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.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/gasoline

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

Photo found at http://www.thedetroitbureau.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

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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* HAPPY NEW YEAR * Have you made any resolutions?

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REMINDER to be GREEN in 2015.

Try taking one small green step each month.  Check out the list of monthly green ideas on our Trash Talk Tuesday page and see what you may be able to accomplish.

JANUARY GREEN TIPS

A New Year: Make Green Resolutions.

“Green Tips ” are simple tips you can use 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 steps over time. If you’re up for a green makeover choose a specific category from the list of Monthly Green Tips and get started!

Tread lightly on the Earth. Identify a way you can reduce waste or pollution in your life (recycle more, drive less, conserve more energy), and track your progress.

Rediscover your city or town one neighborhood at a time. Find a restaurant, historical site, or street fair to visit in every corner of your area.

Save more money. Make a plan to save a little more each month and start or increase contributions to a retirement plan. Search the following National Green Pages™ categories for socially responsible banking and investing options:

Encourage your friends and family to watch less television. Play games together, organize a book club, host neighborhood dinners, or take long walks instead.

 

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

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Is There Really a Difference Between New and Used Parts?

For most people buying an auto part is a whole new world for them, they’ve got choices galore and most don’t know where to start. And one question that comes to mind is “Is there really a difference between new and used auto parts?”. Is one better than the other? And if so why?

A brand new auto part has never been used and comes with some type of warranty, if something were to happen you wold be able to return it within the allotted amount of days. Now a used auto part is usually can be found in a salvage yard. This part has been previously used and may or may not come with a warranty. At R.H. Willson Inc, we have a guaranteed 90 day warranty for any used part. Any extended warranty comes at an additional cost. Now you are probably wondering, if that’s the case why would someone spend the extra money on a new part when you could get a used part, at the fraction of the price plus a warranty? Well not many people want to get a used part because it’s not “new” or it may be not be up to standards.

But if it can come at the fraction of the price and a guaranteed warranty why wouldn’t you buy a used auto part? It not only saves money in your pocket but it also helps the environment. Thanks to the guys at Street Directory, we found tons of useful information on the advantages of buying used auto parts. By buying a used auto part you are keeping it out of landfills. It also helps by reducing the new to produce more of the same parts. It not only helps save the materials it would need to build a new part, but also the electricity it would need to manufacture new parts. (http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/57870/car_parts/the_advantages_of_buying_used_auto_parts.html).

So the next time you are in the market for a new part for your car, keep in mind that used parts are almost always as good, if not better!

Why Salvage Yards are at the Center of the Green Movement

The Green Movement has really been a driving force in the automotive community for the past few years. But without enough information many people don’t realize how beneficial a salvage yard can be. Throughout it’s progression, being green has been vital in this industry. People have begun to realize it’s importance, and end up choosing businesses that remove a car’s toxic fluids properly and dispose of it responsibly. Over the past twenty years our salvage yard recycles all of its waste oils, which then allows us to use it as fuel for our heating system. This in turn allows us to keep the whole whole building warm. Whenever we crush cars, we use the scrap metal and send it out so it can be reused in other industries. We try to reuse and recycle as much as possible. The Parts Department isn’t the only one that’s green! All of the used envelopes in the office that cannot be reused are shredded and then used as packing material. . We stick by the motto to reduce reuse and recycle!