Alberta Automotive Recyclers & Dismantlers Association


  • 10 Dec 2023 6:54 AM | Anonymous

    Dear AARDA members,

    We are excited to announce the launch of our new association website, which will modernize and streamline AARDA membership. This is an important step forward for our organization. The new website includes:

    • Online member accounts and digital membership cards that provide convenient access to member benefits
    • Options for recurring annual membership dues payments
    • A member forum with a dedicated thread for Parts Requests to facilitate networking
    • A member directory with mapping to connect members across Alberta
    • And more

    New members can join, and existing members can renew their dues easily online. The automation this provides will save our organization time and money, allowing us to serve our members better.

    I would like your support during this transition by signing up for an online account when you receive your invitation, updating your profile, and taking advantage of the new website features. The more members utilize the site, the more valuable it will be for networking and collective advocacy.

    This is an exciting time for AARDA. The website launch enables us to be more efficient, collaborative and focused on supporting Alberta's auto recycling industry. I welcome your feedback on the new site and encourage you to reach out with any questions. Together, we can build on AARDA's mission of promoting professionalism and environmental responsibility.


    Office of the Executive Director, AARDA 

  • 8 Dec 2023 8:52 AM | Anonymous

    We all grew up with the 3-R’s when it comes to turning waste to resources – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Most people think of the Blue Box when they think of the 3-R’s but those programs only focus on the last R – Recycling, while important, it’s the last priority in what has become a linear way of thinking Make – Use – Dispose.

    A term like “auto recycling” actually encompasses a wide variety of activities. For Members of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) those main activities (ie, main revenue sources) are the re-use of auto parts, and the recovery of materials that have value (ie, metals) for recycling. But auto recycling actually encompasses collection and logistics to move end-of-life vehicles (ELVs); processing ELVs to manage the hazardous wastes that they hold; shredding depolluted hulks to access their metals; sorting those metals in to ferrous and non-ferrous streams; moving those metals to be re-used in the making of something new; and those manufacturers who use the recycled materials. Who is the actual auto recycler in that ecosystem? All of them to some degree. 

    Like many things in this world, the simplicity of the 3Rs is getting more complex as we learn, innovate and respond to external signals for efficiency, cost-reduction and more importantly as of late – climate change.

    Enter the Circular Economy (CE). The International Standards Organization defines CE as an economic system that uses a systemic approach to maintain a circular flow of resources by regenerating, retaining, or adding to their value, while contributing to sustainable development. Climate change and Net Zero requirements are driving a lot of activity in the CE world.

    It used to be that auto recyclers were deemed to be at the “end of life” of a vehicle. We used to call the product that we acquired to break up in to parts and materials – ELVs (and most still do). With CE invading many aspects of commerce and governance, there is no end any more – depending on your perspectives of a circle – everyone in the supply chain is at the beginning and end. This makes upstream and downstream relationships so important for CE to work.

    We witnessed that at the CARI – ARC Convention held this year in Halifax. What seems like two industries to outsiders is actually an inter-woven ecosystem that has more in common than what at one point in time may have separated them. As the CE has taught us – we all need to get along and we all need to interact.

    There are now generally agreed that there are 10Rs that have been identified that provide different approaches to make a product or system more circular.

    10R’s General CE concept Auto Recycling implications


    General CE concept

    Auto Recycling implications


    Make a product redundant by abandoning its function or by offering the same function with a radically different product

    Mass transit, cycling, walkable cities – all pointing towards less auto ownership. Not great for auto recyclers, but not all things CE are good for your sector.


    Make a product use more intensive

    Design of a product to be more circular (disassembly, long lasting).


    Increase efficiency in product manufacture or use by consuming fewer natural resources and materials

    Using recycled materials back in to new materials helps create demand for recycling.


    Reuse by another consumer of discarded product which is still in good condition and fulfill its original function

    This is the very heart of auto recycling – re-using parts back on their vehicle. Insurers, repairers, OEMs and consumers need to remove roadblocks and mis-perceptions about used.


    Repair and maintenance of defective product so it can be used with its original function

    More and more parts are having their life extended through simple maintenance – headlights, mirrors and wheels are great examples.


    Restore and old product and bring it up to date

    Improvement of the working condition, quality, or functionality of a multi-component product to improve/upgrade a product or bring it back to it’s original condition


    Use parts of discarded product in a new product with the same function

    Auto recyclers are one of the biggest suppliers of “cores” – parts that go through a disassembly process to make them useable again. Engines, transmissions – virtually any mechanical part is remmaned today.


