Ohio Recycler Cashes in on Clunkers Program

Akron’s City Scrap goes straight to dealerships.

October 22, 2009

City Scrap & Salvage Co., Akron, Ohio, is one of several auto shredder operators that have taken in a new source of feedstock prompted by the federal government’s “cash for clunkers” program.

Company co-owner Randy Katz credits the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) for reminding member companies such as City Scrap that as long as they are permitted to remove mercury switches from vehicles, then they could approach auto dealerships about taking ownership of their “clunker” trade-ins.
Katz says he approached several dealerships in and around Akron, and that several of them were receptive to working with him. The majority, he says, wanted to be reassured that City Scrap had the proper environmental stewardship practices in place and that the company would provide prompt service in removing clunkers off their lots.
The end result, says Katz, has been a stream of more than 400 end-of-life vehicles acquired as shredder feedstock inventory and a set of satisfied customers should the “clunkers” program re-appear in the future for a second round of activity.
What are the Odds?
When Recycling Today assistant editor Zack Lloyd arrived at City Scrap in Akron, Ohio, to interview company co-owner Randy Katz, he had considered the possibility that his own traded-in “clunker” could be at the company’s facility as future shredder feedstock.
During a tour of the City Scrap salvaged vehicle storage lot, the “needle in a haystack” odds were overcome, as Lloyd’s 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee was spotted in a row of traded-in vehicles destined for the City Scrap shredder.
According to Katz, the iron and steel portions of Lloyd’s former vehicle, after passing through the shredder, will likely remain in Ohio for the next portion of their journey, possibly to a Timken electric arc furnace mill in the Buckeye State.