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

Adam Hewitt

Illegal dismantlers – Do your part to stop the rot!

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As well as creating awareness about the purchasing of illegal parts to the general public, we also thought we should provide all the legal operators a chance to promote themselves so that customers can buy with confidence.

With the help of the EA and eBay we have created a campaign to help you promote yourself and get the message across. We have made a downloadable fact sheet which can include your company’s name and permit number for you to send to your customers to encourage them not to buy from illegal operators.

To spread the message wider it is hoped that you will send out this document to all of your customers either through a mail shot or in paper form when sending out parts.

By encouraging the buyers of used vehicle parts to purchase from legal sellers it is hoped that this will encourage them not to use non permitted sellers and help eradicate the problem affecting vehicle dismantlers. It also lets your customers know that they can buy from you with confidence.

Malcolm Lythgo, Deputy Director Waste Regulation for the Environment Agency said, “It’s fantastic to see businesses taking steps, just like ATF Professional have done, to help protect licensed vehicle dismantlers from illegal waste operators.

“Raising public awareness of unlicensed operations plays an important role in combating this type of criminal activity.

“We all too often see the consequences of illegal operators on legitimate business, our communities and the detrimental environmental impact this has.

“The Environment Agency continues to look at new ways to disrupt and prevent illegal waste activity and waste crime, including working with trade associations, business and online market places.”

Malcolm added that if you have any concerns about suspected illegal activity then you can report it to the Environment Agency by telephone on 03708 506 506 (Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm)

0800 80 70 60 (24 hour service for Environment incidents)

Or by Email to: You can also contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website

Delphine Dauba-Pantanacce, Global Senior Legal Counsel, Head of EEC Regulatory Policy from eBay who we have worked in partnership with this incentive said, “Along with the cooperation with the Environment Agency, eBay is also supporting ATF Professional’s campaign to further increase public awareness about the regulation of used vehicle parts.

This campaign will also increase trust among the buyers community when buying used vehicle parts on eBay.”

The fact sheet file, which can be found at the bottom of this article, can easily be downloaded and your company name and EA permit number added to the document. It can then either be sent out electronically via email or printed out and then included in your documentation that is included when sending out used parts. It not only helps you to be active in the fight against illegal dismantlers and sellers of second hand vehicle parts but this, we hope, will spread awareness to a wider audience. It is also a great way of promoting your business.

How to use:

  • Just click on the link below to download the document. You may have to download Adobe Acrobat to see the file which can be downloaded here –
  • In the top left corner you will see two boxes: The upper box requires your ‘COMPANY  NAME’ and the lower box requires your ‘EA PERMIT NUMBER’. Please add your business name and EA Permit number to the appropriate boxes.
  • Once you have completed filling in your details, save the document onto your computer as a PDF.
  • Instructions as to how to place the completed PDF into an email to send to your customer base can be found here:

If you have any problems opening or sending out the PDF to your customers please call us on 01432 355099.

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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.