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Take-back solution for UK’s ‘orphan vehicles’

United Kingdom – The British automotive industry has launched a programme to boost recycling of unclaimed end-of-life vehicles (ELVs).

Although the fact is that manufacturers provide a take-back service free of charge, some motorists can face difficulties if the brand is no longer trading and has no parent company. In such situations, the car or van becomes known as an ‘orphan vehicle’. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is partnering recycling company Autogreen to offer a free take-back service to ensure all these unclaimed cars and vans can be disposed of and recycled at no cost to the consumer.

The initiative was triggered by the recent change in EU legislation which increased the recycling, reuse and recovery target for ELVs from 85% to 95% from 2015 onwards. Under the EU’s ELV Directive, cars and vans weighing up to 3.5 tonnes must be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way when they reach the end of their lives – with the process paid for by the manufacturers of the vehicles through schemes such as CarTakeBack.

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