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New group for car-parts recycling.

Last month, the newly formed Partnership for Plastics Progress (PPP), Washington, D.C., announced the formation of an Automotive Group within its Durables Committee. Its purpose is "providing leadership and resources to help secure the recovery, recycling, and safe disposal of post-consumer automotive plastics," according to an announcement from SPI's Council for Solid Waste Solutions (CSWS), which is slated to be absorbed into PPP (see PT, Jan. '92, p. 7).

While announcing no specific programs, the group reported that CSWS had completed a demonstration project in cooperation with automobile dismantlers and recyclers, which had recovered several thousand pounds of thermoplastic and thermoset parts. The project reportedly provided "important insight into the technical and economic issues concerning the recovery and recycling of plastics from scrapped automobiles utilizing the existing U.S. automobile recycling infrastructure," according to Dr. Michael M. Fisher, director of technology for the Durables Committee.

"To further expand our understanding of automobile recycling economics," Fisher added, "the Automotive Group has also developed a technical cost model for the recycling of scrapped automobiles... While the demonstration project has given us guidance and direction, it only paves the way for more in-depth programs in the future, including design for disassembly."

In Europe, automotive plastics recycling has moved ahead somewhat faster. The German environmental minister has proposed regulations making auto companies responsible for ultimate disposal of their products. This has prompted some German car makers to establish car disassembly facilities (PT, April '90, p. 163). And Volkswagen AG has gone so far as to make recycled bumpers standard on all VW Polo cars. In cooperation with DSM of The Netherlands, VW reclaims TPO bumpers and then molds them into new ones (PT, June '91, p. 183).

Meanwhile, the PPP has added its first member that is not a resin producer--Procter & Gamble Co. of Cincinnati. And the Partnership has had two dropouts among resin companies, which are no longer members--Amoco Chemical Co. and Rohm and Haas Co.
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Title Annotation:Partnership for Plastics Progress announces formation of Automotive Group
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Date:Mar 1, 1992
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