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Auto recyclers face Increased regulation

Date Posted: 2004-12-30

Junkyards specializing in old cars are facing new laws going into effect next week.

The recycling law starting January 1 places new restrictions on junkyard scrap dealers. Prefecture Recycling Association Chairman Kenichi Moriyama says “the heaps of cars piled on top of cars are going to disappear soon.’ Junkyard vendors must remove Freon and airbags from cars in their possession. They are supposed to be disposing of the vehicles in a timely fashion.

Currently, 107 vendors have junkyard licenses, and another 93 are currently applying for them. With these licenses, junkyard operators are supposed to turn the cars into scrap. They can also sell parts of the car.

Moriyama says costs vary from junkyard to junkyard. Removing tires, batteries and air conditioning fluids are priced differently in various places. “We don’t want to charge recycling costs to customers. We’d like to get the cars and make the money from the parts,” he says.
Some operators, though, want the restrictions lessened. They want to scrap cars without first recovering and recycling the Freon.

The new law will require junkyard operators to deal with the cars more quickly, and not allow the facilities to be storage lots for broken vehicles.

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