BMW Recycling Process: Letting Go Of Your Old Beemer



Letting go of an old BMW can feel like losing a friend. Your Beemer has been there for you through countless adventures and helped you build many memories. You probably question your decision to trade in your old BMW a few times wondering how many more miles you could squeeze out of it. But then you’re reminded of the new 3 Series, 7 Series or X Series model you’ve been dreaming of owning and know you’re making the right decision.


Buying a new BMW is a thrilling experience. From shopping for the perfect new model to signing the papers and driving off the lot, the day you bring your new Beemer home is not one easily forgotten. Our team at BMW of San Antonio works from beginning to end to make your car-buying visit effortless and easy. In fact, we’ve been told the only hard part of buying a new BMW is trading in the old one.


Much like the emotional attachment will always remain, so too will part of your BMW. How so? Almost 90% of a BMW can be recycled at the end of its lifecycle due the cutting edge technology employed at the BMW Group Recycling and Dismantling Center. Here’s how the process works:


  1. The car is drained of all fluids including oil, brake fluid, coolant, etc.

  2. Airbags and belt tensioners are deactivated and the battery is neutralized.

  3. All parts are removed and the body of the car is compacted into a cube.

  4. The cube is shredded into small pieces and then sorted to separate metal from plastics using magnets and currents.

  5. Pieces can be reused as secondary raw material.


Sustainability and responsibility have always been an integral part of the BMW brand. With every BMW carefully designed to be dismantled and recycled at its end of life, we are closing the gaps in the material cycle and striving to make a meaningful contribution to the conservation of natural resources.



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