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India to tackle end of life vehicle issues

Indian Recycling Demonstration Unit
India has set up a Recycling Demonstration Unit at GARC Chennai to develop systems and techniques to achieve environmentally sound disposal of a fast growing ELV market.
Those who attended last month’s CARS show may not have been aware of one of the presentations at the IRT conference, Recycling ELVs – India Status Report, which demonstrated that India is taking environmental issues associated with end of life vehicles very seriously.

The presentation by Captain N S Mohan Ram, Chairman, Recycling Sub-Group Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) subdivided the presentation down to three areas, the automotive industry, the disorganised dismantling sector and the problems and challenges faced.

The Indian automotive sector is dominated by 2 wheelers but growth in all sectors has been impressive with production increasing ten fold and population five fold over twenty years. This now makes India the world No. 2 in two wheelers and 6th in car production. The impressive growth of the sector was driven by de-licensing of the industry in 1991.

The small numbers of vehicles made prior to this growth meant that the disorganised dismantling sector could cope but with an anticipated 10-11% per annum surge in the number of vehicles for scrapping, capacity and capability must be increased to prevent major problems caused by the disposal.

Currently those involved with the dismantling sector are small, employ poor unhygienic processes and often indulge in what Captain Mohan Ram described as questionable practices. This gives rise to the air being contaminated, ground water polluted and labour working under unhealthy conditions.

There are many positives to the development of an efficient dismantling structure in India. There is greater awareness of the importance and potential of automotive recycling, the industry is proactive through SIAM who have set up a group to deal with recycling issues. Government agencies are also becoming sensitive to the issues and ELV recycling has been identified as a step in their ‘Prime Minister’s Action Plan on Global Warming’.

A Recycling Demonstration Unit has been set up at GARC Chennai, by the Ministry of Heavy Industry with help from the automobile Industry through SIAM. This has been operating since August 2011. The aim of the unit is to develop environmentally friendly systems and processes for Indian conditions, maximising manual labour, develop systems for two wheelers and to then allow for the upgrading of the existing dismantling sector.

There are major hurdles to cross. Currently there are no systems for collection, dismantling or shredding of vehicles. The small volumes currently handled by ill equipped, ad-hoc units will not cope up with anticipated surge in ELVs. There is no administrative framework or rules for dealing with end of life vehicles and all of the time, the car industry is growing exponentially. The installed capacity of the car industry exceeds 3 million units annually and is anticipated to reach 4.75 million units in the near future.

The dismantling industry in India will benefit from the lessons learnt from countries that already have systems in place but the market is very different. For example, where we want to minimise labour, the Indians want to make use of labour as it is a resource they have an ample supply of. Also, the Indian market is primarily two and three wheelers - 75% by number and 30% by weight and no country has existing regulations to cover this.

At atfPro we plan to regularly cover the dismantling industry around the world as it gives us a broader picture of the industry and it there are always lessons to be learnt that can benefit us.

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