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Global Automotive Recycling Associations sign historic Memorandum of Cooperation

Global Automotive Recycling Associations sign historic Memorandum of Cooperation

In September the Auto Recycling Associations of Australia, United Kingdom, United States and Malaysia have signed a historic agreement to increase collaboration, cooperation and communications to provide a united global voice for the Automotive Recycling Industry.

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) and the Auto Parts and Recycling Association of Australia (APRAA) initiated the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with other organisations as an outcome of an International Roundtable held earlier this year in the United Kingdom. The Auto Recycling Associations of Canada, New Zealand, Japan and others are currently considering becoming signatories to the MoU.

Already, participating International Auto Recycling Associations have provided intelligence, statistics, and identified issues confronting automotive recycling and associated businesses in each jurisdiction as well as other information on the global automotive market impacting the industry. The associations are also sharing briefings on Electric Vehicle (EV) dismantling and associated safety issues and overall occupation health and safety requirements for automotive recycler professionals.

The signatories to the MoC have agreed to improve global collaboration, cooperation and communication on significant matters common to all jurisdictions including:

  • Increasing engagement and recognition by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) (also known as Original Equipment Suppliers in some jurisdictions), other automotive market participants and regulators to the critical importance of global auto recycling industry in vehicle recalls;
  • The need for consistent, improved and harmonised, training and education specific to auto recyclers;
  • The need for increased public, government and automotive industry awareness of auto recycling and specific initiatives such as the contribution of recycled parts usage to achieving improved environmental outcomes;
  • The global harmonisation of standards where practicable and appropriate;
  • Improved sharing of information and resources between global recycling industry associations;
  • The provision of fair, reasonable and equitable access to OEM data including parts identification;
  • A global and harmonised approach to dealing with non-licensed, non-qualified, unprofessional operators;
  • The impact of Electric Vehicles and other propulsion systems on the recycling industry and resulting need for harmonised approaches to dismantling and recycling of these products.

MTAA CEO and APRAA spokesman Richard Dudley said the signing of the MoC was the start of a new global voice for the auto recycling industry that will directly assist hundreds of auto recycling business members across Australia.

Mr Dudley said:

“We are working hard to obtain an End of Life Vehicle policy and regulations that will harmonise and improve Australia’s treatment of more than 700,000 vehicles coming off Australia’s roads each year. The MoC and improved access to intelligence and information with kindred auto recycling associations will strengthen our ability to achieve better policy and regulatory outcomes for Australian consumers and auto recycling businesses.”

MoC Signatories:

  • The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) of the United States
  • The Vehicle Recyclers Association (VRA) of the United Kingdom
  • The Malaysia Used Vehicle Autoparts Traders Association (MUVATA)
  • The Auto Parts and Recyclers Association of Australia (APRAA), and the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA)

    Currently considering the MoC
  • The Auto Recyclers of Canada (ARC)
  • The Automotive Parts Industry Association (APIA) of New Zealand
  • And others

For further information contact Richard Dudley CEO MTAA at  

Pictured above: APRAA National Chairman, Dale Imlach (centre) with Chad Counselman (Right) Vice President of the Auto Recyclers Association of the United States, and Mr Kau Peng Yap (Left), Assistant Secretary General of the Malaysian Used Vehicle Autoparts Traders Association (MUVATA) signing the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC).


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.