International Roundtable On Automotive Recycling
Auto recyclers from around the world descended on Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada in early September for the 2017 International Roundtable on Auto Recycling (IRT). The event, held Sept. 6 - 8, 2017 at the Hilton Niagara Falls Hotel & Suites, was co-hosted by the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA).
The IRT is held every 18 months and is hosted by one of the founding associations. It brings associations from around the world together to discuss the ever-changing world of auto recycling. It has been previously held in Las Vegas, Tokyo, Coffs Harbour, Quebec City, Liverpool, Phoenix, Kushiro and Malacca City. Each event has allowed global auto recyclers to share information about technical and regulatory trends, business opportunities, and to showcase local and industry best practices.
The 2017 event included a guided bus tour and facility visits on Wednesday, September 6, to Miller’s Auto Recycling in Fort Erie and Thorold Auto parts in Thorold. The welcoming reception was also held that night. Thursday September 7 consisted of plenary sessions and country reports, as well as dinner and entertainment. The event closed on Friday, September 8 with an IRT working session from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The country reports were brief presentations given by each country’s representative about auto recycling in their area. This year featured speakers from Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, India and the United States. ARA executive director Michael Wilson mentioned Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and their aftermath, as well as the Takata airbag recalls and the association’s request for more OEM parts data from auto manufacturers.
Steve Fletcher, the executive director of ARC spoke about auto recycling in Canada and how the country’s geographical differences affect the industry. ARC’s major initiatives include vehicle retirement programs, the promotion of the industry and Canadian Auto Recycler Environmental Certification (CAREC).
Some topics affecting other countries were illegal ELV dumping and illegal auto recyclers and their practices. This affects the auto recycling industry in Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. India also had these concerns, along with modernizing equipment and providing more training on best practices for its workers.