Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling


Huge milestone reached by CarTakeBack

cartakebackFigures came in June that CarTakeBack’s national network of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) has issued over 5 million certificates of Destruction!

Since the End of Life Vehicle Regulations were introduced, there have been 13.2 million Certificates of Destruction issued for scrap vehicles by ATFs throughout the UK. CarTakeBack’s network has therefore processed 38% of these vehicles – meaning the network has successfully recovered over 4.1 million tonnes of automotive waste!

Steve Norgrove, Compliance Manager for CarTakeBack said: “Thanks go out to our network for all of their hard work to continually achieve the recycling targets for each and every vehicle recycled; we are proud of our members for reaching this huge milestone.”

The CarTakeBack member to issue the 5 millionth Certificate of Destruction was London based ATF Redcorn Ltd. “We’re thrilled with the news that we issued the 5 millionth Certificate of Destruction! We’re proud to be part of CarTakeBack and to contribute to this success story. It’s important to use a reputable company to dispose of your vehicle responsibly and avoid illegal operators.”

CarTakeBack works closely with its official partnered vehicle manufacturers in helping them fulfil their ELV obligations, and also supporting activities such as scrappage schemes and vehicle recalls, and these relationships have grown over the years. 

Rob Cripps, Manager, Homologation & Environmental Legislation for Groupe Renault said: “On having heard the news of CarTakeBack being the first single service provider in the UK to issue 5 million CODs, I firstly wanted to congratulate you on this achievement and to say that both Renault and Nissan are more than pleased to be working closely with CarTakeBack and in helping to reach such an important environmental milestone, well done to you and all the team!!”

Since its inception, CarTakeBack has been at the forefront of not only service delivery, but also industry innovation, and was the first service provider in the UK to achieve the 95% recycling targets. Never a company to stand still, CarTakeBack continues to proactively develop solutions to the challenges that the car recycling industry faces, both current and future. With routes already established for recycling and repurposing waste electric vehicle batteries, for example, CarTakeBack can provide its members with the latest industry support and advice around Electric/Hybrid Vehicle recycling, and is able to offer eligible members a free two-day vehicle manufacturer sponsored EV and HEV training course.

Further collaborative projects are underway with industry partners, designers and prestigious universities – pioneers in various aspects of the manufacturing and recycling industries – in exploring not only how the ‘lightweighting’ trend in vehicle materials affects our industry, but how vehicles can be designed and manufactured to make dismantling, reuse of parts and recycling both economically viable and efficient at their end of life, closing the loop of the circular economy.

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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