Australia’s leading automotive collision repair company, AMA Group, has announced it has joined the Waste Motive Initiative as a foundation partner leading the way on better managing automotive plastic waste in the collision industry.
The Waste-Motive initiative will focus on bringing together like-minded companies, government and community groups who will work together in achieving the set goals by the initiative. The core objective is to better manage the industry’s automotive plastic waste, in which AMA will play a key role.
AMA’s Panel Division Chief Operating Officer, Dave Calder, said there was a great opportunity to make a sizeable reduction to the environmental impact if the industry banded together.
“We have challenges disposing of plastic bars and other plastic components through an environmentally friendly supply chain that can operate at the scale we require to be an effective and consistent solution” Mr Calder said.
“This campaign is no different than getting rid of plastic bags in supermarkets or replacing plastic straws with paper straws
“Instead, in our great industry, there are more plastics going to landfill and an increasing number of plastic components in the construction of vehicles. The industry must evolve in its ability to offset this impact to the environment, and we need the supply chain to keep pace.”
Mr Calder said the Waste-Motive initiative ensures plastics are shredded, waste is disposed of through registered specialist recyclers and we collectively achieve a significant reduction to our carbon footprint.
In order to drive the initiative a task force will be created that will feature an AMA representative and include experts from within the automotive industry, recycling, research and government.
Mario Dimovski, CEO of Plastfix and creator of the Waste-Motive Initiative, said this issue needs to be escalated based on the increasing cost of plastic waste that is pushed to collision repair centres to the detriment of our environment.
“In most instances this plastic waste, consisting of bumpers and headlights ends up stock-piled in backyards, wrecking yards, stocked on farmland is buried, ultimately contaminating our planet,” said Mr Dimovski.
“It’s a massive win for the initiative and the environment to have our industry leader, the AMA Group, become a foundation partner. We look forward to working with the AMA team as the relationship paves the way to tackle these environmental issues and working towards a cleaner industry and greener planet.”
To find out more about the initiative please visit: www.plastfix.com/wastemotive