Environmental Issues

An Environmental Management Plan – Is it as hard as it sounds?

With all the “management plans” being required these days, it can seem impossible that an environmental one should have to exist. After all, how many plans can there possibly be?

But there are some good reasons to have an Environmental Management Plan on hand, and it doesn’t need to take up too much time to implement one. Click Here to find out more on how we can help!


Green Stamp Automotive Environmental Accreditation

Green Stamp is an Environmental Accreditation for the Australian Automotive Industry, with specific criteria in place catering for the unique requirements of Automotive recycling businesses.

Initially funded by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Green Stamp Plus is a nationwide program. Green Stamp is an accreditation program run by the individual Australian States and Territories.

Accreditation is rewarded to automotive businesses that are not only compliant with the law, but have gone above and beyond compliance to work in a way that is environmentally friendly. Green Stamp Plus Accredited businesses throughout Australia are operating in a way that has the least possible effect on the environment!

To find out more or to become Green Stamp/Green Stamp Plus Accredited, contact your State or Territory Association or visit the Green Stamp Plus Website.


End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs)

ELVs are a growing concern for the world, the Australian community, the automotive industry and of course for auto parts recyclers.

More than 500,000 vehicles are retired from Australian roads each year. Recent reports by both the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council and the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage found that there are significant levels of pollution and criminal activity resulting from non-existent or inadequate controls on the illegitimate operators in the industry.

Overseas research has shown End-of-Life-Vehicle (ELV) contaminants that enter the environment include fluids such as oil, petrol, brake fluids, coolant etc as well as toxic heavy metals such as lead, hexavalent chromium, mercury, along with PCBs. While the metal fraction of ELVs is generally recovered by metal recyclers, at least 100,000 tonnes of waste from ELVs is generated annually, representing a substantial resource loss.

Click here to find out more about the recent
NATIONAL FORUM ON THE MANAGEMENT OF ELVs

For a report on what is occurring in the korean market, Click Here

 For more information on ELVs and overseas legislation (Europe & Japan), please contact the APRAA National Office.