Britain’s leading car salvage, dismantling and recycling company, SYNETIQ, has proved it is a canny operator when it comes to recycling aluminium from its vehicles.
On average, SYNETIQ extracts more than 5200 tonnes of aluminium during the vehicle recycling process each year, which would be enough to create 346 million drinks cans. Instead of bolstering the beverage business, however, SYNETIQ redistributes the aluminium back into the supply chain as part of its integrated, circular recycling model.
It is all part of SYNETIQ’s initiative called ‘Our Road to Tomorrow’, of which the key aim is to be the most trusted and sustainable business in its sector.
The initiative included a study into the true CO2 footprint of SYNETIQ’s operations and the CO2 savings that can be achieved by using green parts in automotive repairs while highlighting the environmental benefits of integrated salvage and recycling.
Aluminium is commonly used throughout modern vehicles, including body panels, wiring, wheels, engine and transmission, and must be carefully separated during the recycling process.
Ray Curry, Operations Director at SYNETIQ said:
“We’ve invested in equipment and procedures to help us extract the maximum amount of reusable material from the vehicles we handle.” He added: “Aluminium recovery is a key element of this process, as the material is 100% recyclable. That means we create new CO2 savings every time we recycle it.”
Using recycled Aluminium reduces CO2 emissions by 92%, compared to raw material use, and saves 95% of the energy needed for primary production*, according to a 2020 report by the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation.
Aluminium is an incredibly versatile material, its strong and lightweight properties making it perfect for a range of reuses, whether that’s manufacturing beverage cans and cooking foil, or for aerospace and alloy wheel manufacturing.
SYNETIQ processes more than 70,000 vehicles each year, using the waste hierarchy of reduce, reuse, remanufacture and recycle to maximise the sustainability of operations. Vehicles that aren’t safe for repair, and don’t contain reusable parts, are separated down into raw materials for recycling.
“For us, recycling is always the last remaining option,” adds Ray. “Avoiding waste is our priority, so if a vehicle or part can be reused for its intended purpose in its current form, that’s the route we’ll choose.”
Over the last two years, the business has helped clients avoid 5.5 million kilograms of CO2 through the supply of green parts alone – the equivalent CO2 of powering 662 homes for one year.
*Source – EuRIC AISBL – Metal Recycling Factsheet (2020)
SYNETIQ is the largest integrated salvage, dismantling and vehicle recycling company, formed to become the most innovative and trusted business in the industry.
A fast-paced, progressive business, SYNETIQ leads the way in raising industry standards and continually innovates ways of working, to deliver great value, ensure complete compliance and a fantastic experience. All of this is underpinned with the wealth of experience held by our Directors, who have over 150 years between them.
SYNETIQ is proud to have major household names in its portfolio, including insurers, accident management companies, fleets, police forces, logistics companies, vehicle repair Bodyshop’s, and remanufacturers.
With cutting edge data and software solutions, multiple sites, a specialist vehicle recovery fleet and over 480 dedicated UK-based employees, customers and clients trust SYNETIQ to create bespoke solutions to deliver the maximum financial returns for their business. Its primary goal is to understand needs and preferences, delivering the best solution, right first time.