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RE: The original recyclers - Automotive Salvage

This is a great discussion.  One of the fears I have had, and they may well be unfounded, is that behemoths of industry such as GM, Whirlpool, and Dell computers will figure out the way to save money is to control the refurbished market as well.  

If GM took back all their vehicles to cannibalize them for new models, if Whirlpool were to incentivize their distributors' efforts for take-back programs, if Dell were to take their own machines back and place those two or three new parts in there to make a "new" computer, would not the blow to small business be enormous?

I can't tell you the number of companies I have in my area of Tennessee that depend on the wasteful tactics of "make, sell, make, sell, make, sell" of huge manufacturers so that they will have after market materials to refurbish or deconstruct for recycle markets.

I agree the giants of consumer goods should be more responsible, but there will be unintended consequences we will have to deal with if many of them ever become "closed loop" operations.  Agree?  Disagree?       

Vaughn Cassidy
West TN Environmental Coordinator
Office of Environmental Assistance
Tn. Dept. of Environment and Conservation
Office: (731) 512-1343
Cell: (731) 267-8963
Fax: (731) 661-6283

>>> "Callahan, Mike" <Mike.Callahan@jacobs.com> 12/2/2008 1:44 PM >>>
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.
-----Original Message-----
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
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
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
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
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

 	 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	
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
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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