The Automotive Recyclers Association recently copyrighted the phrase "the original recycler" since the auto parts recycling industry has a history as long as auto manufacturing. ARA was recently compelled to contact our US Legislative body. It seems that the automaker do not want to embrace auto salvage in their restructuring plans to receive federal aid. It's shocking that the manufacturing of new OEM parts do not want recycled parts to be resold. Their own self interest could damage the largest recycling market in existance. This is an ongoing issue in the auto recylcling industry - for years the OEM's have kept secret the knowledge of interchangeable parts from make, model & year vehicles to stimulate the sale of new OEM parts when recycled parts exist in the market.
From ARA correspondence to Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid:
"At present, recycled auto parts are competing against a new OEM auto parts industry that
commands some 70-80% of the collision and mechanical repair parts market. However, educated consumers embrace ?recycled? auto parts usage because of the benefits to the environment along with their substantial consumer savings in reduced repair costs and lower insurance premiums. Not to mention, these quality ?green? auto parts meet the performance, safety, fit and durability standards of the OEM.
Misleading the American consumer about green auto recycling has serious environmental
consequences. Reuse is the most efficient form of recycling. It reuses an existing resource and
saves all the original resources and energy that would have to go into making that new part. The
carbon dioxide reductions for each recycled part reused is substantial. However, millions of
potentially ?green? recycled parts remain unused in today?s motor vehicle repair economy
wasting millions of countless natural resources in the process.
Our concerns, however, are that the automobile continue to be most recycled consumer
product in the world. Currently, the automobile is the number one recycled consumer product in
the world ? 95 percent of all end-of-life vehicles in the U.S. go through a market-driven
recycling infrastructure with no added costs or taxes to the consumer, with 84 percent by weight of each vehicle recycled. The rate far exceeds the numbers for recycling titans such as
newspaper (74 percent), aluminum cans (51 percent) and glass (22 percent). This saves valuable global resources and has a great impact on keeping contaminants and hazardous materials out of landfills, water, and air. In fact, every motor vehicle that is recycled through the scrap process saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone. As well, the steel from six end-of-life vehicles is all that is needed to frame a 2000-square-foot home. The alternative is to cut down 40 to 50 trees."
Measurement data provided also included a study of a 1999 compact car and the carbon emission saved by the salvage and reuse of the parts, available in Excel.
OH The power of GOOD MEASUREMENT - let's hope it helps! please let me know if you want the email forwarded to you - it also includes the position statements the Automakers wrote on why they do not want recycled parts in the market.
Sue Schauls Consulting
(Environmentalist for the Iowa Automotive Recyclers)
2214 Regal Ave
Waterloo, Iowa 50702
319/233-7970 Home office/fax