Vehicle recycling partnership to be featured at Detroit auto show

The Vehicle Recycling Partnership LLC (VRP), a collaborative activity of The United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), will be among the exhibitors at the 2008 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The Vehicle Recycling Partnership LLC (VRP), a collaborative activity of The United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), will be among the exhibitors at the 2008 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The VRP Automotive Recycling Exhibit, located in Michigan Hall on the lower level of Cobo Center, will showcase the collaborative efforts among Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. to reduce the environmental impact of end-of-life vehicles.

The exhibit will demonstrate the various ways the VRP has pioneered programs and technologies designed to implement sustainable vehicle recycling solutions and keep vehicle waste out of landfills.

As part of its portfolio of "green"advances, the VRP created material selection and design guidelines to optimize vehicle recyclability; partnered with the dismantling industry to improve the safety and efficiency of vehicle disassembly; and compiled industry data to create an end-of-life vehicle "Life Cycle Analysis"map that identifies each step of the vehicle recycling process.

More recent VRP collaborative research partnerships among private and public sector entities have developed more advanced processes to reclaim raw materials from recycled vehicles. These include metal, glass, plastic and foam recovery from shredded vehicle materials and the development of hybrid battery recycling processes and waste-to-oil processing – all designed to close the gap between materials that are reused or recycled, and those that are not.

Today, more than 95 percent of all vehicles in the United States go through a market-driven recycling infrastructure, and more than 84 percent, by weight, of the 12 million to 15 million vehicles dismantled each year are recycled. That makes end-of-life vehicles the most recycled product in America, both in volume and percentage.

"The purpose of the exhibit is to create public awareness about how the U.S. automakers are working collaboratively to lessen the environmental impact of end-of-life vehicles,"said Nakia Simon, Chrysler product engineer and VRP representative.

The VRP has established several Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) since its inception that include the Automotive Recyclers Association, the Aluminum Association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

Founded in 1992 and operating as a limited liability company, USCAR LLC is the umbrella organization for collaborative research among Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development.

The Vehicle Recycling Partnership LLC (VRP) is one of the activities managed through USCAR, and addresses shared technological and environmental concerns related to sustainable and environmentally friendly vehicle recycling practices.