Posts made in September, 2017

High-tech auto recycling leaders in the green economy

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on High-tech auto recycling leaders in the green economy

High-tech auto recycling leaders in the green economy

Andrew Macdonald, owner of Maritime Auto Parts in Glenholme, Nova Scotia, is a passionate voice for and leader in the automotive recycling industry. His business, which employs 23 people at three Nova Scotia locations, is one of a few dozen recycling operations in the Maritimes that operates to high standards of environmental responsibility and stewardship. All are members of the Auto Recycling Association of Atlantic Canada and as such conform to extremely high environmental standards and practices in all facets of how they process vehicles for recycling and/or reuse. Recycling, reusing and/or repurposing used auto parts is nothing new. Doing it in an environmentally sensitive and hightech era and in a demanding competitive global economy is. As Andrew points out “When we’re bidding at auctions for inventory vehicles we’re not just competing with other local or regional operations anymore but increasingly buyers from around the world. Many of these buyers are in countries with little to no environmental recycling standards so beyond the added buying competition we are concerned about the global green impact.” Added to that are the demands of a modern customer base that requires instant service and high quality and the parts recycling business begins to resemble a localized auto in management, operation and high tech solutions. To keep up with the pace of modern time and delivery standards, Maritime Auto Parts uses an ever more updated and advanced computer system to manage inventory and to maintain up-to-date data on the available vehicle market aka their parts supply. As Andrew explained, on an average one of his vehicle buys he’s looking at twenty core component parts that trend as being in demand at any given time – data he’s able to track through their computer system. Those core parts are the value proposition for him in a car. The operation will inventory, on average, 75 parts per car but those baseline 20 parts are the business case. Reputations are built on quality and customer service and after over 80 years in business, in one form or another, the latest proprietor is focussed on maintaining that edge and building on the storied history. With expectation of “right now” service in all sectors the auto recycling biz is no different. They field three to four hundred calls a day and not only is time of the essence in terms of delivery so too is quality. Andrew has three quality control staff that verify that each part going out the door is in exactly the condition it’s been inventoried and advertised on their website. Beyond the clear environmental benefits of recycling/reusing parts Andrew made a good point. “If your Subaru ends up in a body shop and needs this or that part, if we’re supplying it it’s an original Subaru part, not an aftermarket one. Important to remember that we’re maximizing, to the best we can, what came out of the, in this example, Subaru factory.” Interestingly, in the ever evolving and progressing world of automotive recycling there is an emerging market in the sale of historically low demand parts to companies that remanufacture them. Everything from key fobs to radiators. Maritime Auto keeps a series of bins where they separate these items out and sell and ship them off to these firms all over North America. Always with an eye on the future and where the industry is headed, the second generation Macdonald owner of Maritime Auto Parts sees plenty of challenges and opportunities moving forward. The Waterloo Mechanical Engineering Alumnus chose to take-over and modernize this business after a few years working for some of the big automakers in Ontario and with his and the wider industries continued dedication to the environmental cause, the auto recyclers really are the “Green Leaders” of the automotive business chain. by Andrew Skaling, Auto & Trucking Atlantic November 2017 The post High-tech auto recycling leaders in the green economy appeared first on Automotive Recyclers of Canada. Source: Industry...

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Auto recycling: The Circular Economy 

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Auto recycling: The Circular Economy 

Understanding reduction, re-use, recycling and valorization can be a huge benefit. As of June 2017, the Association of Auto Part Recyclers in Quebec (ARPAC) has embodied the 3RV (Reduction at source, Reuse, Recycling and Valorization) Contribution as a small charge on bills for used car parts that are issued by members in the province—10 percent of a total invoice to a maximum of $5. As the automotive industry is always evolving, this contribution is designed to support investments to help lower the environmental impact of end-of-life vehicles. The name of the endeavour, 3RV Contribution, was inspired by the circular economy, which considers everyone involved in the creation and life of a product to figure out the best way to reduce energy and the use of raw materials. Understanding the circular economy model is seen as the best way to partner together from an environmental standpoint, because it considers the whole life of an asset, such as a car, from production to end-of-life. ARPAC and ARC ARPAC has been geared toward environmental protection for the last 45 years.A member of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC), ARPAC also contributed to the Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code (CAREC), which ensures all members of ARC are audited every three years to meet the national organization’s environmental standards. In addition to the ARC audit, the 34 ARPAC.comm/ members have an additional third-party audit every two years. ARC supports the 3RV Contribution initiative, as auto recyclers are one of the few industries that can back up the cost of being ahead of environmental regulations. Where AARPAC is concerned, discussions began more than 10 years ago on the obligation to maintain the highest standards in environmental protection. This was just before the start of the mercury switch recovery program, which gave birth to the “Switch Out” program across Canada. There has also been a contribution to a best-practices guide for end-of-life vehicle management, first released by Quebec in 1998. Economic and Environmental Investment ARPAC has been investing in environmental protection for the last 45 years, and has seen first hand how the Quebec Environment Quality Act has evolved during this same time. Our goal is to exceed the minimum standards set by the government to ensure that their members are the best in the industry at end-of-life vehicle recycling, and to promote the fact that buying a green part makes good sense ecologically and economically. Environmental protection is something for which we should all be responsible and accountable. If there’s room within an industry or within your area of an industry to stay ahead of the curve, it should definitely be a priority for your business or association. Collision Management Magazine, September 2017 The post Auto recycling: The Circular Economy  appeared first on Automotive Recyclers of Canada. Source: Industry...

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