Exclusive Breaking News – AMA Group joins Waste Motive Initiative

Within days of Plastfix launching Waste Motive, one of the industry’s most important sustainability initiatives, AMA Group issued a statement announcing that it has joined the industry-leading program as a foundation partner.

AMA Group will also secure a spot on the Waste Motive task force, joining a panel of experts from collision repair, recycling, innovation, research and government charged with executing the initiative’s objectives.

AMA Group is an ideal foundation partner due to the volume of repairs across its 180-repair facility network as the strong supply of plastic waste provides feedstock for the various trials and recycling projects the initiative demands. Here is the formal Press Release:

AMA Group joins Waste-Motive Initiative as Foundation Partner

Australia’s leading automotive collision repair company, AMA Group, has announced it has joined the Waste Motive Initiative as a foundation partner leading the way on better managing automotive plastic waste in the collision industry.

The Waste-Motive initiative will focus on bringing together like-minded companies, government and community groups who will work together in achieving the set goals by the initiative. The core objective is to better manage the industry’s automotive plastic waste, in which AMA will play a key role.

AMA’s Panel Division Chief Operating Officer, Dave Calder, said there was a great opportunity to make a sizeable reduction to the environmental impact if the industry banded together. “We have challenges disposing of plastic bars and other plastic components through an environmentally friendly supply chain that can operate at the scale we require to be an effective and consistent solution” said Calder.

“This campaign is no different than getting rid of plastic bags in supermarkets or replacing plastic straws with paper straws. Instead, in our great industry, there are more plastics going to landfill and an increasing number of plastic components in the construction of vehicles. The industry must evolve in its ability to offset this impact to the environment, and we need the supply chain to keep pace.”

Calder said the Waste-Motive initiative ensures plastics are shredded, waste is disposed of through registered specialist recyclers and we collectively achieve a significant reduction to our carbon footprint. In order to drive the initiative a task force will be created that will feature an AMA representative and include experts from within the automotive industry, recycling, research and government.

Mario Dimovski, CEO of Plastfix and Creator of the Waste-Motive Initiative, said this issue needs to be escalated based on the increasing cost of plastic waste that is pushed to collision repair centres to the detriment of our environment. “In most instances this plastic waste, consisting of bumpers and headlights ends up stock-piled in backyards, wrecking yards, stocked on farmland is buried, ultimately contaminating our planet.”

Dimovski added: “It’s a massive win for the initiative and the environment to have our industry leader, the AMA Group, become a foundation partner. We look forward to working with the AMA team as the relationship paves the way to tackle these environmental issues and working towards a cleaner industry and greener planet.”

According to Dimovski, the interest in the initiative was overwhelming, albeit not surprising, with key industry and government stakeholders such as I-CAR Australia, MTA NZ, MTA SA, MTA NT, Bridgepoint Group and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre all getting behind the initiative.

With the initiative led by our industry’s largest collision group and driven by one of our most passionate entrepreneurs, it is self-evident is that it will truly have a huge impact on changing our industry’s waste culture and creating a brighter future for our children.

The National Collision Repairer is proud to be the Media Partner to Plastfix and has secured an exclusive interview with both Mario Dimovski and Dave Calder to explore some of the vital work and exciting recycling projects the task force will undertake. Look out for this special feature in the March edition.

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To find out more about the initiative visit: www.plastfix.com/wastemotive

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