Celebrate Earth Day 2017

The Earth Day Network (www.EarthDay.org) announced that its theme for 2017 is environmental and climate literacy. The group stated that education is the foundation for progress.

“We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection,” stated The Earth Day Network.

Auto recyclers have been educating the public for years about their industry and how they positively impact the environment. Many invite the public to events that their facilities to show how the end-of-life recycling process works. Auto recyclers buy vehicles that aren’t driveable. They drain all of the fluids, like gas, antifreeze, oil, etc. These fluids, if left in, would leak into the groundwater. These fluids are then stored and recycled or properly disposed of. The auto recycler also removes toxic mercury switches and properly disposes of them. Cores are set aside for buyers who either refurbish or recycle them. Good, usable parts are removed the vehicle. Engines and transmissions are stored indoors. Sheet metal is stored on racks. These parts are re-sold to body and mechanical repair shops and the public at a cost savings, many times 50 percent less than new. Many auto recyclers also remove and sell small parts - like seats, door handles, radios, etc. Any metal left over is crushed and sent to a scrap processer. When it comes down to it, about 90 percent of the vehicle is recycled. By reusing parts, the energy and resources that would have gone to manufacturing new are saved.

Community awareness is still a big goal for the auto recycling industry. The Earth Day Network offers tool kits to set up an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education. The kits lay out the steps for holding a successful event. Register your event with the organization and it will support it with promotion and advice. Go to www.earthday.org.

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