Saturday 17 August 2019

New end of life scheme aimed at recycling old vehicles

Elena Wrelton and Fiacra Quinn, from ELVES and Minister Denis Naughten.
Elena Wrelton and Fiacra Quinn, from ELVES and Minister Denis Naughten.

A new compliance scheme (ELVES) has been launched, including a 'drop off' service to encourage and motivate the recycling of scrap vehicles.

Around 90,000 vehicles are scrapped annually in Ireland annually and each should have a Certificate of Destruction to end an individual's responsibility for the car or van.

End of Life Vehicle Services (ELVES) aims to improve the reuse of parts and recycling of ELVs in order to help Ireland meet national targets.

ELVES aims to generate awareness of its national network of permitted scrapyards, officially known as Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs). These ATFs will provide a FREE drop off service to the public for scrap vehicles. Similar to recycling at a bring bank or civic amenity site, ATFs will enable people to easily hand over their vehicles for recycling and recovery.

The Elves Network monitor and record the reuse, recycling and recovery of ELVs.

When a consumer or a garage scraps a vehicle at an ATF, they should ask for a receipt of the transaction, called a Certificate of Destruction (CoD), from that facility to show that they have handed over their vehicle to be recycled and recovered. The CoD will confirm that the vehicle has been accepted as an ELV and this then ends the final owner's responsibility for it. The ATF will look after the requirements of the process. This will include recycling of fuel and other fluids, dismantling and reuse of component parts, and the recycling of metal and materials.

Minister Denis Naughten who was on hand to launch the ELVES scheme, said:

'Most people are conscious of their own environmental responsibilities and want to recycle and reuse as much as possible. Knowing which steps to take is key to that. The ELVES scheme will give people that information and make it much easier for them access the all-important details on how to dispose of their end of life vehicles quickly and easily. It is to be commended that the motor industry has come together with the ELVES scheme to address those issues. In County Wexford, there are three 'permitted' scrappers or ATFs - Molloy Metals, Tomgarrow, Ballycarney and Byrne Brothers Car Dismantlers, Tinnick Upper, Gorey, and Patrick Skelton, Boolynavourghran, St Mary's, Bunclody. Visit

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