Autogreen came into being "specifically to manage the entire legislation as required by the End-of-Life Vehicle Directive. This includes the issue of Certificates of Destruction (COD's), vehicle pre-treatment and depollution, maximizing the financial return on reusable parts and non-metallic waste, and the ultimate disposal of scrap metals through our national network of dedicated authorised treatment facilities (ATF's)."
The EU-wide ELV legislation requires re-use and recovery of at least 85 percent by average weight per end-of-life vehicle." In addition, according to the UK's Environment Agency:
- producers limit the use of certain hazardous substances in the manufacture of new vehicles and automotive components and promote the recyclability of their vehicles
- ELVs are subject to de-pollution prior to dismantling, recycling or disposal
- treatment facilities operate to higher environmental standards and have permits if they want to deal with undepolluted ELVs
- certain recovery and recycling targets are met by 1 January 2006 and 1 January 2015
- producers pay 'all or a significant part' of the costs of treating negative or nil value ELVs at treatment facilities by 2007
[Source: Kia, Autogreen, Environment Agency]