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Waste Management

on Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:47 am
Every year, end of life vehicles generate between 8 and 9 million tons of waste in the community which should be managed correctly. According to definitions laid out in the Waste Framework Directive, it is primarily the customer’s will which defines a given vehicle an end-of-life vehicle. However, in certain cases a vehicle is considered end-of-life simply due to the condition it is in. In 1997, the European Commission adopted a Proposal for a Directive which aims at making vehicle dismantling and recycling more environmentally friendly, sets clear quantified targets for reuse, recycling and recovery of vehicles and their components and pushes producers to manufacture new vehicles also with a view to their recyclability.

The objective of the ELV Directive is to prevent waste from end-of-life vehicles and promote the collection, re-use and recycling of their components to protect the environment. The Directive sets clear quantified targets for reuse, recycling and recovery of vehicles and their components and pushes producers to manufacture new vehicles also with a view to their recyclability. The rate of re-use and recovery must be increased to 85% by average weight per vehicle and by year 2006 and to 95% by 2015. Use of lead, mercury, cadmium and Hexavalent chromium will be prohibited in materials and components in vehicles put on the market after 1 July 2003. Member States must set up collection systems for end-of-life vehicles and ensure that all vehicles are transferred to authorized treatment facilities. The last holder of an end-of-life vehicle will be able to dispose it free of charge.
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