Over the last 30 years the collision repair industry, vehicles, repair processes, machinery and technology have evolved with todays connected, tech driven fast paced world. Although the management of automotive plastic waste has not changed much during this period, we still ﬁnd ourselves working in an industry with very little regulation or action being taken on how automotive plastic waste is managed, where it ends up and how it is processed by companies or individuals who pick it up. In most instances this plastic waste including bumpers and headlights ends up stock-piled in backyards, wrecking yards, stocked on farmland or most frequently it is sent straight into general waste and landﬁll.
One of the biggest winners of the Plastfix solution is the natural environment. Currently there are thousands of tonnes of bumper bars, headlights, and other automotive plastic waste being dumped illegally, stored on farmland, or put into landfill.
Adopting the Plastfix solution has proven to reduce automotive plastic waste by 70%. As a flow-on effect, your general waste will also reduce due to the reduction of packaging for new parts.
Plastfix is partnering with leading professionals in carbon emissions management and sustainability to offer our customers a CO2 reduction reading with every plastic component we repair. This estimate is calculated using a matrix of energy saving mathematical equations. The calculation covers the whole repair process, stretching back to the material of the new part, logistics, packaging and delivery methods. It also factors-in the preparation process of particular components, for example parts of a bumper bar that may have required painting.
For components that have no recycling value and head straight to landfill (eg: headlights), the benefit of replacing or repairing the component is also taken into account. Having this information can help businesses make smarter decisions about component parts and help divert unnecessary waste ending up in landfill.
Our CO2 saving estimate serves as a reminder to the industry and raises awareness that repairing parts rather than replacing them is a win for everyone: The customer, the environment and the economy.