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Auto Recycling: The Oldest and Most Successful Recycling Industry



A few facts about the auto & truck recycling industry:
  • Approximately 11 million vehicles are recycled every year, saving an estimated 85 million barrels of oil that would otherwise be used in the manufacture of new replacements parts

  • Automotive recyclers provide nearly 40 percent of all recycled steel ( the most recycled metal) in America

  • Recycled parts, by reducing the need to manufacture new replacement parts, lead to significant reductions in air and water pollution, by recycling as much as 75 percent of every vehicle we handle

  • Automotive recyclers help preserve our rapidly diminishing landfill space

  • Automotive recyclers keep highways and roads clear of abandoned and disabled vehicles by providing a place to efficiently recycle these vehicles

  • Automotive recyclers are small businesses, with 86 percent employing ten or fewer people.

       Recycling Establishments:7,105 
       Sales ($1000):$5,272,107 
       Paid Employees:45,807 
    Based on U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration Information (1997)

  • The median number of emplyoees is four in the U.S.

  • Owners are the only employees at one-in-five businesses (19 percent).
    Based on Axion Research (1997)

  • Except for lead-acid batteries, the automobile is the most frequently recycled product in the United States.

       Lead Acid Batteries96.5% 
       Automobile95.4% 
       Newspapers67.8% 
       Aluminum cans63.5% 
       Glass Bottles37.9% 
    Lead Acid Batteries, Newspapers, Aluminum cans and glass bottles statistics from Battery Council International (1996). Automobile statistics from Steel Recycling Institute (2000)

  • Nearly 14 million cars recycled in 2000

  • More than 14 million tons of steel were recycled from cars in 2000
    Steel Recycling Institute (2000)

  • Estimated 15 million vehicle accidents in the United States every year.

  • Retail cost of replacement crash parts as high as $3 billion per year
    National Association of Independent Insurers (2001)


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Truck Recyclers Association
Kentucky Auto and Truck Recyclers Association
1501 Twilight Trail
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone : 502-223-5322  •  Email : info@katra.org