Memorandum of Cooperation

1. This Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) is an agreement <initially> made between the following parties:

  • Auto Recyclers of Canada
  • Automotive Recyclers Association (of the United States of America)
  • Vehicle Recyclers Association (of the United Kingdom)
  • Japan Automotive Recyclers Association
  • Malaysia Used Vehicle Autoparts Traders Association
  • Auto Parts and Recyclers Association of Australia 


2.1. This Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) is an agreement between global Automotive Recycling Associations who have determined by their own consideration and endorsement through their own organisation governance requirements, to be parties to and signatories to this MoC.

2.2. The MoC has been developed in recognition of identified requirements for:

2.2.1. Increased collaboration, cooperation and communication and between signatory parties representing automotive recycling and associated businesses worldwide;

2.2.2. Ensuring the contents of the 2014 ‘Kushiro Declaration’ determined at the 8th International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling are revised and contained in this MoC under the heading of ‘Commitments’;

2.2.3. The need for a consistent global ‘voice’ for the automotive recycling industry on issues and matters where there is uniform understanding and agreement; and

2.3. This MoC is effective from 1 July 2019 and will be reviewed at each International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling held approximately each 18 months.


The following commitments have been developed by reviewing the 2014 ‘Kushiro Declaration’ determined at the 8th International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling, incorporating relevant statements from the Kushiro Declaration and findings and outcomes of the 11th International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling 2019. The Signatory Parties to this MoC commits to:

3.1. Harmonized standards and industry best practice.

3.1.1. The Signatory Parties recognise the importance of members associations sharing information, intelligence and experience regarding policies and practices that produce positive outcomes in each jurisdiction.

3.1.2. The Signatory Parties are committed to the continued development of resources and facilities that promote and encourage such information sharing, including through the development and implementation of mechanisms such as the IRT world wide web site to facilitate collaboration, cooperation and communication.

3.1.3. Where appropriate work will be progressed by signatory parties to identify opportunities to harmonise standards which may include environmental, occupational health and safety, decommissioning practice, EV and other vehicle developments etc. Where practicable and appropriate these Standards are industry driven and adopted rather than imposed by other.

3.2.1. Signatory Parties recognise the importance of creating greater awareness amongst consumers and industry partners (such as insurers, mechanical and crash repairers) of the significant environmental and economic benefits that flow from the use of quality recycled automotive parts.

3.2.2. Signatory Parties are committed to sharing resources and information of campaigns and materials that enhance public awareness of the global automotive recycling community that will advance the global spread of such programs and that will assist in evidencing the positive impact in terms of greenhouse gas reductions and other environmental benefits that flow from increased use of recycled automotive parts.

3.2.3. Signatory Parties are committed to the identification, development and implementation of opportunities for harmonised consistent communications, including media commentary, on matters impacting the global automotive recycling community.

3.2.4. Signatory Parties agree to share Communications (including but not limited to publications, campaigns, fact sheets, media releases etc.) to assist in the improvement of global public awareness of automotive recycling.

3.3.1. Signatory Parties recognise that governments globally are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of end-of-life waste products across a range of industries. As awareness is increasing of environmental risks posed by unregulated and inappropriate handling of waste materials contained in ELVs, governments across the globe are seeking measures to address these risks that are consistent with their own economic and cultural circumstances. 

3.3.2. Signatory Parties noted that a common factor in all jurisdictions where success is being achieved in the environmental management of ELVs was the commitment of governments to ensuring, whether by direct regulation or other means, that a comprehensive network of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) was in place through which the government and community could have confidence that motor vehicle waste products are being properly managed.

3.3.3. Signatory Parties are committed to providing resources, information and advice where appropriate on measures that may assist member associations in working with their respective governments in the pursuit of improved environmental outcomes for their community.

3.4.1. Signatory Parties recognise the importance of recyclers and manufacturers cooperating in the achievement of shared environmental goals and the significant role that vehicle manufacturers can play in supporting and promoting responsible environmental management of products they have manufactured at the end of their useable life. 

3.4.2. Signatory Parties also recognise that auto recyclers can and should provide advice and input to manufacturers as they strive to reach their environmental objectives and note that many major global manufacturers have positive end-of-life policies in some jurisdictions where they operate, but less positive or no polices in other jurisdictions.

