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If you're involved in end of life vehicle depollution then this site is for you. Whether you are an ATF just involved with depollution or a vehicle dismantler who sells used parts and salvage, then our aim is to keep you up to date with changes affecting your industry.


There was a time when we simply got on with the job and the rest of the world left us alone but times have changed. Now we are an integral part of the waste industry (although it's always been hard to understand) and we have to keep abreast of all the changes affecting our businesses.

To make finding what you want easy, the most recent articles are listed in the right hand column and below you will find links to our past emails.



Editor Chris Floate
ATF Professional's editor, Chris Floate.
ATF Professional's editor, is Chris Floate. Chris has been involved with writing and editing magazines which cover our industry since the mid 1980's. Having a background prior to this in technical writing, Chris took on the editorship of Recycling World in 1987. The title was aimed at those individuals and businesses involved in recycling. At the time this was mainly scrap metal and vehicle dismantling. During his 14 years, the recycling industry developed from what was very much a financially driven market to the environmentally driven market it is today.

Recycling world was at the forefront of this fast changing and developing market, giving in depth analysis and direction to the growing need for environmental awareness. Whilst still editor of Recycling World, in 1998 Chris took on the editorship of The Landscaper, the leading magazine for the landscape trades.

Over the last 15 years, Chris has also edited the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association and as such has experienced the many changes to our industry first hand. In ATF Professional he shares that wealth of knowledge with the whole industry.


Latest stories

Upcycling ELV car seat leather
When cars reach the end of their useful lives they drop into a well-established process for disposal. Many of the cars constituent materials are recovered through this process, but other materials are “lost”. Leather seats are a prime example. This is an area you may be able to capitalise on!
UK Recyclers Road Trip - a lot of fun and loads of ideas!
30 people, two lobsters, too many cars to count, 4 recyclers, over 650 miles and 2 awards. What am I talking about? The UK Recyclers Road Trip to the Automotive Recyclers Association Annual Convention. Andy Latham reports on the trip.
Hills Recycling moves parts distribution to a new level
It’s a while since we visited Hills Salvage & Recycling Ltd in Skelmersdale, so it was good to see how their vehicle and parts processing has progressed... and it was impressive!
SEDA opens Turkish branch
It isn’t long ago that we were announcing SEDA’s new base in the UK; now they have told us about their latest base that’s opened in Turkey to cover Turkey and the Middle East.
UK Recyclers clean up at ARA Awards
We’ve had a lot of American news lately; well here’s some that’s a bit more interesting! Jason Cross of FAB Recycling and Allen Prebble of Silverlake were recipients of prestigious awards at the Automotive Recyclers Association Awards Dinner recently in Baltimore, USA.
Only YOU hold the KEY to safe working at your site
Recently we have seen two high profile prosecutions for unacceptable standards of management with regards to the interaction of people and vehicles in the workplace, it seems an ideal time to re-visit some of the unsafe working practices I witness.
You have to know what to do with the latest technology
To process hybrids and electric vehicles you need the right kit, such as this lock to prevent service plugs being accidently refitted or the insulated hook to pull someone away in the event of electrocution. And there's plenty more - RecoAuto's Andy Latham explains...
Brexit and the weak pound
With the pound taking a big hit since Brexit, we wanted to know what the impact has been for the auto recycler.