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Agawam DPW Collection
(413) 821-0624
1347 Main Street
Agawam, MA

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Goodwill Industries of the Springfield/Hartford Area Inc.
(413) 736-7277
285 Dorset St., Box 80006
Springfield, MA

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West Springfield Drop-Off Site
(413) 263-3247
430 Westfield Street
West Springfield , MA

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Springfield DPW
413-787-626
70 Tapley Street
Springfield , MA

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East Longmeadow Curbside Pickup Program
(800) 545-4560
East Longmeadow, MA

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Goodwill Shoppe's at the X
(413) 785-1579
473 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA

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Longmeadow Recycling Center
(413) 565-4153
Pondside Road
Longmeadow, MA

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WM Recycle America eCycling Services
(413) 785-5331
New England Processing Facility 203 Tremont Street
Springfield , MA

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Suffield Landfill
(860) 668-3838
2715 Mountain Road
Suffield, CT

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Goodwill Retail Store (Chicopee)
(413) 594-5354
355 Front Street
Chicopee, MA

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Recyclable Cars

Recyclable Cars By Alison Lakin, Associate Editor

Each year, around 10 million vehicles are disposed of in the United States. Before vexing your conscience though, you should know that over 95 percent of these “retired” cars head straight to one of the 7,000 vehicle recycling operations around the country and 75 percent of these cars' parts are completely recycled, letting cars claim top spot as the world's most recycled product.


Here DriverSide explores what happens to these automotive materials:

Metals
As the hottest commodity at the moment, steel, iron and other metals comprise about 65 percent of the average vehicle, making the reuse of this product vital to overall automotive recycling efforts. Although reuse of metals started alongside the advent of the automobile, they're more popular than ever before. With construction exploding in rapidly developing countries like China, traders are snatching metals up to sell, and some older cars are now actually worth more for their steel than for their originally intended ‘automotive’ function. Naturally this means, according to the Steel Recycling Institute, that virtually all of this material is recovered for reuse. Wheels, engines, transmissions, wiring and body shells get shredded and filtered by ferrous scrap processors and the material is then sold to steel mills. Your trashed ’79 El Camino could be having a second life as a part of an Indian skyscraper.

Batteries
70 percent of all lead now used in the U.S. is found in car batteries. Fortunately, we’ve known about the toxicity of lead for a while now and recycling systems have been in place for years. Some batteries have enough life to be reconditioned for resale, but the dead ones go to lead reclaiming plants where the toxic substance is extracted to use in new batteries.

“Nearly 90 percent of all lead-acid batteries are recycled,” confirms Latisha Petteway, Spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Almost any retailer that sells lead-acid batteries collects used batteries for recycling, as required by most state laws.”

Tires
In 2005, the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association estimated, based on U.S. census reports, that 299 million tires were discarded. That's a helluva lot of miles covered. Good news: 86 percent of that number was reused. While today’s tires are complex, they are also extremely recyclable. The rubber from old tires makes it into a multitude of materials, from pavements to playground covering. Some are used to create more tires, 16.255 million in 2005 were retreaded – though very few of those were for passenger cars, due to economic factors. They are also able to fuel cement kilns, boilers and paper mills as well.

Fluids
Oil, that fussy liquid which needs to be changed every few thousand miles, isn't just tossed away at lube shops. 380 million gallons are reused or recycled each year in America. It goes through a refining pr...

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