Industry Associations Partner on Pilot Program to Increase Automotive Recycling

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Approximately 12 to 15 million vehicles are scrapped each year in the United States. The average lifespan of a vehicle is estimated to be about 11.5 years, and increasingly those vehicles are comprised of more and more plastics. Recovery of plastic components before shredding is largely driven by the resale market, but some recovery for mechanical recycling is also occurring.

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has announced a new project that will test the belief that increased automotive recycling is beneficial to recyclers and the plastics industry. The aim of the “Automotive End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project” is to develop a method of collection and recovery of polypropylene (PP) and thermoplastic olefin (TPO) auto parts in a way that demonstrates technical and economic feasibility.

“We want to make sure that our members see the business benefit of recycling automotive plastics,” said Kim Holmes, senior director of recycling and diversion at SPI. “The way to get real buy-in is to have concrete data that builds the business case for these recovery models.”

Another goal of the ELV Recycling Demonstration Project is to gather information to better guide design for recycling opportunities that can help inform future automotive design and recovery of plastics.

“The automotive supply chain truly sees this as an opportunity to effect change on a number of levels, bringing meaningful change to the front and end of life,” SPI’s senior director of industry affairs Kendra Martin said. READ MORE …

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