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Cars for Homes: Recycling junk cars

What happens to junk vehicles donated through Cars for Homes?

  • They’re typically hauled to auto salvage yards.
  • There, all reusable car parts, batteries, tires and fluids are removed.
  • Cars that can be recycled are crushed, shredded and recycled into steel.

How does car recycling benefit the environment?

  • A huge amount of steel is kept out of landfills – enough to build nearly 45,000 steel-framed homes every year.
  • The energy saved each year is enough to power about 18 million households.

How does Habitat for Humanity benefit from recycled cars?

  • Recycled cars are sold to direct buyers and hulk haulers who prepare them for processing into recycled steel.
  • Habitat is paid for these cars, although the revenue is less for a recycled car than a car that is purchased at an auction by a car dealer for resale.