Kentucky Agency Recognizes Pull-A-Part

Auto recycler is one of six recipients of the state’s Environmental Excellence award for 2013.

September 26, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
The auto recycling company Pull-A-Part, based in Atlanta, has announced that its Louisville, Ky., operations has received an Environmental Excellence Award from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP). 
Pictured from left to right: Aaron Keatley, Deputy Commissioner, Department for Environmental Protection, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Steve Levetan, senior VP, Pull-A-Part; Len Peters, cabinet secretary, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky
The Kentucky DEP awarded the Pull-A-Part operation with its Small Business Environmental Pacesetter Award, which recognizes the efforts and activities of individuals, businesses or organizations that are committed to protecting and improving the state’s environment.

In announcing the winners, the Kentucky DEP notes that Pull-A-Part has made exceptional commitments to resource conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention, working to set the standard of excellence in handling and recycling of end-of-life vehicles. 

Pull-a-Part points out that it has developed a depollution process that removes potentially hazardous materials before any car is placed on its display lots. The company also established a new process to recover and recycle copper wiring harnesses before sending vehicles to the automobile shredder. The result is that Pull-A-Part vehicles produce 21 percent less automobile shredder residue sent to a landfill when compared to typical vehicles delivered to a shredder.

“Because Pull-A-Part has had four generations involved in the family auto recycling business, we understand the long-term ramifications of shipping the cleanest vehicles possible for recycling,” says Ross Kogon, president and CEO of Pull-A-Part. “Capturing all of the recyclable and reclaimable materials from each vehicle is not just a sound business practice, but also a responsibility and a civic duty that our company owners take very seriously.”