Radiator Recycling

Why are radiators no longer used?

Radiators have become less popular as central heating systems have become more efficient and reliable. Many newer homes are now built with forced-air systems that provide heat through ducts and vents in the walls, ceilings, or floors. These systems are more energy-efficient than radiators and require less maintenance. 

What are radiators made of?

Radiators are typically made of an aluminum core that has been cast, extruded and/or rolled. Aluminum is lightweight and forms a strong heat transfer material, making it ideal for radiators. Copper is also used in some radiator designs. It offers better thermal conductivity than aluminum but is heavier and more expensive. Plastic or steel fins are added to the aluminum or copper cores to increase surface area and aid in heat dissipation. 

What are the environmental benefits of recycling radiators?

Recycling radiators can have a number of positive impacts on the environment. First, recycling radiators reduces the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of in landfills. This reduces the amount of resources used when creating and maintaining landfills and also helps to protect natural habitats that may be threatened by overfilled landfills. Additionally, recycling radiators preserves valuable materials such as aluminum and copper that are used to manufacture them. By recycling these materials, we save natural resources that would have otherwise been used to produce new radiators.

How are radiators recycled?

Radiators are usually recycled by a process called smelting. During this process, the metal in the radiator is melted and separated into its constituent metals — typically aluminum, copper, brass and steel — which are then collected and reused to create new radiators or other products. The plastic parts of the radiator may also be recycled if they can be separated from the metal. The recycling process for radiators helps to reduce waste and conserve natural resources. Although Cohen only recycles metal, learn more about where to recycle non-metal materials.

What are the risks of not recycling my radiator?

Not recycling your radiator carries many risks, including environmental damage and potential health hazards. Without proper disposal, radiators can leak toxic chemicals into the environment that can contaminate waterways, soil and air. These hazardous chemicals may also enter homes through the air or groundwater, potentially exposing people to dangerous toxins. 

Can I make money from recycling my radiator?

Recycling radiators is a great way to get paid, but it’s more than just tossing them in the bin. Factors like hazardous waste can mean extra handling and create small fees for recyclers. Even with a small fee, you’re making the world around you greener and your own life leaner – helping both the environment and economy while decluttering at home. 

Find A Scrap Yard

Cohen operates several public and commercial recycling centers in Ohio and Kentucky.

HAPPY EARTH WEEK! Get paid more for your scrap at Cohen the week of April 22nd.