September 2016

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Independent Company Offers Full-Service Automotive Recycler Certification

NSF International introduced its new Full-Service Automotive Recycler Certification Program during NACE 2016, held August 9 - 13 in Anaheim, Calif. The certification program will provide independent, third-party certification to verify that automotive recyclers are able to meet grading, labeling and traceability requirements as well as federal, state and local recycler requirements. co-sponsored the NSF Full-Service Automotive Recycler Certification Program.

"NSF International has established a strong quality brand in the collision repair industry and Car-Part is happy to work with NSF to further strengthen the NSF brand and the recognition of quality recycled parts distributors," said Jeff Schroder, CEO of

“There are thousands of automotive recyclers in the United States today. With NSF recycler certification, qualifying recyclers now have a way to differentiate themselves in terms of providing high-quality recycled parts with regular audits of their processes,” added Roger Schroder of, an industry expert who sponsored and helped develop the protocol on which the certification program is based.

The Car-Part Pro marketplace for the collision and professional mechanic industries supports NSF certification, allowing insurers and repairers to easily select NSF-certified distributors.

Automotive recyclers and industry experts worked with NSF International to develop the requirements for the NSF Full-Service Automotive Recycler Certification Program in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures. The program will help insurers, regulators and consumers identify certified recyclers who meet all requirements including those pertaining to business, licensing, reporting, environment and safety. The program also includes operations requirements for vehicle acquisition, dismantling, equipment, parts storage, customer service and sales.

Recyclers that meet all certification requirements can use the NSF Certified Automotive Recycler mark on their website and promotional materials. NSF certified recyclers also will be included in NSF’s online certification listings and undergo ongoing facility audits to maintain certification.

Additional information about NSF's Full-Service Automotive Recycler Certification Program can be found at

Automotive Aluminum Recycling Rate Higher Than 90 Percent

New research from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling confirms an overall recycling rate of 91 percent for automotive aluminum. The peer-reviewed study, funded by the Aluminum Association (, examines how much aluminum used in the United States’ light-duty automotive sector is recovered and recycled from vehicles at end of life.

This new study supports findings from earlier third-party government and auto industry reports to confirm aluminum is the most sustainable choice for the environment.

“We set out to detail exactly how aluminum is separated and recovered at the end of a vehicle’s service life and findings show it is highly recyclable and is recovered and reused at very high rates,” said Professor Diran Apelian, founding director of WPI’s Metal Processing Institute, which is home of the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling. “With an eye toward reducing the nation’s energy consumption, lowering carbon emissions and increasing fuel economy, this study confirms that as aluminum use continues to grow in the automotive sector it also enhances energy security and environmental protections.”

The new study, Automotive Aluminum Recycling at End of Life: A Grave-to-Gate Analysis, details a “grave-to-gate” analysis, which spans the moment an automobile becomes obsolete to the moment the aluminum metal units are completely recycled and enter back into life as input material for new applications, including vehicles. Researchers attribute automotive aluminum’s high recycling rate to the metal’s economic value, citing the “concerted effort to recover this valuable lightweight commodity from end-of-life vehicles.”

“Aluminum continues to show its fundamental value as a sustainable solution at every stage of an automobile’s life,” said Tom Boney, chairman of the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) and vice president and general manager, Automotive Value Stream, Novelis North America. “As the United States and the rest of the world continue to strive for a more environmentally friendly future, aluminum is a big part of the solution and this new data confirms it.”

View the full report at

California, Illinois, Texas And Missouri Plan September Events

Several auto recycling associations will hold events this September.

The State of California Auto Dismantlers Association (SCADA) will hold its annual events at The Grand Sierra in Reno, Nev. On September 15 – 17, 2016. Go to for more information.

The Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois (ATRI) will hold its 2016 convention and trade show during the Route 66 Mother Road Show on September 23 – 24. Visit for more information.

The Texas Automotive Recyclers Association (TARA) will meet at the Holiday Inn Kemah Boardwalk on September 30 – October 1, 2016 for its annual conference and trade show. More information can be found at

The Missouri Automobile & Truck Recyclers Association (MATR) will also have it annual convention, meeting and trade show on September 30 – October 1, 2016. Their 42nd event will be held at the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, Mo. Go to for more information.

Special Ads Available For ARA Issue

Association ads will be available for The Locator Magazine’s October 2016 ARA issue, which coincides with the national association’s annual event. Eighth-page ads can be purchased for $185 and include special placement, plus a logo on the magazine’s Web Pages.

Promo ads will also be available for $55. These ads feature a company name, city, state, phone and website.

This issue is taken to the national convention, held this year in Baltimore, Md. on October 26 - 29, 2016, where it will be seen by attendees. Contact Cindy or Tina at

October 2016 Deadlines

  • August 31, 2016: Listings for The Locator Magazine.

  • September 2, 2016: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.

  • September 8, 2016: The Locator Magazine goes to press.


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