G&G Auto Recycling has served the Winchester community for 25 years

Auto recycling is a tough business but somebody's got to do it

WINCHESTER, Va. - G&G Auto Recycling has been serving the Winchester community for 25 years.
 
The company sells old car parts and recycles unwanted metal. Company officials said it's a good business but it has been tough throughout the years.
 
"It's a hard life. I mean you're out in the cold, in the heat and it's really tough on you. It's hard on your body," said Vice President of G&G Auto Recycling, Mike Bohnenkanp.
 
The Vice President and part-owner of the company said that car owners come into their business in hopes of saving money.
 
"People are saving money. They don't have to go buy brand new parts, which are probably 3, 4, 5 times more expensive, but I think that's probably the biggest thing. People don't have a lot of money nowadays and are gonna try to save a dollar," Bohnenkanp said.
 
G&G recycles car materials that are not sold by filling up a large bin.
 
"We have a company come in, and we'll fill it with the scrap metals that we can't resell or whatever. They'll bring it. They'll bring an empty roll-off, and they'll load this one, then take it back. Then they just pay us per pound, " Bohnenkanp said.
 
Counselor at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc., Scott Horne, said that recycling one car saves 1,400 lbs of coal and 120 lbs of limestone.
 
"When you recycle one car, you save energy equivalent to 450 gallons of gasoline," Horne said.
 
G&G officials said that technology has caused a couple changes in business but said they enjoy helping people find what they need.
 
"We have a pretty good software system that we use, and it helps us. It takes a little more time but it's fun knowing you are saving customers in the community money," said G&G Auto Recycling Manager, Scott Rizzari.

 


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