How to Recycle Aluminum Wheels

by Kassandra Bragg

Aluminum wheels, once considered an aftermarket bonus, now come standard on many vehicles. Whether because you've had a traffic accident that damaged your wheels or because you want an upgrade, you may choose to replace your current aluminum wheels. Throwing away your old aluminum wheels creates an unnecessary environmental burden; and they're worth something, too. You can reduce the environmental impact by choosing to recycle them; or you may recoup some of your initial investment into your wheels by selling them to a scrap metal yard.

Drop-Off Facility

Locate the closest recycling facility in your area that accepts aluminum wheels. Use an Internet search engine to narrow and expedite your search.

Load your wheels onto your vehicle. Ask an assistant to help you if transporting the quantity and weight of the wheels exceeds your abilities.

Drop your wheels off at the recycling facility in the designated location during regular business hours.

Sell Your Wheels for Cash

Contact several scrap metal yards in your area that accept aluminum wheels for quotes. Use an Internet search engine to expedite your search.

Select the scrap metal yard to do business with based on convenience, location and the best price offered.

Load your wheels onto your vehicle. Ask an assistant to help you if transporting the quantity and weight of the wheels exceeds your abilities.

Drop your wheels off at the chosen scrap yard during regular business hours and secure your payment.

Tip

  • check Each city and state practices different rules and regulations in regard to recycling procedures. Contact your local EPA for specifics.

Warning

  • close Use your legs, not your back, when lifting heavy wheels.

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About the Author

Kassandra Bragg began writing professionally in 2010. Bragg is passionate about her writing, bringing personal knowledge and experience on the military, auto mechanics, parenting, relationships, pregnancy and fitness. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow.

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