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July 13, 2017

Car Recycling – Did you know that cars can be recycled? Join Curiosity Quest Goes Green host, Joel Greene as he witnesses the massive power of a car crusher! We begin at a facility that collects old cars. The first step is to pick them up with a huge claw and dump them onto a conveyor belt where they get fed into a giant blender that reduces a vehicle down to chunks of scrap. These scrap pieces are then separated out to various piles of metals, plastics, glass, etc. Next, Greene follows the metal to a steel mill next door, as he watches the most visual process of smelting metal and turning it into liquid lava. In this DVD, we learn what all the scrap metal from old cars can become.



  1. They never said why all those cars get made into low grade rebar, instead of making forks and spoons or steel cans or anything better than crummy rebar.

  2. smellpickle says:

    have been nice to see the car actually being put into the crusher grinder or whatever you want to call that thing

  3. David Oh says:

    why did they interview the same people over and over. They knew nothing every single time.

  4. Minn259 says:

    I disliked this. Too much annoying side comments. There are better and more condensed videos that explain car recycling.

  5. It would be better if it went back into high consumer turnover stuff such as steel food cans and autos. But Conservative interests at local, State, and Federal level probably tariff recycled stuff to price it out of those markets to protect vested corporate and labor interests in the mining sector. Even though there is probably a massive demand for rebar, from wherever it may be sourced. Also what they call ' rio ' for footpaths and driveways, etc. I marginally assisted some tradie constructing a brick and cement practice wall at some tennis club a few years back and he used thin rebar rods in it. They are knocking down and then constructing and reconstructing complexes and towers and multi-tiered car parks all the time. All that requires rebar.

  6. Car recycling is good, comparing women to cars is wrong.

  7. Cool video for beginners, turn that crappy music off or at least down

  8. Well, I drive a 1994 Rover 214. A rare one now, as it's a three door. Still a dependable and comfortable, economical motor. Every time I go to our refuse tip or recycling centre, or even look at the trash bins around here, I'm reminded of what a wasteful world we live in. Found a 70's record player the other day and have repaired it, already have people interested in it ! I still have 5o's fridge too. The older stuff was generally better built than today's equipment, especially if the new item came from China. The really sad thing is that most refuse dumps won't let people take things away and "Reuse" them. So much for this Reduce Reuse Recycle crap.

  9. They can't make I beams or new body panels because it's a "mini-mill." They don't have big huge blast furnaces and just have electric arc furnaces. The roll steel and thick I beams need to be made in a plant with higher capacity that uses actual iron ore, from what I've been told. The little mills like this one can made bar stock, rebar, and round stock in big coils that other outfits turn into tie wire, barbed wire, and other stuff like that. There's a nucor mill just like in this video in my state and I've worked an outage there and talked to a few of their hands.

  10. Shyzah says:

    7:30 Oh my god it's a pontiac trans sport minivan in the back!

  11. Rose White says:

    That reporter was dumb as dumber!

  12. Rose White says:

    all the plastic, fibre and dirt needs to be burned for electricity – even the rust and dirt will burn well.

  13. D eez says:

    how do they deal or handle air pollution?

  14. Ok for steel, but plastic, rubber, glass, fiber, Electric and electrinic parts etc are missing

  15. David Meale says:

    get new cameraman …..he is crap.

  16. Linda Adams says:

    Neat 🙂 Always wondered where/how they used all the stuff we separate to recycle 🙂

  17. libraiis says:

    This could have been really interesting except for the clown doing the show,he is dreadful

  18. Je G says:

    Can't watch anymore. It's nice to see the mentally handicapped working but I think he should be on the sorting line instead of asking stupid fucking questions and trying to be funny. Out

  19. Ant Mallett says:

    @ 6:56, the clown the dumbass reporter is talking to, refers to shredder sieves as being made out of 'manganese, a very hard material.' Manganese is soft as shit, manganese is used as an alloying component in some steels as part of the hardening process

  20. Jean AArouet says:

    Interesting but that boxing ring deadbeat announcer reporter…I know he's trying to be interesting…..but come on!!, Anyway without him we may bnot have seen it so………

  21. Trevor Scott says:

    How did I end up here? I was looking for videos about poop jokes.

  22. Jeri Atrix says:

    Anybody else feel that uncomfortable sense of embarrassment for that dippy reporter?

  23. Joe Dirt says:

    Yes thats true but most car recycling documentarys dont even bother to show the foundrys that melt down the crushed shredded cars and show and explain how its melted down cast rolled out squeezed cooled and cut into the finished product.

  24. Cole Tanner says:

    @12:17 the fence keeps people from walking into the molten metal waterfall. When you have to carry hot metal buckets of slag down to the river. Those poor fishes just melt and boil.

  25. Shepard W says:

    I always wondered what they did with those crushed cars. making rebar makes sense because there are too many different kinds of Steel being melted together and it would be too costly to get 100% of the Slag out.

  26. This program was made for children, but you know what?
    You just successfully entertained a GROWN MAN. Good job.

  27. Cody Rush says:

    You guys, go easy on the script and the host. This was made for children. 🙂

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