Recycling Old Cars in Japan — With Fire


So you want to recycle the metal from an old Bluebird to satisfy the demand for new 510s. But you don’t want all that pesky rubber and plastic to contaminate your molten steel. What to do? Burn it off on a giant car rotisserie before crushing the car! Those of us old enough to remember piles of burning tires in junkyards and dumps will probably not find this as shocking, but there was once a time when it was perfectly acceptable to spray any kind of toxic chemical you wanted right into the air. Click here for the video.

Hat tip to Michael S.

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3 Responses to Recycling Old Cars in Japan — With Fire

  1. Ryan said:

    Notice none of the workers are wearing masks? health and safety of days gone by always shocks me…

  2. Nigel said:

    Here in the Toronto area many of these old practices were frequent, until the Hagersville Tire fire. Also living in the vicinity of some coal generation plants made factories that had controlled fire seem common place.

  3. Yoda said:

    Looks like that’s an English Ford Consul, probably not the easiest car to get parts for in 1965 Japan.