Why re­cy­cle?

Seaway News - - AUTO TALK -

Of the 20 mil­lion per­sonal ve­hi­cles in use in Canada, nearly five mil­lion are model year 1995 and ear­lier. The av­er­age life­span of a ve­hi­cle in the 1960s was about 162,000 km. Now, the life­span is nearly 225,000 km ( Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada, 2005). This means that Cana­di­ans to­day are keep­ing their cars on the road for years longer than they used to.

This is a prob­lem be­cause ve­hi­cles man­u­fac­tured in 1995 and ear­lier are typ­i­cally less fuel-ef­fi­cient and lack the lat­est technology for re­duc­ing air-pol­lut­ing emis­sions. Across Canada, tailpipe emis­sions alone make cars, trucks and buses the ma­jor sources of smog pol­lu­tion, es­pe­cially in densely pop­u­lated ur­ban ar­eas.

To­day, ve­hi­cles are de­signed to higher en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards and in­creas­ingly stricter ve­hi­cle emis­sion reg­u­la­tions. These changes have lead to the devel­op­ment and im­prove­ment of tech­nolo­gies like the cat­alytic con­verter, de­signed to re­duce emis­sions that con­trib­ute to pol­lu­tion and smog.

While this is good news, to­tal emis­sions are ex­pected to in­crease be­cause of the grow­ing num­ber of ve­hi­cles on the road. This is where Re­tire Your Ride comes in. We of­fer ve­hi­cle own­ers an easy, free and re­ward­ing op­tion to get their ve­hi­cles off the road and have them re­cy­cled in a re­spon­si­ble way. We will keep cars out of land­fills and dan­ger­ous tox­ins from be­ing re­leased into our air, ground and wa­ter.

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