ELV Directive

What is it?

The ELV Directive seeks to prevent or limit waste and improve the re-use, re-cycling and recovery of ELVs and their components. In its broadest interpretation the Directive aims to ensure that vehicles that have reached the end of their useful life can be disposed of with the minimum environmental impact.

The ELV Directive has now been transposed into UK law and requires all manufacturers and importers to:

  • Take back qualifying vehicles they have put on the market at the end of their useful life ensuring that they are disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Ban the use of hazardous materials (for new cars from 3rd November 2003 excluding some parts where it is essential for use) such as Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Hexavalent Chromium.
  • To meet the re-cycling and recovery targets of 85 percent by weight in 2006 (including a maximum of 5% energy recovery) and from 2015 a re-cycling and recovery target of 95% (including a maximum of 10% energy) recovery is proposed.
  • To facilitate disposal in an environmentally friendly manner and to meet the re-cycling and recovery targets Isuzu (UK) Limited has signed a comprehensive agreement with Autogreen Limited.

Autogreen in its role as the service provider for Isuzu end-of-life vehicles will provide a contracted network of “take back” and “Authorised Treatment Facilities” (ATFs) throughout the United Kingdom ensuring that the minimum mandated re-use, recovery and re-cycling targets are met.

The contracted ATF will take back free of charge any qualifying ELVs that are presented by the last owner or keeper (presenting evidence of ownership). Until 1 January 2007 free take back was only applicable to vehicles registered on or after 1 July 2002. The legislation defines a qualifying vehicle as follows:

  • The vehicle must be delivered to a manufacturer/importer appointed free take back facility
  • The vehicle must be complete, containing the essential components of the vehicle including the engine, transmission, coachwork, wheels and catalyst (where originally fitted)
  • The vehicle must be free of additional waste (such examples include garden /household waste, additional tyres etc)

All of the Autogreen contracted ATF partner sites are fully compliant with DEFRA standards and have been approved/licensed by the Environmental Agency. In addition all contracted sites operate state of the art re-cycling equipment. Through their computerised links to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) they will be able to de-register cars so that the last owner's responsibility for the vehicle ends with a unique Certificate of Destruction (COD) being subsequently issued.