Vortex De-pollution and Recycling Equipment is a manufacturer of vehicle recycling equipment for the scrap and vehicle salvage industry, manufacturing in Colorado USA and Nottingham UK. Vortex also offer a range of ferrous and non-ferrous metal and waste processing equipment, making us a complete supply resource for the recycling industry throughout the world. The Vortex De-pollution systems are designed to suit every type of automobile fluid draining requirement from high throughput metal recycling yards and self-service vehicle yards to low volume salvage parts dismantling operations, processing a couple of cars a day.

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Waste and Recycling - Recycling Systems
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Globally (various continents)
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Vortex designs and manufactures equipment for de-pollution end of life vehicles; the equipment has evolved from the earliest days of the UK ELV Directive, when we were asked by Sims Metals to manufacture a system to remove fuels from scrap cars, today that business has grown to cover a full range of specialist vehicle de-pollution tools and equipment and all associated products for vehicle salvage operators, it now includes garage equipment, tools, tanks and process equipment. We manufacture in Nottingham for the UK and European market and in Denver, Colorado for the North American market.

We have designed systems to work with lifts or vehicle stands with products to de-pollute every aspect of a vehicle, to make you compliant with environmental protection agencies requirements or just to do the job in a safer, cleaner and more efficient way. Every one of our tools has been engineered with the operator in mind, from efficient placement of tooling and ergonomic design to the use of ATEX / UL explosive zone rated equipment throughout our range to safely deal with the recovery of gasoline from cars and trucks. Quite simple we make the best auto recycling fluid draining equipment on the market.

Our equipment comes in various types to suit different budgets and volumes of vehicles to be processed; we can supply everything from a gravity oil drainer to full pumped systems with everything in between. We have now categorized our Vehicle Drainage Equipment into three categories, Complete Vehicle De-pollution systems- which offer high throughput and total draining of fluids such as such as gas, oil, coolant, transmission fluid as well as all under hood fluids such as brake fluid, coolant, power assisted steering fluid and windshield wash.This is where you will find our Mega vehicle drain system. Fluid Recovery Systems which offers under hood and under vehicle as separate systems and finally Fluid Recovery Tools which are individual pieces of equipment to allow you to buy what you need for your own system. This way we cover every aspect of safe and efficient vehicle draining. As well as offering a tank punch system to safely recover gasoline, we now also offer a tank drill system from Green Car to maximize customer’s choice when deciding what system best suits them. Vortex vehicle drainage systems, tools and equipment offer the most robust, easy to use, safe solutions to scrap and vehicle salvage vehicle processors throughout the USA and Canada.

As well as manufacturing these vehicle de-pollution systems, we also make and supply equipment for further processing of scrap vehicles, our engine cracker is ideal for separating out valuable aluminum from engine blocks, we supply cable granulators to process wiring harnesses, as well as tire separators, catalytic converter cutters and de canning equipment for recovering the valuable catalyst. We have a range of radiator shears for cleaning the scrap to maximize returns.

What you see on this website covers the standard range of products, but being an engineering company we are regularly asked to make something a little different as not all companies want the same, this bespoke approach means you can mix and match to suit your business needs without breaking the bank, for either a de-pollution system or recycling equipment.

Since Vortex in the UK merged with JMC Recycling Systems, Vortex USA has benefitted with the added range of McIntyre alligator shears, balers and cable processing equipment, we are increasing our Metal Recycling Equipment range all the time, take a look at our range, including UBC can baler lines as well as the aluminum casting machines and pellet tables. Our growing range of new equipment for the Vehicle Salvage and Non-Ferrous metal recycling industries aims to make Vortex the 'go to' supplier.

We can now offer cable processing equipment such as wire strippers and cable granulation systems, including a new system to granulate vehicle wiring harnesses.

We have also added waste shredders to our offering from Wagner Shredders of Austria; this equipment fits our ethos of robust, safe, easy to use, reliable equipment, and is suitable for shredding paper, textile, e waste shredding, light metals and plastics etc. as well as being our pre-shredder of choice for our cable granulating systems.They also supply us with the range of plastic bottle perforators and bale breakers for the plastic and paper recycling industry.

Our equipment is robust, easy to use and reliable. Our designs make the tools operator-friendly and reduce maintenance, thereby increasing productivity, as we make the products ourselves we can very easily change things to suit the customers circumstances.

Potential customers have a variety of issues that they face when deciding what they want from an ELV de-pollution station. It may be limited space, it could be related to the number of vehicles they want to process, or details down to potential spill containment, this is why Vortex has developed equipment for every possibility and it is what really differentiates us from our competitors. We are engineers first and foremost and what our customers like is the  bespoke engineering they get with our system, the well thought out designs that means our equipment just keeps on working efficiently day-in day-out in a very tough environment.

Vortex was the first company in the industry to create and deliver a full two or three day training course for the industry covering all aspects of ELV de-pollution procedures, products, health and safety and environmental compliance. This can be accessed by anyone in the industry regardless of what equipment they are using. Vortex also offers its experience when consulting on process systems for the industry, talk to us about your needs and you will see the benefit we can offer.

Vortex also offers a range of scrap metal processing equipment including, wheel breakers and separators, engine crackers, catalytic converter processing equipment from the vehicle right through to the smelter, alligator shears, a rang of balers including car, ferrous, non-ferrous, shear balers, can balers and magnetic sorters. Cable strippers, aluminum casting machines, waste shredders, bale breakers, PET bottle perforator's and cable granulation equipment.