Cars Are Most Recycled Products

April 11, 2008

What's the most recycled thing you can think of? Plotlines on Family Guy? We've got one better for you -- automobiles.

The Automotive Recyclers Association says cars and trucks are the most reused things in America. The association, using data from the Environmental Protection Agency, says that 95 percent of all cars are recycled, which gives them a leg up on paper products and plastic, too.

Of the millions of vehicles hitting the end of their lifespan this year, about 11.4 million will be recycled, the association adds. And more than 84 percent of the content in a car can be recycled -- everything from floor mats, to aluminum and steel pieces to upholstery and instrument panels.

In the final bit of promotion for their mission the ARA says car recycling is the 16th-biggest business in the U.S. So think about that the next time you send your newspapers (or Mom's old heap) out to the curb.

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