Bowen Scarff Ford participates in vehicle recovery program

Northwest residents are no strangers to conservation, and local Ford dealers take that process one step further: They also recycle damaged vehicle parts and have kept more than 2 million pounds of damaged bumpers and headlights out of local landfills.

Approximately 48 Ford dealers in Washington state, including Bowen Scarff Ford in Kent, participate in Ford's national Core Recovery Program, which recycles or remanufactures damaged vehicle parts.

The program has kept 120 million pounds of parts out of landfills since 2003. Of that amount, local dealers have contributed the following:

• Damaged bumpers – 1.2 million pounds

• Damaged headlights – 1.44 million pounds

"Ford's Core Recovery Program not only helps us conserve valuable resources, but it also keeps damaged parts from being resold in the aftermarket," said Mark Scarff of Bowen Scarff Ford. "This helps us control quality while also controlling costs."

Local dealers participate in the Core Recovery Program by sending their vehicle parts to the Kent distribution center for AER Manufacturing, one of several national distributors that work with Ford Motor Company as a collection point for the program.

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. Like the raw material that comes from recycling, the parts that are remanufactured 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.

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