Upgrading to a new car is rewarding. It’s more efficient and has modern features, enhancing your driving experience. The problem, however, is when you don’t have a place to park it because your old car is occupying your garage. In cases like this, scrapping your car properly would be the ideal way of disposal.
Scrapping Old Cars Benefits Your Wallet and the Environment
Scrapping a car that no longer runs is more reasonable than letting it rust in your garage. When you scrap your car, you can earn extra cash from its metal components. You won’t have to worry about spending money just to bring your car to the scrapper’s, either. Most companies will come to collect your scrap car.
Apart from earning you money, scrapping your car helps minimise your environmental footprint. Through this process, the metal parts of your car won’t end up in a landfill. Instead, they are recycled to make tins and the like. Using recycled metals reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which is higher when making new metal.
Energy usage decreases when using recycled metals, as well. Manufacturing copper, for instance, saves up to 85 per cent of energy. It also saves 100 million MWh of electrical energy and 40 million tonnes of CO2 every year globally.
Scrap Your Car Properly
Disposing of your scrap car requires some research to make sure your car is recycled correctly. You must bring your old car to a company that has the Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) environmental permit from the Environmental Agency. The ATF can either scrap your vehicle completely or restore and sell it themselves.
The agency ensures that ATF-certified scrapping companies are treating End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) properly. The ELV directive focuses on minimising the impact of scrap cars on the environment. It also encourages manufacturers to build new vehicles that don’t contain hazardous substances, such as mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium.
Additionally, you must receive a Certificate of Destruction from an ATF company after scrapping your vehicle; particularly it’s a car, light van, or a 3-wheeled motor vehicle. The certificate serves as proof that you’ve scrapped the vehicle. Otherwise, you will remain liable for traffic offense penalties and vehicle tax. It signals the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to remove your vehicle from their registration database.
Find an Authorised Treatment Facility
ELVs produce between seven and eight million tonnes of waste in the European Union. The EU directive emphasises that the waste must be managed properly. Car manufacturers should also ensure proper recycling of vehicles and they should be disposed of for free. Manufacturers usually partner with local ATF sites to contact you.
LKM Recycling helps you scrap your non-running car in compliance with the DVLA regulations. We can provide fast and efficient service to collect your vehicle. Our team will also complete all the paperwork on your behalf. We keep our team up to date with the global metal price to offer you reasonable price when you scrap your car.
After scrapping your vehicle, we will issue you an electronic and paper copy of the Certificate of Destruction. This informs the DVLA that the car will no longer hit the road again.
Contact us to learn more.