ZSNP to launch car recycling operation April 1

A new car recycling mill, designed to liquidate 10,000 wrecks a year, is set to start operation on April 1 at northern Slovakia's ZSNP aluminum plant. Known as ZSNP Autorecycling, the company will be led by general director Jozef Pittner. Pittner reported that contracts have already been signed to sell off steel, nonferrous metals, glass, tires and reusable spare parts, leaving just 5-10% of the original cars to be dumped.

After spending years preparing the project, ZSNP management decided to launch the car wrecker despite the fact that parliament will not get around to revising the Refuse Act until the fall. ZSNP is pushing hard to see that the law sets standards for those firms which qualify as certified wreckers, and wants all car owners to be required to present a wrecking receipt before their cars are deleted from the car register.

While ZSNP looks to keep the scrap aluminum from the wrecking process, its list of potential customers for other by-products include VSŽ Kosice and Železiarne Podbrezová for steel, Krompachy for other kinds of metal and Matador Puchov for tires.

Pittner argued that ZSNP Autorecycling should have no problem with supplies of dud cars, since around 30% of the million cars registered in Slovakia are in their teens already. If technical checks were strict, Pittner claimed, all of those cars would be yanked off the road within the next two years.

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