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Don’t Throw Your Scrap Aluminum Wheels — Here’s Why?

Scrap is useless; or at least, that’s what most people may think. However, things are different when it comes to junk metals. Scrap aluminum wheels, for instance, can benefit you if you know what to do with them!

The benefits of recycling your scrap aluminum wheels

    Aluminum alloy rims became a popular alternative to steel rims in the 1970s. The wheels are much more lightweight, plus they offer better performance and a sleek, sculpted look.
    Unfortunately, like most car parts, aluminum wheels don’t last forever, but this doesn’t mean you can’t make use of them any further. In fact, according to the Aluminum Association, the material is 100% recyclable!
    As one of the most valuable materials in your recycling bin, scrap aluminum can help you

  • Reduce the need for mining
    It’s no secret that mining destroys the environment, releasing toxic compounds and damaging the soil. Over time, it can even lead to sinkhole formation, endangering the lives of millions of organisms.
    Fortunately, there’s no need to rely on mining, recycling metals is the best way to save the environment. You’d be surprised to find out that over 75% of today’s aluminum comes from past recycling practices!
  • Boost the economy
    The recycling industry is a significant contributor to the country’s economy, generating over $60 billion in 2010 alone. The United States has even recovered $40 billion worth of aluminum and other non-ferrous metals, leading to financial incentives at the individual level.

How to recycle your scrap aluminum wheels?

    Are you ready to recycle your scrap wheels? You can work with an experienced recycling facility or follow the steps below:

  • Prepare your Sawzall, gloves, safety glasses, and needle nose pliers
  • Remove the wheel weights and let the air out of the tires
  • Cut through the tire’s tread and bead, and pull the loose tire from the rim
  • Remove the valve stems and sensors
  • Sell your scrap aluminum wheels to reputable metal recyclers
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