Old bangers mashed for free
New regulations introduced for recycling of end of life
London— Car manufacturers will in the future have
to take back cars from consumers and ensure that more of the waste from
scrap cars and light vans is recycled rather than landfilled, following
new Government regulations announced in February.
The End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Regulations 2005, establish
new responsibilities for vehicle manufacturers and professional importers
• By 2006, put in place collection networks to
take back their own brands of vehicles, when those vehicles reach the
end of their lives;
• From 2006, ensure that value is recovered from
85% of the weight of their ELVs (95% from 2015); and
• From 2007, provide “free take-back”
to last owners, who present their ELVs for scrapping at collection networks
The Regulations apply to passenger cars and light vans.
Energy Minister Mike O’Brien said: “About
two million cars and vans are scrapped each year in the UK. by ensuring
that more are recycled through convenient take-back facilities, these
regulations will benefit the environment and ought to be good news for
car owners.” The “own brand” system, which is strongly
supported by vehicle manufacturers, introduces the principle of “producer
responsibility”, complements existing market arrangements for
vehicle dismantling, salvage, shredding and recycling, and provides
convenience to the last owner in disposing of their vehicle.
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