//


Link to atfPro

All the latest news for auto recyclers

Welcome to ATF professional - the site specifically aimed at Authorised Treatment Facilities and those involved with motor vehicle dismantling, vehicle salvage and other operations associated with motor vehicle depollution and recycling. Sign up for our, free monthly newsletter.
Visit from the Environment Agency? Need to apply for an Environmental Permit? Call Paul Downing Associates now for an informal chat - 07790 147084 or click here.

SMMT and Autogreen take on Orphan Vehicles

orphan vehicles
They were once new but now SMMT, with the help of Autogreen takes on the responsibility for the UK's orphan ELVs.
As we all aware, SMMT offers free recycling take-back service to owners of end of life ‘orphan vehicles’. Under the End of Life Vehicles Directive, when cars and vans up to 3.5 tonnes reach the end of their lives, they must be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. However, while manufacturers provide this service free of charge, some motorists can face difficulties if the brand is no longer trading and has no parent company. When this happens, the car or van becomes what is known as an ‘orphan vehicle’.


On behalf of its members, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has now taken on responsibility for these vehicles by partnering with recycling company Autogreen to ensure that all unclaimed cars and vans can be disposed of and recycled responsibly – with no cost to the consumer.

This scheme will be especially valuable to owners of orphan vehicles in remote areas of the country who can find it difficult to get to a recycling point. Autogreen has committed to collect vehicles nationally, to make sure that all vehicles can be easily disposed of in a safe, environmentally friendly way for free.

Cars are already one of the most efficiently recycled consumer products, with manufacturers now tasked with recycling and recovering at least 95% of old vehicles. The vehicle manufacturing plants themselves have also followed this trend, with less than 2% of their waste going to landfill in 2014, down from around a quarter a decade previously and representing a 90% reduction since 2000. In the same period, energy and water usage have been cut by 48.1% and 43.6% respectively, while ‘well to wheel’ CO2 emissions are down by a significant 40.2% per vehicle.

The new take-back system will help ensure that the estimated 700,000 orphan vehicles still on British roads have a route to responsible disposal.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “This new partnership is further evidence of just how seriously UK vehicle manufacturers take their environmental responsibilities. The industry has a strong record, not just on recycling, but on emissions, energy and water usage reduction as a result of huge investments into innovative technologies, production processes and facilities. Thanks to this latest initiative, every motorist in Britain can now be assured that when their vehicle reaches the end of its life it will be disposed of in a way that is not just ecologically sound, but cost-free – no matter where they live.”

We asked Graham Price of CarTakeBack, who were responsible for MG Rover’s orphan vehicles who commented, “Having handled the MG Rover orphan vehicles successfully and seamlessly for BIS and the MG Rover liquidator for 9 years now we are happy to hand over the responsibility to SMMT and their contracted party. The volumes that arose over the period that we were looking after, the vehicles varied from time to time, being sensitive to value and remoteness in terms of locality. We expect there to be a higher number of owners calling on this service under current market conditions than before. We note that the SMMT responsibility is broadened to include all orphan brands.”

If you would like further details, then visit Autogreen’s website.

March 2016

Latest stories

Who’s buying our salvage vehicles in Europe?
It seems that there are some questions surrounding the purchasing of vehicles by other European countries, in particular Cat B vehicles. One of our readers asked us the following:
Diesel and petrol car sales to be banned from 2040
In recent news and following on from France’s commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road by 2040, Britain has also followed suit by banning the sales of all new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040. The final plan is due by the end of July.
Palladium cost has increased, hitting a 16 year high
Automakers may have to decrease the use of palladium and seek an alternative due to higher prices of the metal
There is a use for rusty old cars!
This years’ Glastonbury featured ‘Cineramageddon’ – an interesting use of old vehicles.
The pressure’s on for tyres!
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) and National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) warn of rising costs on tyre recycling due to regulatory changes and market conditions, factors that will affect used tyre collectors and re-processors.
Volvo to go electric by 2019
Volvos plan is to launch five electric models between 2019 and 2012 and a number of hybrid models and they aim to sell one million electrified cars by 2025.
We’re not a scrap yard, we’re a vehicle dismantlers
Atf Pro met up with the guys at Skan 4x4 Ltd to take a look at their great setup.
Code of practice flawed, the opinion of the BVSF
One has to be concerned when the insurer’s new Code of Practice (CoP) that received its “soft launch” a week or so back isn’t supported by either the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association or the British Vehicle Salvage Federation, two of the main owners of the pre-existing code.