Wanted A few good shredders and a sufficiently big pile of fluff

Aug 19, 2005 | 05:20 AM |

The auto industry's Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP) might soon be looking for a few good shredders to process some fluff.

Auto industry representatives, a few members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and several other organizations that are collaborators with the Detroit-based VRP met last week to discuss some potential technologies to recover materials from the shredder residue.

Claudia Duranceau, a senior research engineer at Ford Motor Co. and a VRP project manager, said that automakers are looking to scale up some of the technologies that have been developed at the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill., to see if they can be cost effective and whether there are any technical gaps in going from the lab to the real world.

The talks were part of two days of discussions in the Motor City. The first day's session dealt with brominated flame-retardants, which are added to plastics used in cars and other products. Environmental regulators in Europe and some U.S. states reportedly are considering imposing a ban on the use of some of these in automobiles next year.....

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