ASPIRE looking to put an end to auto wasters

Recently established data-based organisation, ASPIRE, believes it has found a way to reduce the cost of waste disposal, and is looking at the automotive industry to test it.

The Advisory System for Processing, Innovation and Resource Exchange has broken away from its origins, CSIRO’s Data61, to create an online marketplace that matches businesses looking to dispose of the waste it creates with remanufacturers, purchasers and recyclers of waste. This means automotive companies can send their waste to recycling companies instead of dumping it in landfill and adding further harm to the environment.

The organisation is targeting the automotive industry due to the massive amounts of waste currently being created by the thousands of car dealers and servicing and repair shops around the country.

ASPIRE Director, Cameron McKenzie, says the automotive industry is one of the largest contributors of waste, and work needs to be done to turn this waste crisis around before it’s too late.

“Dealers are currently paying to get rid of these resources when it could be turned into a profitable revenue stream with someone else around the corner,” said McKenzie.

“Dealers who want to be leaders in the waste industry and set an example for others can be part of a circular economy that is not only socially responsible but equitable.

“This programme could be massive for the automotive sector; it’s about giving dealers and the wider auto industry like body repairers and independent workshops the tools to effectively reduce their waste and recover resources.”

McKenzie also brought up the construction industry as an example of laws being put in place requiring companies to recycle waste, suggesting the automotive industry should follow suit.

The construction industry requires by law that companies take great care in recycling and disposing of their waste carefully.

Chief Executive of The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Geoff Gwilym, was happy to see more automotive recycling businesses on-selling parts rather than sending them to landfill, but believed more businesses need to follow.

“We put 200,000 tonnes of un-recycled automotive waste in the ground every year, not the metal, all the other material,” said Gwilym.

David Nolan, Executive director of the Auto Recyclers Association of Australia was also of the opinion that as a country, Australia was slipping when it came to recycling.

“Compared with Japan, China, Europe and the US, Australia’s regulatory system for vehicle recycling is totally inadequate,” said Nolan.

“Automotive waste has a significant environmental impact because vehicles are highly intensive of material resources.”

According to research out of Yale University, Australia ranked 21st globally in Environmental Performance Index, with heavy metal exposure (46th), biodiversity and habitat (61st) and climate and energy (98th) categories pulling the country down.

Original source: AutoTalk (August 2019) | Waging war on auto waste

7 Aug 2019

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