CarTakeBack celebrates 15 year anniversary

The scrap car recycling business, CarTakeBack, has celebrated its 15th anniversary.

CarTakeBack was launched in 2005 and is a car scrappage company which allows vehicle manufacturers to fulfil their responsibilities under the EU End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive.

Most scrap cars are between 10 to 16 years old and have reached a point where they are uneconomical to fix or sell on, the company said. In 2018, it reached the milestone of over five million Certificates of Destruction issued across its national network of authorised treatment facilities ( see story).

The company said it will continue to “proactively support” the safe handling and processing of ELVs and their batteries “with further training and awareness for their ATFs”.

It added that with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, new scrappage schemes and incentives to encourage people to drive less, it is “working closely” with local authorities and transport companies to improve air quality.

A montage of events since CarTakeBack was launched in 2005

After having to halt the program due to coronavirus restrictions, the company confirmed that its courses will resume when it is safe to do so.


Ken Byng, senior manager at CarTakeBack, said: “In these difficult times, I am delighted that we are at least able to celebrate some good news in reaching our latest milestone. The past 15 years have proven both exciting and eventful and I am proud that we have remained at the forefront of the many positive developments our industry has seen.”

Mr Byng added: “It is a very different world from the one we first stepped into in 2005, and we would not be where we are now without the support of our various partners, particularly our ATFs and OEMs. I’m very much looking forward to the next 15 years, where again we can see great change on the horizon – not least with the advent of volume electric vehicles soon to enter the ELV streams – and as always we are ready to lead the way with the next set of challenges we face.”


In 2003, the government ruled that scrap cars can only be disposed of at scrap car recycling centres with an authorised treatment facility licence (ATFs). The licence mandates the company to invest in the necessary equipment to depollute and recycle cars properly.

Established in 2005, CarTakeBack aimed to enable vehicle manufacturers and ATFs to comply with statutory environmental and reporting obligation, introduced as a result of ELV legislation.

Soon after its launch, the company introduced an online quotation service for ELVs so that last owners of vehicles could be connected with ATF members.

Following the introduction of the Government Scrappage scheme in 2009, CarTakeBack recycled 240,000 of the 400,000 vehicles traded in.

The company notea that in 2018, it hit a milestone of over five million Certificate of Destruction issued across its national network of authorised treatment facilities.

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