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Here Is Where Your Car Goes When You Are Finished With It

Here is what happens to your car after you get rid of it.

This picture was taken a few days ago in the area of the Houston Ship Channel.

There were so many crushed cars in this lot.

Below is another picture of all the cars.

This sure is a big wasteful disposable society we inhabit.

January 21, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. do you ever wonder how many people end up in the trucks of these cars from rival humans looking to settle some score?

    Comment by bill brady | January 22, 2010

  2. A car-wrecking yard is an inhospitable sight. It is worth remembering that these tried old machines do not just sit perpetually. Among the reasons such an establishment exists is to recycle and reuse much of a retired vehicles components. Depending upon who you read 90-96% of a car, by weight is recycled. All the steel and aluminum, most of the PVC, the overwhelming quantity of the fluids, and since 1995 the tires.

    The “carbon black” in laser printers and xerographic printers comes from recycled tires. The lead-acid in batteries, oddly enough, go into new batteries after purification. Paint or clear coat incinerates during the smelting process. Most cars really are made of old cars. The poorest grade of carbon steel is reclaimed to make the feed stock for cheap-bicycle tubes. The old safety glass generally isn’t recycled, but may be the only components of a car which is inert.

    I find myself wondering what 31st century archeologists will make of the fields of shattered safety glass they find under these old yards. These places are not very pretty, by conventional measures. They are where the real action takes place.

    Comment by Stan Baker | January 26, 2010

  3. This may seem like waste, but it’s just an ugly recycling center on an international scale.

    Comment by Bacopa | January 27, 2010

  4. I’m sure that much of this stuff gets recycled. looking at the yard, I was thinking about consumption of all kinds and just how big and wasteful. many of the cars are we drive today. Readers of this may not have been able to read my mind.

    Thanks for the comments and for Stan’s detailed comment on what happens to these cars.Thanks to Bill and Bacopa for the ongoing comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 27, 2010

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