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

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Have you registered or renewed as a waste carrier, broker or dealer? 

salvage vehicles and waste carrierTo register or renew as a waste carrier, broker or dealer in England you must do so here –


You must register if you do any of the following as part of your business or else face a fine of up to £5000.: 

  • transport waste
  • buy, sell or dispose of waste
  • arrange for someone else to buy, sell or dispose of waste

Registration is usually free if you only transport waste you produce yourself. Otherwise, registration costs £154.

Things to remember before you start

If waste is your main business, you’ll need the names and dates of birth of the organisation’s executives, owners, directors or partners including details of any environmental offences they’ve committed if applicable.

Once you’ve registered, your organisation’s details appear in the public register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers. (

When you register, you’ll be told whether your registration is ‘upper tier’ or ‘lower tier’.

If you have an upper tier registration, you must renew your registration ( every 3 years at a cost of £105. You don’t need to renew a lower tier registration.

If your details change you must update your registration within 28 days if:

  • your organisation’s contact details change
  • your organisation’s management changes
  • someone in management is convicted of an environmental offence
  • your organisation changes what it does, eg you’re registered as a waste carrier, but start acting as a waste broker as well

Update your contact or management details

If you registered from March 2015, update your contact or management details online.

If you registered before March 2015, email or write to the Environment Agency explaining what’s changed.

Update what your organisation does

Make a new registration ( if you need to upgrade a lower tier registration to an upper tier registration.


  • if you registered from March 2015, update what your organisation does online
  • if you registered before March 2015, email or write to the Environment Agency explaining what’s changed

The price of upgrading your registration is £154, or £40 to change what your organisation does.

Contact the Environment Agency at if you’re not sure what to do and quote your registration number. You’ll find it on your registration letter or email – it starts with ‘CB’. or write to Environment Agency, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield S9 4WF 

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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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