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The Benefits of Van Recycling: Reducing Waste and Minimising Environmental Impact

Scrap vans have many of the same benefits for the environment that scrap cars offer, in terms of reusing valuable materials via van recycling, and preventing harmful substances from entering the ecosystem.

But because of their size and the purposes they are used for, scrapping vans can have a significantly bigger impact in terms of minimising harm to the environment.

Put simply, vans are bigger. And that means:

  • Van recycling provides more recycled metal for new uses
  • Van dismantling removes more harmful substances safely
  • Scrap vans are (generally speaking) worth more than cars

Let’s look in more detail at why scrap vans are so good for generating value, reducing waste and minimising environmental impact.

What does a van weigh?

The recycling value of a van depends largely on the weight of recyclable metals and other valuable materials found in its construction.

A typical van weighs around 2.5 tonnes (2,500 kg) but this varies. A lighter van will typically be worth slightly less as scrap, but can carry more payload and still come in below the legal maximum of 3.5 tonnes.

If you’re not sure what your scrap van is worth, just ask. J Davidson Scrap are always happy to provide quick quotes, and we aim to offer the best scrap van prices in Manchester.

What happens when a van is scrapped?

Scrap vans – like scrap cars – are taken to our Licensed Treatment Facility in Manchester, and if your van is a non-runner, we can arrange to collect it for disposal.

There we begin the process of dismantling the van, first removing any potentially harmful components and fluids, like the battery, brake fluid and lubricants.

Once the hazardous materials have been removed, we set about separating the recyclable metals and other parts, so they can be processed in the appropriate ways.

Crucially, we’ll also take care of the paperwork, providing you with a Certificate of Destruction that officially relieves you of any legal responsibility for the van.

Why does van recycling matter?

Vehicle scrapping in general is good news for the environment. A large percentage of an old van can be recycled, reducing the amount of virgin steel needed in new vehicle manufacture and drastically cutting down the energy used in manufacture too.

Newer models are less polluting – and this will especially be the case as we transition to using more all-electric vans for urban deliveries.

Thanks to modern rules and regulations on dismantling end-of-life vehicles, a Licensed Treatment Facility like ours will also ensure nothing harmful gets into the local environment, water courses or food chain.

Get a price for scrap vans

If you want to get a price for scrap vans – from a single vehicle to an entire fleet! – J Davidson Scrap are here for you.

We always try to offer the best scrap van prices in Manchester, and we’re happy to give you a quote based on the make and model of your van (along with a few other specs like engine size, year of manufacture etc).

It only takes a few minutes to find out what your scrap van is worth, and there’s no obligation to scrap it with us. But we’re confident that once you hear our prices, you’ll choose J Davidson to dispose of your end-of-life commercial vehicle cleanly and safely.

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