It’s no new discovery that our plant is suffering as a result of human actions, and we all need to do something about it quickly before things become too serious and the earth cannot be saved.
Global warming has been a hot topic in the media for years now, and its coverage is only increasing as things get worse. Global warming is caused by carbon emissions which is just one area that is contributing to the destruction of our planet and causing droughts, wild fires and floods, which is having a huge impact on not just humans, but the animals and environment that surrounds us.
But it doesn’t stop there, the pollution that we are creating is having a detrimental impact on different ecosystems which is slowly destroying the different habitats that animals live in. As a result, this is killing animals and creating more endangered species. Therefore, whenever possible we need to start making changes to our habits in order to better the environment.
What can we do to help?
Recycling is one of the easiest and most useful things we can do to help the environment. Most of us do it on a regular basis, the recycling paper and plastic, to recycling larger items such as appliances and furniture. But, have you ever considered that you could also recycle your old vehicle? There are so many benefits to recycling your car, and here are a few:
It will cut carbon emissions and save energy: The process of mining steel and smelting it has a huge negative impact on our environment as it uses fossil fuels and create large amounts of carbon emissions. When you scrap your vehicle, the steel can be re-used to create other vehicles or other steel products. By doing so, it can ‘reduce emissions by about two tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of product’ according to Greenfleet. Recycling your vehicle can have a positive impact on our environment.
Reduce landfill waste: Landfills are packed with items that could have been recycled, but instead were sent to be rubbish. As a result, the toxins from these items leak out into the earth and pollute the water and soil. But not only this, when organic materials are packed tightly together, it removes oxygen and produces methane instead. This is one of the primary greenhouse gases that is having a detrimental effect on our environment. When you recycle your vehicle, it’s one less car going into landfill.
Reduce toxic substances damaging wildlife: Mining and smelting steel not only uses fossil fuels, but the process causes erosion in the habitats surrounding it and pollutants leach into the earth. This makes areas such as these unsafe for creatures that once lived there. Further to this point, if an old vehicle is left to deteriorate, toxic liquids such as oil and the battery can leak onto the floor and land below it which is endangering local wildlife.
How to recycle your vehicle
If you want to make a difference and help the environment, you can do so by recycling your old vehicle. Find a local scrap yard that is government approved and they can scrap your vehicle in the most environmentally friendly way possible. If you’re struggling to find somewhere to scrap your vehicle, go to Car.co.uk where they can take you through the process step by step and help you earn some money, whilst helping the environment.