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SPI Project to Increase Automotive Recycling

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The Automotive End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, Washington, D.C., aims to test the belief that increased automotive recycling is beneficial to recyclers and the plastics industry. The goal is to predict trends in demand for recycled materials, so recyclers can invest in processing capacity with greater confidence.

Organizations partnering with SPI to make this program a reality include the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC), Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and a number of independent plastics and automotive recyclers. The goal of the project is to develop a method of collection and recovery of polypropylene (PP) and thermoplastic olefin (TPO) auto parts in a way that demonstrates technical and economic feasibility.

Another goal of the ELV Recycling Demonstration Project is to gather information to better guide design for recycling opportunities that can help inform future automotive design and recovery of plastics. Once gathered and analyzed, the project data and best management practices will be shared broadly with the automotive and plastic recycling industries.

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