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Editor: John Mortimer
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
New ‘take back’ scheme to recycle UK vehicles
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)is 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.
committed to helping thousands of consumers recycle their oldvehicleswith
a free take-back service, designed to help owners whose brand may no longer
sell in the UK.
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 motoristscanface 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’.
SMMT scheme will be of value to owners of orphan vehicles inremoteareasof
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.
to the SMMT, 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.
manufacturing plants are also following this trend, with less than 2 per cent
of waste going to landfill in 2014, down from around a quarter a decade previously
and representing a 90 per cent reduction since 2000.
the same period, energy and water usage have been cut by 48.1 per cent and 43.6
per cent respectively, while ‘well-to-wheel’ CO2emissions
are down by a significant 40.2 per cent per vehicle produced.
says the new take-back system will help ensure that the estimated 700,000
orphan vehicles still on British roads have a route to responsible