Ford has diverted about 140 million pounds of damaged vehicle parts from landfills across the US since launching its Dealer Core Recovery program in 2003, the company says.
The program works like this:
- Dealers pay a core charge on each new part bought from Ford to replace a damaged one, such as a cracked headlamp or crunched bumper. When the original damaged part is returned to Ford, the dealer gets the money from the core charge back.
- To collect the damaged and broken parts from dealers, Ford works with distributors strategically located around the country.
- Ford uses a proprietary system involving bar codes and scanners to keep track of every single part collected. Once collected, each part is evaluated for either recycling or remanufacturing potential.
- Parts recycled are sent to third-party processors and the raw material is resold.
- When parts are remanufactured, they are cleaned, machined and tested to meet Ford quality standards. Just like the raw materials that comes from recycling, the remanufactured parts can then be sold or used in new applications. In the rare instances when recycling or remanufacturing is not an option, Ford ensures proper disposal.
Ford says it was the first automaker to develop this type of reuse and recycling program when it launched nearly 13 years ago.
In June, Ford announced it is now landfill-free in all of its Mexico manufacturing facilities.