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MVMA PRESIDENT COMMENTS ON PROPOSED NEW GOVERNMENT RESEARCH PROJECT ON AUTOMOTIVE RECYCLING

 MVMA PRESIDENT COMMENTS ON PROPOSED NEW GOVERNMENT RESEARCH PROJECT
 ON AUTOMOTIVE RECYCLING
 WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The chief spokesman for U.S. car and truck makers says the industry's pioneering efforts and continuing commitment to recycling represent "an American success story that few industries can match."
 Unrecycled automotive scrap accounts for less than 2 percent of the solid waste sent to American landfills, says Thomas H. Hanna, president and chief executive officer of the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of the United States, Inc. (MVMA).
 "Cars and trucks are one of the most highly recycled consumer products on the market," Hanna notes in MVMA comments on a proposed new government research project on automotive recycling.
 The proposal is part of a research program on municipal solid waste and hazardous waste being drafted by the Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Technology.
 Hanna says the automotive portion would duplicate extensive research already under way in the private and public sectors, and single out the auto industry for government scrutiny "when great progress is being made without government intervention."
 The new proposal could give government regulators a major say on the selection of vehicle designs and materials, says Hanna. "But such factors as design standards for recycling and toxics reduction or substitution must be market-driven and voluntary," he points out. "This proposed approach, which requires government intervention in the day-to- day operations of industry, can only further erode the ability of American businesses to compete in today's world economy."
 Hanna adds: "Vehicle dismantlers and scrappers have been reusing and recycling automobiles and vehicle components for more than 40 years. More than 90 percent of the 9 to 10 million automobiles taken out of service each year are processed through the existing infrastructure. About 75 percent of each automobile is recycled, either through parts reuse or basic materials recovery."
 Current industry research is already under way by the Vehicle Recycling Partnership -- a research consortium established earlier this year by Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation to avoid duplication and reduce costs, he says.
 The automotive partnership is studying ways to increase the amount of recyclable and recycled materials in vehicles, and to establish industry guidelines in such areas as material selection and compatibility, bonding methods and materials, painting and the concept of design for disassembly, Hanna says.
 "Recycling must become a design consideration -- along with the existing design priorities of safety, weight, product quality, desirability, performance, utility and cost," says Hanna.
 Recycling represents a growing challenge to auto makers, he notes, because of the increasing use of plastics to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel efficiency.
 Some plastic parts are already being recycled into new automotive components, he says. And all plastic parts eventually will carry identification codes now in limited use to make plastic sorting and recycling easier.
 After salvage operators strip today's average car of tires, reusable components and recyclable metals, about 600 pounds of shredded plastic, glass, fiber and rubber -- known collectively as "fluff" -- is sent to landfills.
 This totals about 3 million tons a year, or 1.7 percent of the total U.S. municipal solid waste stream. "Although this contribution is slight," Hanna says, "automotive manufacturers are determined to reduce it further."
 The auto salvage and automotive materials industries are also participating with auto makers in the research projects, some of which are coordinated and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Automotive recycling is also discussed in recent or current research by private consultants, national research laboratories, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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 /CONTACT: Gene McKinney or Bob Roach of MVMA, 313-872-4311/ CO: Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of the United States, Inc. ST: Michigan, District of Columbia IN: AUT SU:


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