National Geographic : 1981 Feb 28
Chevy. Beyond that, the car may be mashed flat and freighted to a shredding and repro cessing center such as Sidbec-Feruni Inc. (above), located at Contrecoeur, Quebec. Large-scale reprocessing of junked cars for their steel goes back at least to the late 1930s, and scrap now makes up about a third of new steel produced. So a showroom beauty may have within it remains from Studebakers, Packards, Edsels, DeSotos, Nashes, Kaisers, Hudsons, Crosleys, and Willys Aeros. And, of course, washing ma chines and toasters have their odd molecules of Cadillacs, Lincolns, and Chryslers. Yet despite the recycling of steel, the manufac ture of new cars still accounts for 10 percent of all industrial energy use. About a fifth of junked cars are bulldozed into landfills or rust away in weedy obscu rity, never to be reborn.