2 June 2017

Drop off your ould car ...

A free to the public 'drop-off' service for cars and vans that are ready to be scrapped has been set up by the main car distributors in Ireland, writes Brian Byrne.

ELV Environmental Services (ELVES) is a new Irish compliance scheme to improve the recycling of scrap vehicles and to help encourage compliance with the End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Regulations.

ELVES aims to generate awareness of its national network of permitted scrapyards, officially known as Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs). Similar to recycling at a bring bank or civic amenity site, ATFs will enable people to easily hand over their vehicles for recycling and recovery.

When a consumer or a garage scraps a vehicle at an ATF, they should ask for a receipt of the transaction, called a Certificate of Destruction (CoD), from that facility to show that they have handed over their vehicle to be recycled and recovered. The CoD will confirm that the vehicle has been accepted as an ELV and this then ends the final owner’s responsibility for it.

Around 90,000 vehicles are scrapped annually in Ireland.  ELVES’ aim is to improve the reuse of parts and recycling of ELVs in order to help Ireland meet national targets. In 2014, Ireland reused, recycled and recovered 91pc of its ELVs.  ELVES’ aim is to increase this rate to 95pc.  Since 2015, 95pc of the vehicle must be reused, recycled or recovered, with a minimum of 85pc from reuse (components) or recycling.

Pictured at the official launch of the scheme are (top) Minister Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Fiacra Quinn, CEO ELV Environmental Services; and Elena Wrelton, Environmental Compliance Manager, ELV Environmental Services; and (below) Colin Griffin, Fiat Group Ireland; Stephen McDonnell, Volkswagen Group Ireland; Fiacra Quinn ELVES; Noel Hughes, Subaru Ireland; and Ciaran Kinahan, Motor Distributors Ltd.

(And fear not — the lovely little old Heinkel was not turned into that crush of scrap.)