OverviewAutomobiles are an important part of our lives. They provide us mobility, and have been instrumental in how our communities develop, where we work and how we live.
When automobiles have outlived their usefulness, the majority (over 94 percent) are taken to scrap yards for reclamation of useable parts. What is left is shredded or compacted. This remaining material, consisting primarily of metals, is then recycled back into appliances, automobiles and other products. Over 75 percent of each automobile is recovered this way.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 95 percent of all end-of-life vehicles in the United States are processed for recycling. That's compared to 52 percent of all paper and 31 percent of all plastic soft drink bottles.
As the scrap recycling industry benefits from high metal prices, so does the criminal element involved. Regardless of the industry, it seems that wherever there is money to be made, there are also individuals who try to unfairly exploit the situation to their advantage. Unlicensed and unscrupulous metal scrappers are currently operating in Iowa. They are by buying junk vehicles, crushing them and selling them to scrap processors for a profit, without abiding by Iowa’s motor vehicle junking laws.