Scout Environmental honours Golden Switch Award recipients

The team at LKQ Lecavalier in Ste-Sophie, Quebec with their Golden Switch Award. The award celebrates five consecutive years of active participation in the Switch Out program.

By Alan Sovran

Toronto, Ontario — June 1, 2016 — Switch Out, Canada’s national automotive mercury switch recovery program, would like to take the opportunity to recognize the outstanding and continued efforts of the automotive recyclers that participate in the program.

Over 950 businesses from across Canada have recovered mercury switches from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) since the start of the program. What’s equally incredible is that 136 of these participants have sent switches through Switch Out every year since the start of the national program in 2008. All of those 136 are Golden Switch Award recipients. The Golden Switch Award celebrates five years of consecutive participation in the program.

The continued efforts of these automotive recyclers demonstrates the commitment of the automotive recycling industry to operating in an environmentally responsible manner. The impact of this work has been insignificant. Over 700,000 switches and 600 kg of mercury have been recovered because of the work of automotive recyclers in Canada. As Andrew MacDonald from Maritime Auto Parts describes, “Switch Out is an essential part of our CAREC program, without which we wouldn’t have been able to develop the strong relationships we have with OEMs or government regulators. We’re also really proud of the impact that Maritime Auto Parts, and the auto recycling industry in general has made by participating in Switch Out.”

Please accept our thanks, and keep checking ELVs for mercury switches. And remember: Every switch counts!

For more information on the Switch Out program, please visit

Alan Sovran is the Switch Out Program Manager for Scout Environmental. He can be reached at


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