Scrap car disposal has seen significant changes in its regulations in recent years. The Environmental Agency’s stated purpose is ‘to protect or enhance the environment,’ along with promoting sustainable development. One of their key areas of work relates 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 of a vehicle. Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) were the result of the Environment Agency’s continued efforts to maintain an effective means of vehicle disposal.
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 millions of End of life (ELVs) vehicles in the UK each year, of which all contain hazardous waste until they are fully treated in accordance with the regulations. The End of Life Directive requires scrap 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.
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 legislation.
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 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 uses Authorised Treatment Facilities that follow all of the above guidelines. Therefore if you donate your car to charity through us, you can rest assured that your car will not be causing any damage to the environment, which is an added bonus to giving up your car.
Our Partnered ATF’s
We are proud to work alongside these two highly reputable Authorised Treatment Facilities who abide by all the Environment Agencies stated legislation.
Our long-standing partnerships have meant trusted relationships have been built to benefit the charities and our donors. Although we outsource the collection of your car to our ATF partners, we are confident that their collection teams will carry out the collection to the standard of service we offer.
Once you submit your details to Giveacar we shall pass on the necessary details onto our partnered ATF’s in accordance with GDPR Regulations. They will call you to arrange the collection within two working days. Collection usually takes a week, however this can be shorter or longer depending on your collection location with reference to the nearest ATF collection operator.
You can request your Certificate if Destruction (CoD) from Giveacar once we receive it. Please get in touch.
How does the Giveacar scheme work?
Scrap car disposal is super easy when donating with Giveacar. Being the car donation experts, we have the experience necessary to collect your car quickly and free of charge. When you call in we’ll ask for some basic details on yourself and the vehicle. We’ll need to know its Registration Number, Millage, whether your have Keys, if you have the V5C Documents, Does the Car Run, and lastly if its MOT’d? Once we have the details we can the kick off the scrap car disposal process for you. We’ll forward your Collection address and vehicle details through to our collection agents who will then call you within Two Working Days. Collection can usually be arranged within One Week, however, this can be made shorter or longer depending on your collection address.
Once your car is collected, the Certificate of Destruction (CoD) will be produced and sent through to Giveacar. If you so wish, you can request your CoD from us as clarification of the scrap car disposal process has been completed.
From the money raised by your old car, Giveacar will take an administration fee which is only in place to keep our operation running. It’s our sole means of income, and without which we would be unable to keep going. If your car raises up to £150 we’ll take an admin fee of 25%, and anything over £150 we’ll then take an admin fee of 30%. VAT also comes to 5%, but once these are totted up the rest will go to your nominated charity.
The money raised from scrap car disposal helps Giveacar continue raising money for charity. Although we are a small operation, every £1 makes a big difference as we look to grow and compete with much larger organisations. We are a not-for-profit social enterprise, therefore any money made from the sale of your old car goes straight back into our marketing and administration costs.
Although we have over 1800 charities registered with Giveacar you can actually donate to any UK Registered Charity you so wish. At Giveacar we put charity first and therefore want to offer all our donors the opportunity to donate their unwanted car to their favourite charity. We have charities from every line of life! Whether you wish to donate to the local Scout club, church, hospice or the bigger cancer charity, we are the organisation for you. Just think, your old banged up car on the driveway might be able to help fund research into Parkinson’s, pay for the cancer treatment of an eight-year-old or go towards a day trip for a local hospice.
If you have any further questions, please call us on 0207 736 4242 and we’ll be happy to chat with you.