3.4.3. Signatory Parties called on all vehicle manufacturers to make OEM Part Number information available to the auto recycler community in a fair reasonable and equitable manner. Whilst recognising that manufacturer policies are influenced by the regulatory environment in each country, given the global nature of vehicle manufacturing and marketing, Signatory Parties are committed to continued efforts to encourage the adoption of “best practice”, public safety and environmental policies by all manufacturers on a global basis.

3.5.1. Signatory Parties noted consumer safety, security and protection may be unnecessarily hampered by the late inclusion or consideration of automotive recycling as part of OEM (OES) recall plans / processes in jurisdictions and globally.

3.5.2. Signatory Parties are committed to fulfilling the essential role automotive recyclers make in vehicle recalls jurisdictionally and globally. Signatory Parties will increase campaigns and engagement with vehicle manufacturers and OEMs (OES) more generally to ensure auto recycling are appropriately included in recall processes and objectives through early engagement. 

3.6.1. Signatory Parties noted the significant benefits that can flow from auto recycler industry associations playing a leadership role in promoting industry stewardship. As the industry with the most robust information and experience relating to effective, safe and sustainable depollution, dismantling and recycling of all vehicles, auto recyclers have a wealth of information that governments, manufacturers and other stakeholders must utilize. 

3.6.2. Signatory Parties commit to increased collaboration, cooperation and sharing of information and resources that will assist all jurisdictions make progress in implementing appropriate industry accreditation standards such as to give governments, manufacturers and the community confidence in the professionalism of the automotive recycling industry in their country.Specific Actions arising from the 11th International Roundtable conducted in Norwich, UK and timeframe for such actions (to be reviewed at that time) are contained in Commitment 3.1.

3.7.1. Signatory Parties noted continuing significant changes occurring in the technology of vehicles being handled by auto recyclers both for the purpose of recovery of parts for re-use and for the purpose of depollution and resource recovery. 

3.7.2. Signatory Parties considered the growing importance of education and training of personnel involved in the industry, and noted continuing developments reported to the Forum in regard to agreement between Japan and China to facilitate translation of the JARA training guide into Chinese and in regard to increased interest by a number of associations in accessing the ARA University training programs. 

3.7.3. Signatory Parties commit to promoting improved education and training within the auto recycler community in each country, and to sharing such resources as are appropriate to assist members improve the skill base for their industry.
Specific Actions arising from the 11th International Roundtable conducted in Norwich, UK and timeframe for such actions (to be reviewed at that time) are contained in Commitment 3.1.

3.8.1. Signatory Parties noted significant developments occurring in Universities and Research Institutes in many parts of the world in terms of research being carried out relating to the environmental management of ELVs, the lifecycle benefits of auto parts reuse, and the recyclability of automotive shredder residue (ASR). 

3.8.2. Signatory Parties commit to working with and supporting such research establishments (including disseminating and promoting the outcomes of their research) to the greatest possible extent.

4.1. This is a Memorandum of Cooperation between like-minded automotive recycling associations.

4.2. This MoC, the Commitments contained herein including activities and actions, and their endorsement by Signatory Parties, form the broad Policy perspectives of the international automotive recycling community, represented by peak automotive recycling associations. This does not interfere, preclude, or override the individual policies, processes or governance requirements of individual Signatory Parties (associations).

4.3. The Policies or positions contained in this MoC are broad recognition of shared concerns, matters of interest, intentions to collaborate, cooperate and communicate by the Signatory Parties and should not be viewed as the policies or practices of individual associations or the legislative regulatory environments in which they operate.

4.4. Signatory Parties will bear their own costs in the development and implementation of activities and actions arising from the implementation and commitments contained in this MoC.

4.5. Signatory Parties agree to consider shared costs on specific projects, research and analysis, activities and / or actions on a matter by matter basis. To be clear this will be a consideration on a case by case basis with no ongoing financial commitment. As an example, it may be considered appropriate to share the costs associated with the development of the IRT Website functionality or to share the costs in the conduct of specific research that would benefit all Signatory Parties.

4.6. If it is determined that cost sharing is appropriate and endorsed by Signatory Parties, then such costs will be equal for all Signatory Parties.

5.1. This MoC will be reviewed at each International Roundtable as a standing item on the agenda.

5.2. Any changes required must be considered and endorsed by all Signatory Parties before being accepted and incorporated into the MoC.

