CarTakeBack.com has reached the milestone of over five million Certificates of Destruction issued across its national network of authorised treatment facilities, writes Sarah Horton.
This means that CarTakeBack has recovered 4.1 million tonnes of automotive waste since the End of Life Vehicle Regulations were introduced. The parts are then recycled, closing the loop of the circular economy, the company said.
CarTakeBack is a car scrappage company and service provider 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 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.
Despite the fact it is a criminal offence to depose of cars without an ATF licence, CarTakeBack estimates that 600,000 to 1.8 million cars are scrapped each year illegally. Consequently, these cars pose an “environmental hazard”, it said.
Unlicensed scrapyards cut costs by not making the mandatory investments in equipment to prevent pollution. According to CarTakeBack.com, the unlicensed companies are willing to pay more “which inevitably creates an uneven playing field for the ethically responsible companies, leading to more environmental issues as a result”.
“Thanks go out to our network for all of their hard work to continually achieve the recycling targets for each and every vehicle recycled. We are proud of our members for reaching this huge milestone.”Steve Norgrove
Steve Norgrove, compliance manager for CarTakeBack said: “Thanks go out to our network for all of their hard work to continually achieve the recycling targets for each and every vehicle recycled. We are proud of our members for reaching this huge milestone.”
CarTakeBack partners with a number of various vehicle manufacturers including Ford, MG, Proton, SsangYong and Renault.
Rob Cripps, the manager of homologation and environmental legislation for Groupe Renault, said: “On having heard the news of CarTakeBack being the first single service provider in the UK to issue 5 million COD’s, I firstly wanted to congratulate you on this achievement and to say that both Renault and Nissan are more than pleased to be working closely with CarTakeBack and in helping to reach such an important environmental milestone.”
The Liverpool-based company was established in 2006 by 10 shredding and recycling companies including Liverpool’s S Norton & Co and West Midland’s based Dunn Bros.
Ken Byng, senior manager at CarTakeBack.com will be discussing recycling of low emission vehicles at 13:30 on day two of the Complete Auto Recycling Show.
End of Life Vehicles and Metals Recycling – Stoneleigh 2018
The CARS and Metals Recycling Event takes place next month at Stoneleigh near Coventry with a range of seminars and exhibitors.
For more details or to register for CARS & MRE free of charge visit: www.metalsrecyclingevent.com or www.cars-expo.com. The event is organised by letsrecycle.com parent company, the Environment Media Group.