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Recycling of Auto Parts

     In an earlier post, I mentioned junk cars. I talked about how we used them for scrap metal and the auto parts. So this month’s post is going to be about auto parts. When R.H.Willson opened back in 1954, its main operation was the selling of new or used auto parts, but it has come a long way since then.

     The salvage yard stills sells new and used auto parts, recycles the scrap metal, provides towing and auto repair. These are the main operations of the yard, but there is so much more underneath. One of the main concepts that I want to focus on is recycling, going into more depth the recycling of auto parts. Yes, there is a successful business of selling new or used auto parts, but like I mentioned early there is always more.

     The auto parts are brought to the salvage yard and inventoried. We inventory our parts to sell so we have a fresh sense of what is on hand.  Our computer system is kept up to date and organized to easily search when customers request a specific part.

     Now we can go into how we recycle the parts.  Well when you buy an auto part or reuse used auto parts that is recycling at a very basic level. Going a little further, some customers come into the salvage yard looking for specific parts to fix go-karts, four-wheelers, or just make a new motor with a combination of used parts. These used parts recycled back into different motors or vehicles creates a fun time for all to enjoy.

     Mentioned above are the self-explanatory ways that people recycle auto parts. A little more profound way is with art. We have had some people reuse the auto parts for their genuine beauty. Certain sculptors reuse auto parts to make beautiful pieces of art. Painters and photographers have come in and created unique one of a kind images. Some may ask what exactly is getting recycled, well the answer to that is the love and beauty of these old auto parts is being revived. Whatever car they were in earlier, they were used and enjoyed, then disregard. People start to forget about all the old parts until they are used again somehow.  Regenerating a feeling and shedding a whole new light on them.

     Auto Parts are more than just what meets the eye, and that is one of the reasons I do this blog. I want to shed some light on different aspects of a salvage yard all together. Each week I pick a certain aspect of R.H.Willson and expand upon it. Recycling is the main focus in each blog post. So continue to read for more ways R.H.Willson and it’s customers reuse, repurpose and reinvent with automotive parts and scrap metal!!

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Recycling of Antifreeze

     Antifreeze is an important fluid in the radiator of your car. The exact definition of antifreeze is; “a liquid used in the radiator of an internal-combustion engine to lower the freezing point of the cooling medium,” (dictionary.com). AdditionallyAntifreeze (engine coolant) performs several functions in addition to providing freeze protection. Antifreeze contains chemicals that inhibit corrosion and scale formation in the engine and radiator. Antifreeze (engine coolant) provides protection against boiling in the summer. At one atmosphere pressure pure water boils at 212 °F (100 °C) but a 50/50 blend of water/ethylene glycol boils at 223 °F (106 °C),” (www.eetcorp.com).

     So, we now understand that antifreeze is very important to your car, but what exactly is in antifreeze? Is it good or bad for the environment?

     “Almost all forms of coolants and heat transfer fluids rely on glycol antifreeze to lower the freezing point of the solution. Common nomenclature calls the resulting solution antifreeze as well. Technically, though, it is more appropriate to call these solutions engine coolants or heat transfer fluids. There are two varieties of glycol: ethylene glycol and propylene glycol. Both can be used in automotive or heavy-duty engine coolants or glycol-based heat transfer fluids. Modern engines use a mixture of glycol and water for coolant, with corrosion inhibitor chemicals and dyes included with the glycol,” (www.eetcorp.com). Yes, antifreeze is dangerous to the environment both land and aquatic. Plus, if the antifreeze is digested it acts as a poison and could harm someone.

     Knowing all that is stated above, you may ask why we still use antifreeze. To answer that question, we use it because the cooling system is extremely important in maintaining the temperature and preventing damage to your engine. Recycling antifreeze, by making sure it is handled and disposed of properly lowers the risks of it becoming a hazard to the environment.

     This blog post is to shed some light on yet another motor vehicle liquid that R. H. Willson recycles and handles with the upmost care. We drain the antifreeze from the cars and temporarily store it in special containers, where it is picked up by an authorized antifreeze recycling agent. We have been handling antifreeze in this manner for over 20 years, which is before the recycling trend started. That can only mean that R. H. Willson always goes above and beyond to protect the environment and the land that we are on.

Find out more about Antifreeze Recycling!!!!! http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/ota/education-and-outreach/masscar/antifreeze-recycling.pdf

Works Cited

 http://www.eetcorp.com/antifreeze/antifreeze-faq.htm#q14

http://www.dictionary.com/

 

The Gas Buggy

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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Information found at http://www.GreenAmerica.org

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Green Your Spring Cleaning

MARCH GREEN TIPS

Green Laundry Soap

” 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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