    Use discarded product or its parts in a new product with a different function

    Electric vehicle batteries repurposed for energy storage is a great example of 2nd Life usage.


    Recovery of product materials, where the materials do not retain their original structure

    Metal recovery of all kinds has been a huge driver of the scrap car industry as they are forever recyclable and prevent the mining of new materials.


    Incineration of material with energy recovery

    Plastics from ELVs are often times seen as great candidates for energy recovery, along with shredder residue. Applying technology to a waste can squeeze the last value out of an item.

    I would like to add three more R’s, not so much actions but concepts that enhance the functionality of CE system – Reward; Respect; and Responsibility.

    Reward – there needs to be the right financial incentives available to the supply chain to make the right investments and relationships. And ideally not government or even the OEMs. Once governments get involved in establishing incentives or system design – usually efficiency (and profitability) is sacrificed. And making OEMs solely responsible for system set means they own the system. In our world, the OEMs are great at assembling vehicles, but they can’t possibly understand or work with all of the relationships in an entire supply chain.

    Respect – as with a circle, there is no start or finish, no head or tail. Each segment of the Circular Economy needs to have all of the other segments involved, consulted, understood – in the end Respected.

    Responsibility – auto dismantlers are experts in how vehicles come apart to recover their parts and materials. Shredders are experts in separating out valuable materials for recovery. Everyone in the CE ecosystem for vehicles has a role to play, and they need to own that space. I use the term “own” in a broad way – they need to be that expert and continuously improve and refine their processes to keep up with and push their suppliers and customers. 

    Auto recyclers are often times called the “original recyclers.” They were recycling before it became a consumer standard. And they figured out how to make an industry out of other people’s discards that has been profitable and remains profitable. The Circular Economy for vehicles opens up more opportunities for auto recyclers, especially as electrification begins to take hold. For the most part, auto recyclers don’t need to adapt to CE – the principles and activities have been something they have embraced for decades.

    Originally appeared in Recycling Product News October 2023

    The post Move over 3-R’s: Auto recycling and the circular economy appeared first on Automotive Recyclers of Canada.

  • 25 Jun 2023 6:15 AM | Anonymous

    AARDA is happy to announce PMR Inc.’s Platinum level sponsorship for our AGM Convention on September 15-16 2023. As a proud Canadian company centred around innovation and collective success, PMR Inc. is proud to stand by professional associations with the same mentality.

    Melissa Sullivan, Director of Supplier Services & Compliance at PMR, will be presenting on Saturday, September 16 at 10:45 a.m.

    “At PMR, we foster a culture of support, collaboration, and respect with our suppliers, and we’re motivated by their successes.” – Melissa Sullivan

    We believe that the only way forward is to pave a different path. That’s why we’re constantly researching and developing new methods and processes to provide reliable solutions for all converter recyclers.

    “We challenge our suppliers to look at their converter operations in a different light and maximize their business’s efficiencies.” – Ryan Carrafiello, Director of Corporate Accounts

    We’ve invested in innovative machinery and refining processes to establish the first turnaround rate of 10-15 days and the lowest lot requirements in the industry. We were the first to develop and launch VIN/TRIM, a pricing tool to help automotive recyclers elevate their edge at auction and stay competitive in today’s market.

    But above all, we believe that the only way forward is together, and that’s why we work arm-in-arm with our suppliers. With a dedicated HelpDesk team, recyclers can access personalized assistance that helps them identify their unique needs and choose a solution that works for them.

    “At PMR, we strive for innovation and success. These values shine in each member of our team.” – Valerie Drouin, Supplier Services Supervisor

    Canada’s reputation doesn’t fall short on PMR. We care about uplifting and empowering our partners so we can all achieve our goals. Our responsibility in preserving the global supply chain and working towards a sustainable future means we’re all working towards a collective goal. That’s why PMR is proud to sponsor a Canadian industry non-profit with the same values and forward-thinking instinct.

    “We never settle. Our comfort zone is the unknown.” – Justin Morselli, Supplier Services Specialist

    We’re passionate about what we do, and that’s why we care about empowering recyclers with knowledge, assistance, and solutions to help them unlock their potential and realize their goals. At PMR, we are converter experts who believe that true progress only happens outside the box.

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