On May 31st NBF hosted the EGARA 2013 Spring Meeting. The morning was reserved for the conference, the afternoon for the closed EGARA meeting. We had the honour of being welcomed bij Mrs. Tora Aasland, the County Governor of Rogaland and former Minister of Research.

First speaker was Pål Spillum of KLIF, the Climate and pollution agency. Pål is Head Section Waste Recovery and Hazardous Waste. He explained Norway follows the ELV Directive as Norway is (however not EU member,) part of the EEA (European Economic Area). The implementation of the Directive led to considerable environmental improvement. Norway used to have a deposit based collection system since 1978. Today this has changed to a producers responsibility system. Some 2012 numbers: 130.000 ELV’s, 98% collection rate, 93,8% recycling rate. KLIF now focuses on Flame retarders (according to EGARA a phasing out problem as bromides are no longer used since years and also not in all cars), phthaletes of unknown origin, lead, EV’s, plastics content and whether or not to use PST or manual dismantling for achieving higher rates.

Second speaker was Erik Andresen, Director of Autoretur and BIL, the importers association. Autoretur is 100% owned by BIL. BIL was founded in 2002 and operative since 2007 to take care of the producers responsibility. The above mentioned deposit system was left. The BIL system is based on the zero cost scenario. Since the drop in scrap prices BIL, shredders and NBF negociated a solution when costs are higer than zero. The transport to the (nearest) shredder is covered (all shredders are in the south)and depending on scrapprices, a minimum is always guaranteed:

  • –  Between 900 and 1,400 NOK, all is for the dismantler.
  • –  Under a scrapprice of 900 NOK, BIL adds what’s necessary to reach 900 NOK,
  • –  Between 1,400 and 2,200 Bil and the dismantler share 50/50,
  • –  Everything over 2.200 NOK is for BIL.This system means zero cost is guaranteed when circumstances are normal and the collection and processing also continues when circumstances are not so good for dismantlers. In the system are 12 shredders (divided over 2 groups) and 115 ATF’s. Reporting is done via a digital system (Autostat) and recently a tender is going for new contracts for 2015-2020 (95% target).

    The audience had some questions to both speakers:
    Given the good contacts between Autoretur and NBF, do the producers/importers provide parts data and cross over info to ATF’s to help them reach the highest possible reuse percentage? Erik answers that in IDIS the info is given and more info needs to be paid for. Erik is explained that IDIS only contains material info and that dismantlers need real parts info to have a necessary advantage over illegal players.
    Pål is asked what politically is done to realize more sales of spare parts. He answers that it’s in the Directive, so it is possible for all parts to be sold.
    PST is also discussed as a mean to take out hazardous substances. The audience states that PST doesn’t take them out or rare earth metals either. If we as dismantlers would only know what parts contain them, we could save them for recovery. This would also add value to our industry.

    In the afternoon at the closed meeting, apart from normal issues as annual report and discharge, spare parts info and deregistration/illegal players were the main items. All members need to send their complaints to the EC because this will be the (only) opportunity to make the EC focus on our problems. This will help us in October, when the fitness check of the Directive is held. Starting to point out 6 million ELV’s are lost every year at the IARC some years ago seems to pay off. Next meeting will be in Holland November the 15th.

    Next day all participants were taken to Knoks Bildeler in Stavanger. This is a dismantlers company of the 3rd generation. Owner Siri Sveinsvoll is member of EGARA’s executive committee. Knoks

processes about 6,000 ELV’s a year, both old ELV’s as well as younger insurance accident cars. Because of the Norwegian car tax system, they have a rush in March (1,500-2,000 ELV’s in this month alone!!) which means a lot of labour and a completely filled up site. As Knoks has her site on rather expensive ground in Stavanger and to have some flexibility, the storage is done in 2 big tents that can easily be moved when convenient. These tents are isolated and can be closed completely, so they are about as good as a building. This is a very inventive solution.

EGARA thanks NBF for setting up a great programme and taking such good care of the participants. We had a fruitfull meeting and got some good ideas.