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Scrap car recycling

CarTakeBack specialises in providing an authorised scrap car recycling service. We’re the largest scrap car recycling network in the UK!

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 (ATF) 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 Government’s scrap car recycling target of 95%.

How a car is recycled

Cars don’t just get crushed into a cube! When a car arrives at the scrap car recycling centre there’s a lot that goes into depolluting and recycling it. Fluids such as fuel, brake fluid, even windscreen wash have to be safely removed from the vehicle, ensuring that no excess chemicals leak into the environment. Airbags have to be securely detonated. Any parts that are in a good condition are salvaged for reuse, to get the maximum life out of them.

It’s now ready to be crushed, this is usually done to make vehicles easier and more efficient to transport for further recycling. The cubed or crushed vehicles are then safely transported to a shredder plant. These shredder facilities process the vehicles into smaller pieces and separate the metal, glass, plastics and fabrics, which can then be recycled for use in various ways. At this point there is just 5% of the vehicle leftover that can’t be recycled, which becomes top cover for landfill.

Recycling electric vehicles

This process is just for a regular petrol or diesel vehicle, but as you might guess, there’s even more involved in decommissioning an electric vehicle! Not only do the high voltage batteries need to be safely disconnected and removed from an electric or hybrid car, but various other high voltage systems and powerful magnets also need to be carefully made safe, before taking the rest of the car apart.

Investing in advanced recycling methods

The sophisticated post-shredder separation technologies employed by CarTakeBack’s shareholders have been successful, both in extracting value and reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfill, with greater volumes of shredder waste material heading for further processing. This is predominantly due to huge investment by CarTakeBack shareholder S. Norton & Co, in the Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP) operated by plastics specialist Axion Polymers. This large scale facility produces a high quality, recycled plastic product, for which there is sufficient demand to make the whole process economically viable.

This powerful combination enabled CarTakeBack and its car maker partners to meet the UK’s statutory 95% reuse, recycling and recovery obligation, two years ahead of it coming into force. CarTakeBack’s years of experience and ongoing investment will help to ensure that targets such as these can continue to be met. We are future-proofing our operation to make sure we can continue to offer the same high standards for recycling electric and hybrid cars and vans too.

Car shells on racking ready for the metal to be recycled

Scrap car recycling to the highest standard

Every scrap car sold with CarTakeBack, which is ready to be scrapped, is recycled to 95%. CarTakeBack has met or exceeded the Government’s car recycling target every year since it was introduced as part of the End of Life Vehicle regulations.

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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4.9/5 stars based on 792 service ratings over the past year


Excellent. Easy to book for my old car to be collected, everything was confirmed by email and the car was collected at the time we agreed. The payment was in my account the same day and paperwork was hassle free. Highly recommended.

Highly recommend, quick and simple process

Very simple and easy. They picked up my car the next working day and paid the full amount they quoted me for. Absolutely seamless and smooth process, highly recommend

Scrap my car

They gave a good price and a great service totally hassle free very professional and money paid promptly straight into my bank account they also sorted the details for DVLA I would certainly recommend them Thanks again Paul

Very impressed, good service and saved me time and money

very good service, but the online form needs tidying - had to give out my bank details 3 times when it should only need to be done once and then confirmed correct by email, which they were not. The rest of the process was totally excellent.


Picked up efficiently by a handsome long-haired older guy whose signature looked, appropriately enough, like “Gorgeous” but was more likely (Greek??) Giorgios. My filthy old Punto was completely crushed in the end. Have him back? Yeah I would.

Brilliant service!

An absolutely brilliant service! It was all done very professionally and I can thoroughly recommend it. Everything I was told was straightforward and happened exactly as expected.

Excellent service.

Excellent service, from initial phone call, confirmation of collection date and time, and collection of vehicle and bank payment. The whole process was smooth and well handled by all staff concerned. Thank you.


Very easy service to use, quick quote, no hassle to collect car form house. Arrived when they said they would. Will definitely recommend to anyone looking to scrap their cars.

Very good!

A very good service, can't really fault it in any way. A good price offered, good communication, good collection and full price paid the following day.

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