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Automotive Recyclers Association, Automotive Recyclers of Canada and United Recyclers Group merge accreditation programs to “advance excellence” worldwide.
Three leading professional automotive recycler organizations, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and United Recyclers Group (URG), will centralize their respective accreditation programs into one united accreditation and certification standard for professional automotive recyclers. Named the CAR Gold Seal Accreditation Alliance, it aims to advance excellence among automotive recyclers around the world.
“This will serve to bring increased industry unification and recognition to professional automotive recyclers who operate at the highest level of the industry,” says Michael E. Wilson, CEO of ARA. “We look to this as a preeminent accreditation program that would be a model for other international automotive recycling organizations, as well as to governments of countries across the globe.”
Joining ARA’s CAR and Gold Seal programs on the initiative are URG’s 8000 and ARC’s Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code (CAREC) programs. These programs have served to identify the top tier of certified professional automotive recyclers.
Representatives from the three organizations convened last year to form a draft of the initiative that would incorporate common standards among their programs. In addition, each program brings its own advantage to the new alliance that will "enhance the professionalism and reputation of the industry," according to ARA. The CAR and Gold Seal programs will assist with management standards, while ARC’s code will provide recyclers with information and tools to promote environmental safety. URG’s 8000 program will focus on quality, training, audits and performance.
In addition, ARA and ARC reached an agreement to jointly fund the creation of a Web-based administrative platform for the CAR Gold Seal Accreditation Alliance that will allow for enrollment and tracking of the program from the participating automotive recycling companies worldwide. The Web platform will be previewed at the Automotive Recyclers Association Annual Convention and Exposition Oct. 24-27 in Orlando, Fla.