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New Study of Massachusetts Recyclers Cites Dramatic Carbon Footprint Reduction

A new study by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) quantifies the Massachusetts’s reduction in its carbon footprint as a result of professional automotive recyclers activities in that state.  The study, entitled “Assessing the Environmental Impact of Automotive Recyclers of Massachusetts” , concludes that at least 2.2 million tons of carbon dioxide on an annual basis is reduced by the state’s automotive recyclers’  handling of an estimated 165,000 vehicles.

The research performed at the Metal Processing Institute at WPI calculated energy saved by recycling metals – reducing the need to mine and refine ores and new metals – and by reutilizing engines, transmissions and other parts.  The Director of this program, Professor Brajendra Mishra, PhD.,  discusses the importance of the circular economy and states:  “We make a car. We use a car, and we completely recycle the car so the materials stay in the system, in a circle, and we want to do that for as long as we can”

ARA applauds the work done by the WPI and Automotive Recyclers of Massachusetts leadership for this ground breaking study.  Click here to read the Executive Summary and here to read the Full Study.