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ARA Action Continued

tions and common principles among stakeholders in the auto- motive plastics life cycle supply chain.

With approximately 12–15 million vehicles being scrapped each year in the United States, an increasing number of those vehicles are comprised of more and more plastic components and parts. Specifically, the research project is exploring the viability of and working to build a basic recovery model for whole parts before shredding, beginning with thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) and polypropylene (PP).

On July 14 project team members were on-site at Gary’s U-Pull It to determine how best to remove plastic components from end-of-life vehicles and the amount of effort required. A vari- ety of plastic components were harvested for demonstration pur- poses, including fender lines, rocker moldings, door panels, battery trays, and floor mats.

The information captured will greatly inform the process for plastics recovery at automotive recycling facilities as well as explo- ration of the potential end-market opportunities. Project team members will further discuss several aspects of the project, includ- ing quality control processes, the steps involved in processing and time commitments, and information on the resulting material.

Project team members were on-site at

Gary’s U-Pull It to determine how best to remove plastic components from end-of- life vehicles and the effort required.

The ultimate goal is to keep plastic components from going into landfills and to examine the profitability of separating plas- tics from vehicles that have reached the end of life. A white paper is expected to be published in the coming months.

ARA MEMBER BENEFIT UPDATE New Benefits with MSC Industrial Supply Co.

ith MSC Industrial Supply Co. ARA members can save big on maintenance, repair and operations supplies. This newest savings4members program replaces previous provider, Grainger. MSC understands the daily challenges businesses like yours face and will work tirelessly to help you drive costs down. MSC offers a minimum 10% discount, free ground shipping on orders of $49 or more and access to over one million products in one of the largest online catalogs.


For member savings options, call (844) 346-3746 or visit and click on MSC.

Sterling B2B Credit Card Processing

RA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Sterling Payment Technologies B2B Group to provide a robust line of payment processing solutions exclusively to ARA member businesses. “We know that credit card processing and management of accounts receivable expenses are top priorities for our member companies,” said ARA CEO, Michael E. Wilson. “Savings on pro- cessing fees has been available with Ignite through the ARA Marketplace and we are pleased to now leverage Sterling’s busi- ness-to-business (B2B) expertise and proprietary Interchange Management® technology to provide this additional option to ARA members.” ARA’s partnership with Sterling means that members will have the opportunity to save money on their web-based trans- actions, interchange fees, equipment, and more. An exclusive package of incentives and discounts has been put together for ARA members.


In addition to cost savings, Sterling will provide ARA mem- bers with educational resources and webinars on relevant pay- ment processing topics to improve process efficiencies and keep members informed of relevant industry news impacting their business.

For more information on program details for Ignite and Sterling, please contact ARA staff at (571) 208-0428 or staff@ 

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