ISRI urges restraint on auto salvage regulations

ISRI urges restraint on auto salvage regulations

Association cites fear that dismantlers and shredder operators will face burdensome reporting requirements.

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September 22, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
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The Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has adopted what it calls a new position on vehicle seller licensing and a new policy position on the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP).

The ISRI board of directors has ratified a new policy on the “appropriate regulation, registration, permitting or licensing of sellers of vehicles for scrap or parts only.”

According to ISRI, while scrap metal processors often purchase vehicles in a mechanically crushed or flattened condition, many also are purchased in whole form. Whole vehicle sellers who are in the business of removing parts or scrap metal from these cars for re-selling the parts are typically already regulated as dismantlers or scrap metal processors.

ISRI’s new policy states it “supports [the] reporting of whole vehicles sold for scrap or for parts in accordance with state and federal laws, and opposes overreaching or duplicative regulations, registrations, permitting or licensing requirements placed on the sellers of whole vehicles that are sold only for scrap or for parts, if the vehicles are sold to properly licensed, registered or permitted (as regulated or required by state law) scrap metal processors or automotive dismantlers.”

Regarding mercury switches, NVMSRP was created by a 2006 memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will expire at the end of 2017. The MOU currently provides that auto manufacturers fund the End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation (ELVS), which supplies recyclers with buckets to collect mercury switches and covers the cost of shipping the buckets and recycling the mercury, as well as providing indemnification for participants once the switches are packaged and shipped.

ISRI’s newly adopted position states it “supports a continuation of NVMSRP through the end of 2021, conditioned upon the following sections of the 2006 MOU remaining essentially unchanged:

  • the transportation, acceptance, recycling and liability language regarding the End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation (ELVS) under Section V.1.C, subsections 3 through 6; and
  • language regarding the responsibilities of ISRI and participating vehicle crushers, scrap processing facilities, brokers and vehicle dismantlers, as well as their interactions with other parties.”