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If you haven't submitted your recovery targets then they could be coming after you!
Government legislation has led many of us to react quickly to new rules and by doing so we have usually paid a heavy price for early compliance.
The 2006 85% recycling targets are another area where the industry was warned that failure to achieve the target would result in prosecution. And now, after 5 years of delay, we are finally starting to see this happen. In the last month or so nine businesses have been taken to court & successfully prosecuted by BIS (the Government Department with responsibility for enforcing the target requirements). And there are already more prosecutions scheduled for early 2012. All those taken to court have been found guilty with fines ranging up to £4,000.
Duncan Wemyss, the Secretary of MVDA explained, “Although it has taken time for this to happen at least those who are doing the right thing aren’t getting penalised now”. He went on, “We should see these prosecutions as a warning shot across the bows. These targets apply to us all and it’s only fair that we all comply. Let’s face it, those doing the job as required by the law are being put at a financial disadvantage to those who choose to ignore the 85% (and soon to be 95%) recovery target”. The initial 20 or so prosecutions may be regarded as ‘test cases’ for BIS enforcement, so it remains to be seen whether the level of fine in future will more closely reflect the costs that an illegal operator avoids.
The prosecutions so far have only been against companies that have failed to report their targets at all, and not those who have reported but failed to meet the 85% target. No doubt that will come once the more serious problem of failure to report has been sorted. Meeting the 85% is a tough job. Some specialist dismantlers have reached this figure on their own; by the nature of their business model they can sell more of a vehicle than a general dismantler. But the vast majority of ATFs have relied on the additional inputs supplied by the shredder operators from their post shredder technologies.
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Maximise your space
If you want to make more profit then you need more vehicles, and that means you need to expand. Not necessarily. It’s the start of a brand new year and it’s a great time to look at how to improve your business.
Scrap prices higher - are you getting the benefit?
Metals prices hopefully have further to go but they are now well off the lows of last year, and after parts sales, are the most promising area for a vehicle dismantler to capitalise on.
Missing ELVs Workshop - what was said
The MVDA ran an article recently supplied by the European body, EGARA (represents European trade associations in the EU) about a workshop discussing ‘Missing ELV’s’ that took place late November, 2016.
Handling long-term absence
In this first part of a two part article, Amanda Jefferies explains how handling long-term absence in the workplace is a delicate matter.
Removing dirty fines from scrap improves returns
Enablelink Ltd, a well-known metal merchants formed in 2007 by Roy Millard, has just taken delivery of the UK’s first SPALECK Screen Deck designed specifically to extract dirty fines from scrap metal, leaving a clean final material.
17th IARC takes place in March
Fancy a trip to Berlin and take in the 17th International Automobile Recycling Conference at the same time? They have an early bird booking until January 31st so you’ll have to get your skates on!
Bridge Van Ltd Northern Ireland keep moving forward
Keeping up with the times and developing your business to meet specific needs is essential if you wish to grow and prosper. It was good to hear from Northern Ireland based. Bridge Van Ltd who have spent the last 25 years doing just that.
Vortex gets a new home
The Vortex range of depollution and ancillary equipment in the UK has moved home to Derbyshire, and now all manufacturing, sales and service are handled by Chesterfield Recycling Systems Ltd.
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