An analysis of the automotive dismantling industry in British Columbia: current trends impacting the future sustainability of the industry

Since 1964, the B.C. Auto Recyclers (B-CAR) have pursued industry excellence through innovation, technology, and environmental sustainability. Members of B-CAR are passionate about their industry and actively pursue their goals through participation in local, provincial, national, and international associations and organizations. Their most recent initiative is the commission of this study, which explores the evolution of the industry, highlights its contribution and relevance to the economy and the environment, and provides a detailed description and analysis of recent industry trends.

The data demonstrates that recycled parts utilization as a percentage of total parts utilized in insurance claims have been declining in proportion to the availability and access to fair market-value salvage. These declines are directly attributable to corporate policies and lack of government supervision, enforcement, and regulation. Further declines will ultimately place the future sustainability of the automotive dismantling industry in jeopardy.

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