Car manufacturers must mash old bangers
Scrap cars will soon have to be taken back and disposed of by their manufacturers, following changes to government regulations for end of life vehicles (ELVs).Following the DTI's announcement this week, automakers will have to take back consumers' cars and then ensure that as much waste as possible from scrap vehicles is recycled or reused rather than being sent to landfill.
The ELV Regulations 2005 establish that, in the case of passenger cars and light vans, it will be the responsibility of vehicle manufacturers and professional importers to:
Energy Minister Mike O'Brien said that the "own brand" system had received strong support from vehicle manufacturers.
"About two million cars and vans are scrapped each year in the UK," he said. "By ensuring that more are recycled through convenient take-back facilities, these regulations will benefit the environment and ought to be good news for car owners."
By Jane Kettle