October 2013: In this issue ...
Atlanta-based Pull-A-Part, LLC (www.pullapart.com) has acquired the El Paso location of Mega U Pull, a self-service auto recycling facility. The new El Paso location is the second Pull-A-Part operation in Texas, following its acquisition of the U-Pull-It Auto Parts location in Brownsville, Texas. The acquisition of Mega U Pull, part of the Pull-A-Part long-term growth strategy, increases the Pull-A-Part holdings to a total of 26 used auto parts superstores in 12 states.
“The addition of Mega U Pull in El Paso to the Pull-A-Part growing network of stores expands our presence in the southwestern market and supports the Pull-A-Part strategy of acquiring outstanding, existing operations or selectively developing greenfield locations across the country,” said Ross Kogon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pull-A-Part. “Pull-A-Part looks forward to serving more new customers in Texas and being a part of the dynamic El Paso community.”
Pull-A-Part has made a concerted effort to set the industry standard of excellence in handling and recycling end-of-life vehicles - developing a unique operating system based on customer service and environmental responsibility. Since its founding in 1997, Pull-A-Part has made an exceptional commitment to resource conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention in the operation of its sustainable recycling business.
Pull-A-Part has been acclaimed for outstanding corporate citizenship by federal, state and local organizations. Most recently, the company’s Louisville, Kentucky operation received the Small Business Environmental Pacesetter Award from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection.
On October 3, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 841, which would have required junk dealers or recycler to make payments for the purchase of metal only through checks mailed to the seller.
Gov. Brown issued a statement on his veto:
“The theft of nonferrous metals has reached epidemic proportions not only in California, but across the United States. In an effort to combat this problem, I signed four bills last year to prevent more theft. Existing law requires that a seller wait three days before receiving payment for metal materials, a written record of the transaction, the name, driver’s license number, license plate number, thumbprint of the seller and a photograph or video of the sell and the material being sold. How much more do you need? What’s really missing today is robust enforcement of our laws.”
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) commended Gov. Brown for recognizing the need for more enforcement of the state’s current metals theft laws before additional laws that could harm the industry are added to the books.
The legislation would have required scrap dealers to only make payments for metals via check through the mail, severely hampering the ability to conduct legitimate business. Governor Brown’s refusal to sign the bill followed a similar response by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to metals theft legislation in New Jersey.
“Governor Brown correctly pointed out that the problem is not a lack of metals theft laws, but a lack of enforcement,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Scrap recyclers across the country are working on a daily basis with law enforcement, prosecutors, and legislators on ways to reduce thefts. We will continue our efforts to curb these thefts that are harming communities.”
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., North America’s largest provider of natural gas for transportation, announced that it will be the first company to commercially distribute a renewable natural gas vehicle fuel, called Redeem, made from waste streams such as landfills, large dairies and sewage plants directly to fleets around the country and at the 35 public Clean Energy stations throughout California. Thousands of cars, taxis, shuttles and industrial fleets in California are now using Clean Energy’s Redeem, which is up to 90 percent cleaner than diesel and 100 percent renewable.
“It’s a landmark day for Clean Energy as the first company to make this revolutionary and renewable transportation fuel made from waste available to our customers,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “Our goal is to produce and distribute 15 million gallons of Redeem in our first year which can make significant progress towards achieving California’s climate change goals and prove that this is a viable, cleaner and abundant alternative fuel source for our future.”
Clean Energy is staking a leadership position in the renewable fuels market through its significant investment in a natural gas fueling infrastructure, including 400 fueling stations throughout the nation, and in the development of multiple biomethane production facilities that will produce Redeem.
According to California Air Resource Board estimates, Redeem sourced from landfill gas can enable up to a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions when displacing diesel or gasoline in CNG. A fleet that consumes 1,000,000 gallons of gasoline per year can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 9,700 metric tons by switching to Redeem, which is the equivalent of taking 1,940 passenger cars off the road per year.
The Automotive Recyclers of Washington mercury switch program has collected its 200,000th switch in August, preventing 445 pounds of the toxic substance from entering the environment and threatening human health.
The state program has been in effect since 2006. Mercury switches were used until 2003 for convenience lights under hoods and in trunks, as well as in early anti-lock braking and airbag systems. In 2003, mercury switches were phased out. But many of these older cars are still on the road.
Washington’s program is a partnership between the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), AROW and End-of-Life Vehicle Solutions, an organization of vehicle manufacturers that no longer use mercury switches.
“The Auto Recyclers of Washington are proud to partner with Ecology to recover these mercury switches,” said Don Phelps, the group’s president and an auto recycler for 45 years. “Auto recyclers are the best example of managing end-of-life vehicles by recovering and selling used parts, which protects the environment and saves consumers a great deal of money as compared to new parts.”
The Legislature provided funding that is expected to keep the mercury switch collection program operating until 2017.
The statewide program relies on auto recyclers - including dismantlers, wrecking yards and scrap metal processors - who voluntarily remove and properly dispose of switches before sending vehicles to scrap metal recyclers. Auto recyclers participating in the program are reimbursed $3 per switch.
Russ Spalding from Spalding Auto Parts in Spokane said, “This program has provided the guidance, training and respective support necessary to focus our entire industry toward a common good.”
Nucor in Seattle melts down the scrap metal from recycled vehicles. The removal of mercury switches means they emit less mercury in the process. Bart Kale, Nucor’s safety and environmental manager, said, “Anything we can do to keep mercury out of the scrap steel feedstock we depend on is worth the effort and we’re encouraged by the results. It’s a great example of business and government working together to make things happen.”
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October 31, 2013: The Locator Magazine goes to press.