regression model, we were able to calculate the dollars of value lost as mileage increased and ultimately, the number of miles until a car lost all value,” the blog post explained.

Toyota topped the list, as the study showed this brands’ vehicles can be driven 210,705 miles before considered “worthless,” MojoMotors said.

“The public perceives Toyota as one of the most reliable automakers and our study concurs with this perception. While Toyota might not build the most eye-catching cars, they are certainly reliable and efficient,” the blog post read.

Coming in at No. 2 was Honda, with a 209,001 limit. Analysts explained much of Honda’s success lies in its versatility.

“While Dodge and Chevrolet excel at the big trucks, Honda excels at pretty much everything. Look at the ‘miles until worthless’ stat because Honda and Toyota boast a 10,000 mile lead over Ford,” Katsarelas and Milsten wrote.

The domestics were up next, with Ford coming in at No. 3. According to MojoMotors, this brands’ vehicles can run 198,409 miles until considered valueless. The site shared much like Honda, Ford’s ability to make good cars and trucks pushes its popularity.

Chevrolet (195,754) and Dodge (198,266) also made it into the top 5. Recalls aside, “The last few generations of automobiles built by Chevrolet are their best ever. Especially Chevy pickups, SUVs and crossovers, says MojoMotors.

For Dodge, the site shared much of the  reason this brand made the list is thanks to strong retention for Ram pickups.

Rounding out the top 10 most reliable brands, according to MojoMotors, is Nissan (195,593 miles), Subaru (189,370), GMC (188,584 miles), Acura (178,947 miles) and Mazda (177,729 miles).



The average age of vehicles on the road is still hovering just below 12 years

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – 06:00

By Brian Albright

The average age of vehicles on the road is still hovering just below 12 years, although the rate of aging of the fleet is slowing down, says a new report from IHS Automotive. At the same time, the rise in new vehicle sales and improving vehicle quality are moving the traditional “sweet spot” for independent aftermarket repair shops and dealerships. – See more at: http://www.searchautoparts.com/aftermarket-business/market-trend-analysis/new-vehicle-sales-slow-down-aging-fleet?page=0,0#sthash.ESjaThAb.dpuf

The age and type of vehicle coming in for repairs will change significantly over the next five years, and the aftermarket will need to adjust accordingly.

The average age of light vehicles on the road held steady at 11.4 years, according to data from January 2014 gathered by IHS. IHS incorporated Polk, previous publishers of the average age data, into its business in 2013.

Total light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S. increased more than 3.7 million (1.5 percent) to 252.7 million, a new record. New vehicle registrations outpaced scrappage by more than 24 percent for the first time in 10 years, reflecting steadily improving vehicle sales figures.

“That’s reflective of three or four years of pretty significant growth in new to five-year-old vehicles,” says Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader at IHS Automotive. “New light vehicle registrations have had double-digit increases in previous years, and last year that growth was about 7.5 percent. Couple that with people hanging on to their vehicles longer, and all of that contributes to what we’re seeing in terms of VIO and the scrappage rate.”

The number of vehicles scrapped in 2013 was just 11.5 million, compared to the more than 14 million scrapped in 2012.

The scrappage rate has declined as new vehicle sales increase. Those newer vehicles are built to last longer, and owners are driving them longer than ever before. “New light vehicle sales have taken off, and all of the vehicles being added to the VIO are low-scrappage-rate vehicles,” Seng says.

– See more at: http://www.searchautoparts.com/aftermarket-business/market-trend-analysis/new-vehicle-sales-slow-down-aging-fleet?page=0,0#sthash.ESjaThAb.dpuf

The combined fleet of cars and light trucks is now older than ever, and the average age of light trucks has now increased to reach the same 11.4 years as passenger cars. According to IHS, that hasn’t happened since 1995 when the data was first reported.

“Trucks are growing in population in general and benefiting from new technology and better quality,” Seng says. “In the past, trucks were treated more like utility vehicles. They weren’t maintained as well and were used for more rough purposes. Now, they are becoming more everyday vehicles, and that is contributing to the trucks lasting longer.”

The average age of vehicles has slowed and will remain at around 11.4 to 11.5 years for the next several years. That’s because the economy has improved (and boosted new vehicle sales). “From 2004 to 2009, the average age of vehicles rose 5.4 percent,” Seng says. “From 2009 to 2014, average rose by 11 percent. But it’s going to increase just 2.6 percent until 2019.”

The rapid increase in age after 2009 was a direct result of the recession and the dramatic drop in new light vehicle sales. “As new car sales come back, we see that average age increase decelerating,” Seng says. “It will plateau, then go back to the rate of increase we saw prior to the recession.”

Sweet spot shifts

For the aftermarket, the rapidly aging fleet of better quality vehicles will mean that the traditional “sweet spot” is going to move. The average age will increase from 11.4 year to 11.7 years by 2019, and eventually exceed 12 years.

At the same time, the proportion of vehicles in each age group will also change. The number of vehicles zero to five years old will increase by 32 percent over the next five years, while vehicles in the six to 11 years-old category will decline by 21 percent—that’s where the sweet spot used to be. With quality improving, and customers driving vehicles longer, the number of cars in the fleet that are more than 12 years old will increase by 15 percent by 2019.

That will mean suppliers, distributors and repairers will need to accommodate much older vehicles than before. “The sweet spot we’ve always talked about is really changing,” Seng says. “The seven- to 11-year-old vehicle range is the same sweet spot that has been talked about for 15 years, and now it’s shifting.

“The good news for the aftermarket is that the oldest vehicles will continue to increase their share of the market over the next five years,” Seng says. “That’s very important for aftermarket parts suppliers, distributors, and those that service vehicles to understand how that age profile is changing and how it will impact vehicles that enter the service bay.”

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FEBRUARY – GREEN for 2015

FEBRUARY GREEN TIPS from http://www.greenamerica.com

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Practice Clothing Consciousness

“Green Tips” are simple tips you can take today to green your clothing, your home, your transportation and more! We encourage you to choose one step to get started and return for additional tips over time. If you’re up for a green makeover choose a specific category from the list of Monthly Green Tips and get started!

Choose organic, natural-fiber clothing to keep pesticides out of the environment. Search the followingNational Green Pages™ categories for environmentally-friendly clothing options made in good working conditions:

Look for alternative fabrics made from recycled content, such as fleece made from plastic bottles.

Purchase clothing from Fair Trade businesses.

Tell companies you won’t support sweatshops. Tell companies that use sweatship labor know that you will only purchase from businesses that don’t exploit workers.

Buy used clothing. Not only is it less expensive, but it also saves raw materials and energy.

Avoid dry cleaners; they use chemicals that can be dangerous to your health and the environment. Hand-wash clothes at home, or turn to wet cleaners.

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