5.3. In situations where there may be a requirement to change or amend the contents of this MoC in the period between International Roundtable events then such requests for change should be made in writing by the requesting Signatory Party to other signatories through their nominee. Such changes out of session must be considered and endorsed by all Signatory Parties before being accepted and incorporated into the MoC.


i. Development of IRT website functionality that provides Signatory Parties access to:

a. A dedicated, non-public application or extranet capability that allows for the posting of information, intelligence, standards, communications, and other to be determined materials.

b. Signatory parties request ARC and Mr Steve Fletcher to develop such a facility for the consideration of Signatory Parties within 8 weeks of 1 June 2019. Suggestions include a menu which may include sections such as: i. Standards (environmental, decommissioning; dismantling; Safety and Security etc.); ii. Communications (including publications, campaigns, fact sheets, media releases etc.); iii. Research (by Signatory Parties or associated organisations [with permission] iv. Statistics (global and jurisdictional)v. Others to be identified.c. Once the mechanism is developed and endorsed, signatory parties are encouraged to share and supply relevant information for uploading to the site (or links to their own repositories) within a further 8 weeks from the date of the facility going ‘live’.

ii. Signatory parties will identify opportunities for media releases and communications generally including sharing awareness campaigns. The participating members at the 11th International Roundtable identified the ARA awareness campaign that may have application in other jurisdictions and ARA committed to sharing campaign resource materials (subject to approval of the ARA Executive) for other jurisdictions to use. The time frame for this is 8 weeks from 1 June 2019.

iii. A draft global media release be prepared for the consideration of signatory parties to tackle the issue of proper engagement of global recycling industries in recalls and the need for OEMs, Government Regulators and other automotive market participants to consider auto recycling in recall campaigns whether global (such as the Takata Airbag inflator) or jurisdictional. APRAA / MTAA tasked with a timeframe of before the end of June 2019 for the draft to be distributed to signatory parties for consideration and adoption. Included will be a distribution date for uniform announcement.

iv. A further draft global media release be prepared to detail the global automotive recycling industry’s call for fair, reasonable and equitable access to OEM data and specifically parts identification to provide an automotive market-wide approach to achieving increased use of recycled parts and common environmental objectives. Task unassigned currently and requires further consideration.

v. APRAA / MTAA are seeking the Australian Government to implement a policy and regulatory framework for the decommissioning and recycling of End-Of-Life Vehicles and the establishment of Authorised Treatment Facilities and will call on the support, experience and practical knowledge of Signatory Parties to assist them in achieving this outcome through other measures described in this MoC.ii. All Signatory Parties to make government policy makers and regulators in their own jurisdictions aware of the global auto recycling community in an ongoing manner including the commitment to increased collaboration, cooperation and communication.

vi. Signatory Parties call on OEMs (OES) to harmonize and coordinate positive End-Of-Life policies for all global jurisdictions and to engage auto recycling associations in all available jurisdictions as an essential component of recalls, End-Of-Vehicle Life and effective recycling policies and procedures.

vii. The Signatory Parties agree to the development of draft correspondence to be sent to all global vehicle manufacturers and major OEM (OES) calling on the above and calling for the provision of OEM part identification to further assist to global recycling community. Task to be assigned. Projected Timeframe by August / September 2019.

viii. Signatory Parties consider jurisdictional adoption of ARA and other campaigns to consistently and constantly call for fair reasonable and equitable access to OEM part identification numbers to provide proper environmental and recycling outcomes. Task for all Signatory Parties in timeframes to be determined by each jurisdiction. Report on activities to be provided in October 2019 at ARA national convention and APRAA Conference in September 2019.

ix. Signatory Parties call on OEMs (OES) to include auto recycling early in processes for vehicle or equipment recalls and to better engage with the auto recycling associations in each jurisdiction and globally. To achieve this Signatory Parties, agree to the development of a draft media release highlighting the need for an improved engagement of auto recycling associations with vehicle and equipment recalls; and prepare correspondence (it may be the same correspondence dealing with provision of vehicle parts identification data) to OEMs calling for earlier engagement and inclusion in vehicle recalls.

October 12, 2019 – Since the initial development of the MOC, the document has been ratified and signed by following countries:

  • Canada
  • USA
  • United Kingdom
  • Malaysia
  • Australia 
  • Poland
  • Brazil

The MOC is available to any national or pan-national auto recycling association to sign.

International Roundtable on Auto Recycling