When it comes to buying and selling cars, there is plenty of advice to be found that helps people choose a reputable dealer. But when it comes to selling a car for scrap, most people don't realise that it is a criminal offence for someone to recycle a scrap car without an Authorised Treatment Facility licence.
Unfortunately, despite the Government's best efforts to prosecute, there are still unlicensed operators throughout the UK, who will readily accept scrap cars.
Gone are the days when you had to pay for companies to come and take your car away - now you can get a good price for your scrap vehicle, and be content in the knowledge that it is being recycled properly.
CarTakeBack recycling centres carefully remove all hazardous materials, such as the oils, batteries and tyres, in line with Government regulations. The metal is then separated from the other materials at sophisticated metal recycling plants.
In the past, only the metal was recovered due to its value. Today, in order to meet the higher recycling rates set by the regulations, CarTakeBack separates the glass and plastic material for recycling, instead of it going to landfill.
The average car weighs approximately one tonne. The government recycling targets are 85% by weight. CarTakeBack meets these targets and recycle 850kg per car on average; 75% of which is the metal. The remaining 10% is made up of plastic, glass & rubber.
The Authorised Treatment Facility licence requires compliant businesses to invest substantially in buildings and equipment, concrete surfaces and sealed drainage systems. This is needed to stop toxic chemicals leaking into the ground where they could end up in the water supply.
All CarTakeBack recycling centres have licences issued by the Government. It is the responsibility of the Environment Agencies to carry out regular visits to ensure compliance with the regulations.
But having a license doesn't ensure compliance. Some operators don't bother to achieve the recycling targets and many face prosecution. Next year, recycling targets are going to get even tougher, but CarTakeBack's further investment in recycling ensures that it's recycling centres are already ahead of the game.
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