Junk Car & Auto Recycling Stats
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Junk Car & Auto Recycling Stats

2023 Junk Car Stats & Facts Infographic

10 million passenger vehicles are scrapped every year worldwide. – NIH (2021)

25 million total vehicles reach end-of-life vehicle (ELV) status every year worldwide. This accounts for 8 million tons of waste. – Sullivan Foundation (2020)

12 million vehicles are recycled in the U.S. each year. – Sullivan Foundation (2020)

13 million new vehicles can be made from the steel recycled from ELVs in North America each year. – Sullivan Foundation (2020)

4 million motor vehicles are recycled annually by professional automotive recycling industry establishments in the U.S. and Canada combined. – ARA (2023)

$7.3 billion is the anticipated used car parts wholesaling revenue for 2023 in the U.S. – IBISWorld (2023)

2,845 businesses make up the used car parts wholesaling industry in the United States. – IBISWorld (2023)

140,000 automotive recycling jobs exist in the United States. – ARA (2023)

24,000 people are employed in the used car parts wholesaling industry in the U.S. – IBISWorld (2023)

9,000 automotive recycling facilities exist around the U.S. – ARA (2023)

86% of the materials used to make a car is recycled, reused, or used for energy recovery. – ARA (2023)

2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved for every ton of new steel made from recycled steel. – ARA (2023)

96% of lead acid batteries are recycled. – ARA (2023)

70% of the total recycling process of ELVs is associated with transportation. Dismantling accounts for only 25%. – NIH (2021)

75% of a vehicle is made out of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Simply put, ferrous metals have iron in them, while non-ferrous metals don’t. – EPA (2017)

25% of an average vehicle’s weight is from non metals, including tires, fluids, glass, plastic, fabric, rubber, and other materials. – EPA (2017)

19 liters (5 gallons approx.) of fluids are in the average vehicle. These fluids include 10.2 liters (2.7 gallons) of fuel, 3.6 liters (1 gallon) of engine oil, 2.8 liters (0.7 gallons) of coolant, 1.3 liters (0.3 gallons) of transmission oil, and 0.8 liters (0.2 gallons) of steering gear oil. – EPA (2017)

1943 is when the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) was established. – Sullivan Foundation (2020)

13.9 million passenger car, pickup truck, and SUV sales took place in the United States in 2022. U.S. vehicle sales peaked at around 17.5 million in 2016. This number is down 7.8% year-over-year. – MarketLines (2023)


Processing End-of-Life Vehicles: A Guide for Environmental Protection, Safety and Profit in the United States-Mexico Border Area – EPA (2017)

Recycling Cars in the Modern World – Sullivan Foundation (2020)

Remanufacturing End-of-Life Passenger Car Waste Sheet Steel Into Mesh Sheet: A Sustainability Assessment – NIH (2021)

Industry Statistics – We are the Original Recyclers – ARA (2023)

Used Car Parts Wholesaling Industry in the US – Market Research Report – IBISWorld (2023)

USA – Automotive Sales Volume, 2022 – MarketLines (2022)