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Re: The original recyclers - Automotive Salvage



And don't forget smart design for end-of-life vehicles too! After all, cars do wear out and with smart design the recycling rate could go up from an already impressive number.
 
As a matter of fact, ARA is already involved in a fluid study to identify parts that are problematic to recover 100% of the fluid at dismantle with the hopes of providing feedback to the manufacturers to make the parts more end-of-life friendly. I'll keep you posted.
 
I hunt down the % parts that come off the car number...
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Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 1:44 PM
Subject: RE: The original recyclers - Automotive Salvage

Some interesting numbers.  But I'll assume that the 84% by weight figure for automobile recycling mainly applies to melting down all of the metal and recasting. Is there any info as to what percentage of parts are reusable versus the percentage of parts that are actually reused?  Say, out of 100 alternators removed from junked cars, do 10, 50, or 90 find direct reuse?
 
And why just target the OEM for repair sales?  If Detroit were to standardize the design of basic parts then you could reuse the parts in the production of new cars.  The trick would be to have an extensive refurbishment and test program so that one could provide warranties on the recycled parts. This will add some costs to the recycled parts, but the overall benefit is still there. 
 
I think that the main objection to closing the loop is that business always has this grow or die mentality. Detroit is looking for a bailout while they will still sell a million cars this year (ok, don't quote me on this figure but even a 50% drop in sales means that they are still selling a lot of cars).  And if you apply the concept of sustainability, then they should be able to turn a profit even when sales equal the natural replacement rate without growth.  If you can't do that, you're not sustainable. Okay, enough soap box.
 
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From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net]On Behalf Of Sue Schauls
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 8:49 AM
To: P2 Region 7; p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: The original recyclers - Automotive Salvage
 
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.
 
  Parts Quantity of
carbon dioxide reduction (kg)
engine unit cylinder head 28.3
radiator 58.8
fuel injector 8.2
throttle chamber 8.2
carburetor 8.2
engine 261.0
chassis
unit
steel hubcap 21.3
aluminium hubcap 7.4
differential gear 34.4
rear suspension 47.6
front suspension 45.1
brake shoe 1.8
rear brake 24.3
front brake 34.6
power steering 18.1
power steering pump 48.1
driving shaft 13.6
automatic transmission 179.0
manual transmission 89.7
*evaluation model is a compact car, 1500cc class, 1999 model.
 
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
319/290-7843 Cell
 
 

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