December 15, 2006
Automakers implement national program to collect mercury switches from end-of-life vehicles
Toronto, Ontario – Member companies of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA) will be implementing a national program for the collection of mercury-containing switches from vehicles when they reach the end of their useful life.
The switches, which were phased out as of January 2003, were used for convenience lighting and anti-lock brake applications. The national collection program is fashioned after a similar program now in operation in the U.S., involving all key parties and designed to capture the remaining switches from vehicles at the point of recycling.
To encourage proper removal and disposal, auto manufacturers have produced and made available educational materials, to be used by vehicle dismantlers and recyclers, explaining the need to remove the switches. The manufacturers also provide guidance on the proper removal of the switches, prior to recycling vehicle hulks at steel mills.
Members of CVMA include Daimler Chrysler Canada, Ford Motor Company of Canada, General Motors of Canada, and International Truck and Engine Corporation.