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Repair, Recycle, Repeat: Going Green in the automotive sector
In 2016-17, national recycler and automotive parts supplier ACM Parts stopped nearly 11 million kilograms of steel from being released into the environment. This amount of metal could build the Eiffel Tower one-and-a-half times over.
ACM Parts chief executive officer Mike Kirkman said the business has set a new standard for environmental sustainability in the automotive recycling sector.
“At our Arundel warehouse last year we managed to recycle more than two-and-a-half million kilos of steel, more than 4000 batteries, and 17,500 litres of oil, which is just phenomenal,” he said.
Behind this success is an unwavering commitment to improve end-of-life sustainability options for motor vehicles.
ACM Parts’ dedication has seen the company also recycle lead from 15,486 car batteries and capture 116,270 litres of oil nationally from cars it dismantled last year.
“Lead from automotive batteries in particular is incredibly damaging for the environment so we continue to do all we can to stop this harmful waste from going into the ground,” Mr Kirkman said.
“Our levels of waste recovery from recycled vehicles also extend beyond the traditional automotive fluids, scrap metal and batteries to include plastic bumpers and e-waste.”
“In addition, we’re always investigating new ways to better separate and recover different plastics and acrylics found in late model vehicles.”
ACM Parts’ efforts have resulted in its Southport dismantling site and three other ACM Parts production facilities to date achieving Level 2 Green Stamp accreditation, with the inclusion of another four sites to coincide with National Recycling week activities.
The Green Stamp program is run by the state motor trade associations and recognises automotive businesses that take positive steps to reduce environmental impact through areas such as air quality management, energy and resource conservation, and waste disposal practices.
“A big part of achieving level 2 accreditation is the attention given to voluntary initiatives beyond just basic legislative compliance,” Mr Kirkman said.
“Repairers and consumers are increasingly becoming more concerned about a business’s environmental impact and we are proud to be doing our part to protect the planet.”
“Being awarded Green Stamp accreditation recognises our commitment to being an industry leader in all facets of our business, from improving our customer experiences to enhancing our corporate social responsibilities.”
To find out more about ACM Parts, call 1800 226 727 or visit acmparts.com.au