End of life vehicles or that old car you just sold in junk can cause a lot of damage to the environment if not disposed of and recycled in an eco-friendly way.
Draining the waste fluids from old vehicles onto the ground is hazardous but that exactly what many scrap dealers do. Many other parts such as the materials like steel can be recycled and reused.
So, what is the right way to dispose of a junk car?
CERO is India’s first organized auto shredding and vehicle recycling unit. It is setting up a state-of-the-art recycling facility in Delhi NCR to use advanced processes and technology to safely scrap end of life vehicles and reducing their ecological impact.
How is it done?
A car will make two stops on its end-of-life journey. The first stop is our collection centres and the second is the shredding unit. The following steps are carried out.
Step 1: Bonnet and boot are opened; the battery and spare wheel are taken out and the air conditioning is drained
Step 2: Car is raised onto a depolluting rig and then the wheels are removed, followed by the oil filter. All fluids such as screen wash, engine coolant, brake fluid, engine oil, gearbox oil, power steering fluid, and rear differential oil if it’s a rear wheel drive are drained. The fluids go into separate containers. The catalytic converter, radiator, engine and gearbox are removed.
Step 3: Car is then crushed and taken to the shredding unit.
Step 4: The shredding unit recycles the waste into usable ferrous and non-ferrous metals
Benefits of the process
#1 The process promotes recycling and reduces the ecological damage caused by improper disposal of junk vehicles
#2 India imports almost 8 million tonnes of scrap steel a year. Such an enterprise reduces our dependence on imports
CERO is a joint venture between Mahindra Accelo and MSTC Ltd (a Government of India enterprise)