RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-More than one in four of the 420 million oil filters sold annually in the U.S. is now being recycled, according to a Filter Manufacturers Council study. Used oil filters were first recycled just over four years ago at a steel mill in Southern California.
The FMC predicts continued growth in filter recycling via methods such as crushing or shredding in order to be accepted by end-users such as steel mills and foundries.
The study noted that in 1994 some 56 million filters were recycled by companies surveyed; in the first half of 1995, the same firms had already processed 44 million filters.
The FMC operates a toll-free ``Used Filter Hotline'' (1-800-993-4583) for information about regulations and filter management services.
AAIW show to target auto service shops
LAS VEGAS-the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) trade shows, scheduled for Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas, will offer service/repair shop owners and technicians more than 90 educational workshops and Seminars aimed at improving operations and profitability.
Called the world's largest automotive aftermarket trade-only exhibition, the AAIW consists of two shows. The SEMA/AI show is sponsored by the Specialty Equipment Market Association and the Auto International Association. The APAA/ASIA/MEMA show's sponsors are the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association, the Automotive Service Industry Association, and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board has certified all 214 Kragen Auto Parts stores in the state as certified used oil collection centers, which will offer consumers coupons worth 32 cents for each gallon of used motor oil brought in for recycling.
The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR), said its first electronic career fair, broadcast Jan. 30 via satellite TV, drew more than 300 schools and 30,000 students nationwide.
The 90-minute program illustrated the benefits of a career in automotive service, maintenance and repair to the students, who were able to fax and phone in questions while the show was on the air.