Sandy Blalock, president of the Automotive Recyclers Association will explain what happens to vehicles at the end of their life cycle April 17 meeting of IMPA.

Talk of recycling conjures up images of bundled used newspapers and trash cans full of empty soda bottles at the curb, but this is but the tip of the recycling efforts going on worldwide. What happens to all of the motor vehicles “junked” at the end of their life cycles? What about the parts which can still keep other vehicles running or be used in some other production process? What about the hazardous materials found in junk vehicles?

Answers to these questions and many more related ones will be provided by Sandy Blalock, president of the Automotive Recyclers Association Thursday, April 17 at the next luncheon meeting of the International Motor Press Association.

The program will begin with a noon reception, followed by lunch, the presentation and a question-and-answer session at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street, New York. Member tickets are $35, others $45.

Automotive Recyclers Association:
Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), an international trade association, has represented an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of automotive parts, and the safe disposal of inoperable motor vehicles.

ARA services approximately 1,000 member companies through direct membership and over 2,000 other companies through its affiliated chapters. Suppliers of equipment and services to this industry complete ARA’s membership. ARA is the only trade association serving the automotive recycling industry in 12 countries internationally.

ARA aims to further the automotive recycling industry through various services and programs to increase public awareness of the industry’s role in conserving the future through automotive recycling and to foster awareness of the industry’s value as a high quality, low cost alternative for the automotive consumer. ARA encourages aggressive environmental management programs to assist member facilities in maintaining proper management techniques for fluid and solid waste materials generated from the disposal of motor vehicles.

Sandy Blalock’s bio:
Sandy Blalock began her automotive recycling career in 1993 after spending 22 years in the prosthetic and orthotic field. Sandy is president of Capos Truck and Auto Parts in Albuquerque, a family owned late-model-automotive-recycling facility. She served as the New Mexico Automotive Recycling Association president for four years and continues to serve on the Board of Directors working primarily on government affairs.

Sandy has been active in ARA for 15 years where she has served on the government affairs committee, New Mexico state chair and regional director. She is also active with the ARA Educational Foundation where she served as secretary for many years. For the last four years she has served on the ARA executive committee and is currently president of ARA.