Responsible car recycling

There are laws in place to reduce the impact that scrap cars can have on the environment.

  • To start with, any business handling scrap cars should have an Authorised Treatment Facility permit.  All CarTakeBack recycling centres hold one of these Government licenses. 
  • Every scrap car must undergo a depollution process to remove all of the toxic materials. 
  • Then, as much of the car as possible needs to be recycled in order to hit the recycling target. 

The recycling target was initially set by the EU back in 2005 at 85% -  a significant 10% increase on what was being recycled at that time. This was later boosted to 95% for cars recycled during 2015. Not only has CarTakeBack met the target in each and every year since it was introduced, but we also achieved the 95% target 2 years early! 

DEFRA, the Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is responsible for regulating parts of our industry. They make sure that car manufacturers provide a convenient free take back service for end of life vehicles (ELVs), and that the demanding recycling and recovery targets are met. CarTakeBack are long-standing members of the Government's Consultation Group for ELVs.

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