salvage yards environmental responsibility

Salvage Yards and the Environment

Salvage yards take in hundreds of cars and trucks every month to recycle and sell used parts. With these vehicles come hazardous materials that can pose a threat to our environment.  Salvage yards across the country have a responsibility to follow all government guidelines to reduce the negative impact of hazardous waste on our environment, and to provide safe, ample work areas for their customers.

At GO Pull-It, we take environmental responsibility seriously, and it is something that we take into consideration in each portion of our business.  We have built a state-of-the-art facility to safely and responsibly recycle and dispose of all regulated materials such as oil, gasoline, tires, wastewater and mercury that are handled in the automotive recycling process.

Many processes are in place at our facility to ensure that all local and federal regulations are followed to compliance. For example, all fluids are drained from the vehicles upon arrival and are done so over concrete so no fluids are spilled and soaked in the ground.  These fluids can be hazardous to the environment and to the health of humans and animals, so we do our part to keep fluids from contaminating our grounds. Other hazardous items like batteries, mercury switches, and tires are removed and stored in accordance to the government guidelines to be later reused or recycled.

We recycle as much of the vehicle as possible; very little goes to a landfill. Oils and fluids that are drained can many times be recycled and used again and again.  When selling used car parts, vehicles are left on the lot until most or all the parts have been picked, and the shell is then crushed and recycled for its steel. All regulated materials that cannot be reused or sold at our yard are recycled through licensed companies that are equipped to properly handle the materials.

Why is it so important to recycle or reuse everything on junk vehicles? Recycled and reused parts, along with recycled steel, help reduce the need for new parts to be made, thus, saving energy and resources to make new materials and reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced when making these new parts. Reusing fluids and oils reduces the introduction of new hazardous materials and conserves natural resources. Plus, purchasing used parts can save you a significant amount of money over buying new parts.

Want to save money buying used auto parts? Check out our inventory to find the used part you need today!

Resources and Guidelines for a Compliant Salvage Yard in Florida:

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/central/home/Green_Auto/AutoComplianceChecklist2forweb.pdf
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/central/home/Green_Auto/AutomotiveHandbook.pdf
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/central/home/Green_Auto/Tips.htm#Green_Auto_Recycling_Resources