CHICAGO - The American Plastics Council is joining forces with home appliance makers and recyclers to study material management and the recycling of major home appliances. Washington-based APC, along with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers in Chicago, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Washington and the American Iron and Steel Institute, also in Washington, have formed the Major Appliance Resource Management Alliance.
The group, to be based in Washington, will promote cooperation of organizations involved in material supply, appliance design and manufacturing, and resource management, including recycling.
``MARMA will also develop a system for members to collect and communicate information on materials management, and serve as a resource for appliance resource conservation policies, laws and regulations,'' said Tracy Haak, a spokeswoman for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.
The group's first projects will be a global literature search of existing appliance-related materials and disposal capabilities, and a venture with the Chicago-based Argonne National laboratories, and the federal Bureau of Mines to formulate research projects to support appliance recycling.
MARMA has made its top priority characterizing the material content of scrapped appliances and defining the current recycling infrastructure in a baseline study.
``We intend to take a global perspective with this effort,'' Haak said.
The organization will continue efforts to design major appliances with recycling in mind, and to find ways of recycling them most efficiently, according to Haak.