The Environmental Agency stated purpose is ‘to protect or enhance the environment,’ along with promoting sustainable development. One of their key areas of work relate to pollution, with the agency having a vision of a rich, healthy and diverse environment for present and future generations. Within the car industry the Environmental Agency plays a key role in maintaining and regulating the environmental impacts of disposing a vehicle.
The key areas that the environmental agency focuses upon are the End of Life Directive, which aims to reduce the amount of waste produced from vehicles when scrapping them. There are approximate 2 million End of life (ELVs) vehicles in the UK each year, of which all contain hazardous waste, until they are fully treated in accordance to the regulations. The End of Life Directive requires treatment sites to meet stricter environmental standards. Under this directive the owner has to be issued with a certificate of destruction for the vehicle, which should be disposed of free of charge.
These ELV vehicles can only be disposed of through an Authorised Treatment Facility due to the fact that they are able to comply with the requirements of the regulations. The waste Crime Innovation Programme has been in the industry to improve support to legitimate ATF businesses. As a result straightforward guidance has been produced to help ELV ATFs comply with legislations.
The Environmental Agencies role within regulating ATFs is to ensure that all AFT sites in England and Wales comply with the current legislation. The Agency monitors the licensed sites, to ensure that are following the stated guidelines correctly. They also investigate and take action against operators of illegal sites that threaten the environment.
The regulation stated to authorise these facilities as Authorised Treatment Facilities’ are as follows:
- Impermeable surfaces are needed for appropriate areas with the provision of spillage collection facilities, decanters and cleanser-degreaser.
- Requires a management of water, meaning the equipment for the treatment of water has to comply with health and environmental regulations.
- That all End of Life Vehicles need to be securely located because they are viewed as being hazardous.
- Requires appropriate storage for oil contaminated spare parts, along with batteries, filters and condensers and ELV fluids.
Due to these regulations Giveacar only use Authorised treatment Facilities that follow all of the above guidelines. Therefore if you donate your car to charity through us, you can rest assure that your car will not be causing any damage to the environment, which is an added bonus to giving up your car.