Industry led Initiative Launched to Tackle Issue of Automotive Waste

The issue of plastic waste disposal and management in the automotive industry will be tackled by a group of industry leaders under a new initiative led by Planet Ark.

The new WasteMotive initiative will see a collaboration of forward-thinking business leaders and organisations come together in an effort to take the lead on the issue of waste management and institute industry-wide change when it comes to recycling automotive parts.

Despite crucial advancements in technology occurring in the collision repair industry, vehicles, repair processes, machinery and waste management over the last few decades, a lack of regulations when it comes to safely and ethically managing automotive waste has resulted in little action being taken on recycling automotive waste.

As a result, automotive waste, particularly plastic waste that comes from vehicle bumpers and headlights will commonly be dumped in landfill, or left to be stock-piled at wrecking yards or in back yards, leading to environmental concerns.

Looking to take drastic action in affecting real change, the WasteMotive initiative, led by Planet Ark and Plastfix, will bring together a key group of industry stakeholders, with industry organisations including Bridgepoint, AMA Group and Perl Street jumping on board to support the cause.

The initiative will focus on six key pillars of action to develop sustainable solutions for disposing of waste and create awareness of the environmental issues being caused by a lack of action to this point.

The first pillar will be to eliminate all automotive plastic waste sent to landfill by developing new waste processing solutions, prioritising projects that focus on reusing and recycling automotive parts.

Secondly, the initiative will aim to establish a Micro Recycling Hub, where plastic parts can be recycled or repaired for re-use in the industry through Green Credits.

The initiative has also identified a lack of economic value as an impediment to the larger-scale uptake of plastic recycling in the automotive industry.

Extracting value from plastic automotive waste not only creates a source of income for the industry, but it will also eliminate the costs of storing the waste or disposing of it; a win-win scenario.

A platform that connects businesses and promotes parts-share trading of recycled or repaired parts will also be set up.

The project will also look to increase consumer and industry awareness of the initiative and the benefits of committing to reducing the amount of automotive waste that gets abandoned or dumped in landfill. A series of online and print materials will be produced throughout the span of the initiative to keep stakeholders informed and aware.

And finally, the initiative will set its sights on developing a better-regulated waste management system, working with insurance companies, industry associations and the government to introduce strict regulations for the safe disposal of automotive waste.

The WasteMotive initiative is in the process of securing additional funding to fund the introduction of new sustainable solutions over the next 12 months.

With the issue of waste management continuing to plague the automotive industry, MTA Queensland supports the application for grant money to further develop the WasteMotive initiative scheme.

For more information about the WasteMotive initiative, including information on how you can get involved, visit the WasteMotive website.

27 August 2020

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