How Scrap Cars Are De-polluted For Recycling – Process
How End of Life Vehicles Are De-polluted
The first step to De-polluting an end of life vehicle is to ensure that the process is done using tools and equipment designed specifically for this purpose. Assuming you are in the appropriate location and chosen a suitable site for treatment and storage, the process may begin.
You may subject the vehicle first to some preliminary assessment, mainly for safety and health reasons. This is optional, but it is probably for the best that you do this in case something comes up unexpectedly.
How the De-pollution Process Works.
To De-pollute an end of life vehicle, several operations have to be performed, although the sequence may vary depending on the vehicle. Generally speaking, the sequence runs in the following order.
The first step is to remove the battery, the fuel filler and oil filler cup, in that order. Next, the heater should be set to the highest position. Once that’s complete, the tyres and wheels have to be taken off, and the balance weights separated. The final step in phase one is to remove all components in the vehicle that contains mercury.
The De-pollution Device / Platform.
Upon completion of the previous steps, the vehicle must now be placed on the lifting device or De-pollution frame. Once the vehicle is set, the engine oil is drained and the oil filter disposed of or crushed. Next, the transmission oil should be drained, including rear differential if necessary. If the air conditioning unit is fitted, it should be De-gassed followed by draining of the coolant and brake fluid, in that order.
The catalyst should be removed next, followed by the draining of the washer bottle, clutch and brake reservoir, the power steering reservoir and the fuel tank. You next need to take off the suspension fluid or drain the shock absorbers.
You also have to replace the plastic stoppers or the drain plugs. One you have completed those steps; the vehicle may be removed from the de-pollution device, and you can start deploying or removing airbags whichever is applicable.
The majority of this processes don’t require the tyres and wheels to be removed, but it’s recommended that you do since it provides you with easy access to many of the components. Depending on the vehicle, it might be easier to conduct the operation prior to removing the wheels. Generally speaking though, the question of tyre removal will depend on the shredder.
There are many ways to De-pollute a vehicle, but the process is generally divided into three stages, the removal of the major components, draining of fluids and the deployment or removal of air bags.
After draining and removal of the fluids is complete, those items have to be moved to an appropriate storage facility. Once the process is over, you should receive a certification stating that you have completed the process in a timely and responsible manner, and in accordance with UK standards. In addition, other documents may also be provided to you, and you should keep them for reference.