ISRI has joined with other stakeholders in signing an extension to the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP) that will keep the voluntary collection program operating through December 31, 2021.
The NVMSRP provides for the transportation and recycling of mercury convenience switches from end-of-life vehicles in order to reduce mercury releases to the environment; participation by dismantlers and recyclers is voluntary and absolves them of liability once the switches are collected.
The program was set to expire at the end of 2017 since it was predicted that vehicles with mercury switches would largely be out of the recycling stream, but events since then suggest that a significant number of mercury switches have yet to be captured. ISRI members approved the continuation of the NVMSRP as long as the End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation (ELVS) maintained transportation, acceptance, recycling, and liability responsibilities, and the responsibilities of ISRI and participating dismantlers and recyclers remained essentially unchanged. The extension fulfills both these requirements.
For more information contact Mark Reiter; a final version of the extension will be posted to ISRI's White Papers, Reports, and Analysis webpage.