It is no longer possible to dispose of a car or van by taking it to a traditional scrap yard or breakers.

Did you know that over 75% of a car can be recycled?

Before a vehicle is broken down into its component parts, it has to go through a rigorous depollution process, to minimise the risk of pollution to the environment and to start the recovery process for the precious metals that are now starting to become scarce around the World.

This de-pollution process includes:

  • Initial vehicle checks with DVLA to confirm the identity.
  • Check IDIS (International Dismantling Information System) on the car and model.
  • Assess the vehicle for any health and safety hazards.
  • Remove the car battery from vehicle after disconnecting it.
  • Set heater control to the maximum setting.
  • Remove fuel, oil filler, coolant, washer, brake fluid and power steering caps.
  • All the wheels and tyres should be removed from the vehicle.
  • Remove balancing weights.
  • Drain petrol/diesel.
  • Drain engine/transmission fluid.
  • Drain the anti-freeze and screen wash.
  • Drain suspension system of all fluids.
  • Drain the brake fluid from brake lines and master cylinder.
  • Drain power-assisted steering system.
  • Remove catalyst (s).
  • Remove oil filter.
  • De-gas air conditioning systems using the correct equipment and dispense
  • into a special canister to contain it.
  • Insert plugs into all gravity drain holes.
  • Assess vehicle’s airbags and deploy using a suitable procedure or
  • alternatively remove them for subsequent neutralisation.
  • All removed liquids and gases are stored in secure, designated areas.
  • We recycle 100% of these products back into the re-processing sector.


Here at EAS, we take things a lot further than just de-pollution. We recover as much material from the vehicle as possible and maximise the recovery of everything that can be recycled back into the recycling network. This is what provides us with our income and it is this recovery process, that enables us to offer you the best price for your unwanted car or van.

  • We remove the engine and transmission. Many of these units are then exported to the Third World, for a second life or are stripped for spare parts.
  • We separate the higher-value metals, such as the heavier steel frame that holds the engine in place and also the wiring loom and other electrical components.
  • We strip, catalogue and re-sell any useable parts.
  • We sell all oils and fluids to be refined back into lubricants and coolant.


If you have any questions about our recycling and depollution process then please contact us today. We are always happy to explain what we do.

What will happen to my recycled car?

After we remove all the fluids, working parts and hazardous materials from the vehicle, we crush the shell of the vehicle and recycle it back to the metal re-processing industry.

Reusing scrap metal takes about 75% less energy than it does to make it.

Furthermore, the amount of scrap metal kept out of landfill by auto salvage companies in the UK alone per annum is over 3,000,000 tons.

Scrap metal from cars and vans ends up just about everywhere. The vehicle you own today is likely made up of 25% scrap metal. It is also used to make cans, bridges, aeroplane parts and even unique furniture. Even the plastic on the car battery is recycled and used in the development of furniture, drainpipes and other ‘household’ products.

At Essex Auto Salvage, we recycle responsibly.

For more questions about our car recycling process, to find out more about our legitimacy or to get a quote – contact us by clicking here.