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Automotive Recyclers Applaud Federal Action To Eliminate Import And Use Of Asbestos Brake Pads In Canada
The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) strongly supports the federal government’s December 2016 announcement to ban the “manufacture, use, import and export” of asbestos-containing products including brake pads by 2018.
Every year approximately 1.6 million vehicles reach their end-of-life in Canada. These end-of-life vehicles (ELV) require proper end-of-life management including “depollution,” dismantling for parts salvage and metals recycling. Amongst materials such as fuels, oils, mercury switches and air conditioning refrigerants (such as chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons) automotive recyclers must also contend with brake pads that may contain asbestos.
While vehicle manufacturers do not install asbestos brake pads, one of the largest categories of asbestos containing products imported into Canada is aftermarket brake pads. Canada imported more than $100 million in asbestos brake pads and linings between 2005 and 2015. Imports of asbestos containing brake pads into Canada continue to increase unabated.
On April 5, 2016 the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change promulgated regulations requiring automotive recyclers to recycle ELV to set environmental standards. These standards include the removal of asbestos brake pads prior to compaction of vehicle hulks in preparation for shipment to metals recyclers.
Steve Fletcher, Managing Director of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada notes, “For an auto recycler there is no way to know whether a brake pad contains asbestos or not. In Ontario, every pad will need to be removed and where the recycler encounters an asbestos brake pad there is inevitably going to be some release of asbestos particulate into the air.” adding, “Today’s announcement is a tremendous step forward in protecting the health of workers that dismantle and recycle ELV. This policy change could not have come soon enough.”
GEP Fuel & Energy announced it will build two new recycling facilities in Carroll County, Indiana. The company will refine recyclable and non-recyclable waste plastic, like the kind created by automobile shredders, into renewable fuels by developing a recycling center and constructing a plastics-to-renewable diesel facility.
GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana President Stephen Hogan announced the recycling center will add 155 - 165 new jobs by 2020 and the diesel refinery will employ 91 by the end of 2018. The combined capital investment for the project is $300 - $410 million.
“Carroll County made sense because of its close proximity to consumer plastic. There was also a logistics advantage in locating the project on a railroad operated by U S RAIL Corporation. Thirdly, state and local officials offered a strong incentive package,” explained Hogan.
Construction is slated to begin on the facilities in early 2017 as weather permits. A public groundbreaking will be held in Spring 2017.
GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana, LLC was founded in 2014. The company is dedicated to converting waste plastic materials into commercially viable products, utilizing environmentally-friendly recycling and manufacturing methods.
The Automotive Recyclers of Minnesota (ARM) will hold a Winter Outing on January 27 - 28, 2017 at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort in McGregor, Minn. The event will feature an ice fishing contest and chili cook off with a $200 cash prize for first place. Go to www.autorecyclersmn.net for more information.
February 2017 Deadlines
December 28, 2016: Listings for The Locator Magazine.
December 30, 2016: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.
January 5, 2017: The Locator Magazine goes to press.