Waste management is now the biggest issue in manufacturing industries because of widespread environmental concerns. The impacts of hazardous industrial wastes, toxic gas emissions and liquid chemicals on the earth, air, and water are irrecoverable. This is the reason manufacturing businesses today must strive to have effective waste treatment measures to minimise their effect on the environment. If you own an automobile manufacturing unit and want to benchmark your business in the aspect of waste management, adopt the modern practices, and state-of-the-art facilities for waste treatment. Perhaps, a consultant can help you. But, before that, learn here about the key waste management practices that you need to employ for minimising your environmental impacts.

Recycling of Scrap or Scrapped Vehicles

Waste recycling is the first and the most common practice in waste management. In case of your automobile manufacturing unit, the scraps generated out of old vehicles while repairing or during fabrication of automobile parts. Recycling helps in reducing the amount of wastes generated as the scraps will be cleaned, fabricated, and painted for use in other manufacturing plants.

Draining of Wastes

Most waste management consultants suggest this process for the vehicles that have reached the end-of-life (ELV). The parts of the vehicle are cleansed one-by-one including that of the engine area, tyres, doors, and seats by removing the automotive fluids or battery chemicals. Draining is crucial because the fluids that have the danger to create pollution to the soil or water are removed. The internal parts such as plastic fuel tank or compilations inside the engine which cannot be accessed are to be dismantled following the draining.

Special treatment of plastic wastes

Many parts of automobiles are built with plastics because it is much cheaper, lightweight material and durable. Hence, it can be easily moulded into shape for manufacturing any automotive parts. However, when it comes to the disposal of the plastics, you need to undertake effective measures. At first, try to reuse the plastics from old vehicles’ parts to reduce the use of plastics in your manufacturing process and subsequent generation of plastic wastes. But, for the unavoidable plastic wastes, effective recycling is the best way of waste treatment which reduces the emissions of carbon dioxide and other emissions.

Segregation of glass waste

Glass components are high-tech material used in automobiles for safety and sustainability of automobile parts. While automobile’s glass components are more fragile or thinner, they toughened encapsulation materials, ceramic links or fixing clips too for higher durability. The glass wastes are generated while manufacturing windscreens or side glasses which should be trimmed off. Besides, glasses are environmentally compatible substances and hence can be melted and purified for reusing as cullet (the material used in the production of different glass objects).

Step–by-step treatment of metal wastes

Metals extracted out of the automobile wastes are solid industrial wastes that come from discarded spear parts, construction wastes, and other scraps. Steel or aluminium is the most commonly used metals and you need to follow a systematic process for treating the wastes which include pre-treatment, dissembling of parts, shredding, and treatment of shredder residues.

Waste treatment should be a key priority in your automobile manufacturing business if you want to benchmark your business for efficient wastes management and reduction of environmental impacts. While the use of plastic, glass, metal or rubber are evident, only practising the most effective treatments of their wastes is needed as an assurance to environmental sustainability.

Author's Bio: 

Dylan Munro is an expert business consultant and renowned industrialist who has his blog where he writes on business management tools, cost-efficient production practices, the different ways to benchmark your business. Looking at the rising environmental concerns, many of his articles cover practices of waste treatment and how waste management consultant can help.