Skip to main content

Recycle cars as much as cans

The UK’s largest network of authorised treatment facilities for end-of-life vehicles says the country’s national Recycle Week was ‘a great opportunity’ to emphasise that recycling a car is as easy as recycling a can.

The CarTakeBack network has invested heavily in recycling technology and equipment and reached the EU’s target of 95% two years early.

‘We are ahead of the game but we’re not resting,’ a spokesman says. ‘Our goals are high and they need to be. With 1.8 million cars scrapped every year in the UK, we know a large proportion are responsibly recycled but if people don’t make the right choice, the damage is done.’

Vehicle depollution must take place at an authorised treatment facility that holds an environmental permit. One industry source suggests that as many as 300 000 end-of-life vehicles could have been handled illegally last year.

The annual Recycle Week was kicked off last Monday, and was organised by the Recycle Now campaign. The slogan this year was ‘Recycling. It’s in our hands’, taking inspiration from public figures like Sir David Attenborough.

Recycling responsibility

‘Recycling really is in our hands,’ says CarTakeBack. ‘Rinsing out that can and putting it in the right bin means the public can tick off their recycling responsibility. But what about that tonne of metal, glass and plastic parked on the driveway?’

The network says the campaign mantra: ‘Rinse, Crush, Squash, Sort, Separate’ must apply to more than just the can in the kitchen for the UK to achieve significant recycling success.

‘While there’s obviously much more to it, recycling a car properly actually fits pretty neatly into that process. Making sure people know it’s what we need to achieve for all items, whatever the size, is vital. Can and car!’

Would you like to share any interesting developments or article ideas with us? Don't hesitate to contact us.

You might find this interesting too

When will battery metals rebalance?
Ferrous outlook: united sector a Covid-19 ‘bonus’

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Subscribe now and get a full year for just €136 (normal rate is €170) Subscribe
Share your shear stories and win a GoPro!

It’s safe to say that scrap shears are the pillars of the recycling industry. But which configurations are the future? Take part in our tech survey and get a shot at winning a cool GoPro camera!

Thousands of scrap shears are driving recycling businesses all over the world. When it comes to different types, an operator may opt for maximum tonnage or flexibility, such as a mobile set-up. An integrated baling system is also gaining popularity. Ultimately, there is no wrong or right shear; it comes down to how you’re going to use it.

Our survey is meant to map the wants and needs of today’s dynamic recycling industry. Voice your opinion here and, who knows, you may be able to capture your recycling facility in action in HD.