What is an Authorised Treatment Facility?

Posted on 03 March 2021 by CarTakeBack

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ATF stands for Authorised Treatment Facility and it is a term that appears on a lot of the official information you may see relating to car recycling. Holding an 'ATF permit' means those recycling businesses have been licensed by that region's Environment Agency to depollute scrap cars to specific standards.

ATF standards

The standards for ATFs are set by DEFRA (the government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and they ensure that vehicles are treated in accordance with the End of Life Vehicle Regulations. Which, in simple terms, means they will be recycled responsibly and legally.

Photo at an Authorised Treatment Facility

Environment Agency checks

Environment Agencies check and regularly monitor ATFs in their region. Those regions are split into the Environment Agency in England & Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland.

Checks involve ensuring staff and facilities are capable of safely handling hazardous materials, that there are the correct disposal and hygiene measures in place to protect human and environmental health, and that high standards of business operation are in place. It is also expected that an ATF will report the information relating to vehicles handled to the right authorities.

ATFs issuing Certificates of Destruction

ATFs are the only organisations permitted to issue car owners with a DVLA Certificate of Destruction - an essential document to prove responsibility for the vehicle has ceased.

Despite regulations, there are still illegal scrap yards operating across the country, so it is essential to check that you are recycling your car at an ATF. All CarTakeBack recycling centres are ATFs, so wherever you live in the country you can be assured you are protecting the environment and fulfilling your legal responsibilities.

You can find out more about what responsible car recycling involves in our 'How to Recycle your Car' blog.


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