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End-of-life vehicles environmental legislation

End-of-life vehicles environmental legislation

This page provides links to key pieces of environmental legislation relating to end-of-life vehicles. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legislation register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

Environmental management systems and environmental reports

Northern Ireland

EU Directive on End-of-Life Vehicles 2000/53. Requires end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) and their components to be recycled or reused. Sets out design requirements for materials and components. Outlines measures for collection systems and treating and storing waste vehicles at authorised treatment facilities.

End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations SI 2003/2635. Requires producers of vehicles to set up collection, treatment and disposal systems to make sure that components in vehicles can be recovered, reused and recycled at the end of their life.

End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) Regulations SI 2005/263. Requires producers to register responsibility for vehicles placed on the market and apply for approval of their vehicle collection system. Introduces reuse, recovery and recycling targets for ELVs treated at authorised treatment facilities.

End-of-Life Vehicles (Amendment) Regulations SI 2010/1094. Amends 2003/2635 by changing the basis on which exemptions from the restrictions on use of heavy metals in vehicle components are identified. Also provides powers of entry and inspection for the enforcement authorities.

End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) (Amendment) Regulations SI 2010/1095 Amends 2005/263 by making changes to requirements for reporting details of reuse, recycling and recovery rates.

Environment (Designation of Relevant Directives) Order (Northern Ireland) SR 2003/209. Adds solvent emissions, waste incineration, emissions from large combustion plants and ELVs as polluting activities under the regulatory system set up in Environment (NI) Order 2002.

Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2003/493 Covers applications for waste management licences, which authorise the deposit, disposal and treatment of controlled waste. Includes conditions on the use of certain mobile plant.

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Scotland

EU Directive on End-of-Life Vehicles 2000/53 Requires end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) and their components to be recycled or reused. Sets out design requirements for materials and components. Outlines measures for collection systems and treating and storing waste vehicles at authorised treatment facilities.

End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations SI 2003/2635. Requires producers of vehicles to set up collection, treatment and disposal systems to make sure that components in vehicles can be recovered, reused and recycled at the end of their life.

End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) Regulations SI 2005/263. Requires producers to register responsibility for vehicles placed on the market and apply for approval of their vehicle collection system. Introduces reuse, recovery and recycling targets for ELVs treated at authorised treatment facilities.

End-of-Life Vehicles (Amendment) Regulations SI 2010/1094. Amends 2003/2635 by changing the basis on which exemptions from the restrictions on use of heavy metals in vehicle components are identified. Also provides powers of entry and inspection for the enforcement authorities.

End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) (Amendment) Regulations SI 2010/1095 Amends 2005/263 by making changes to requirements for reporting details of reuse, recycling and recovery rates.

End-of-Life Vehicles (Storage and Treatment) (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2003/593. Requires certain conditions to be met for site licences covering keeping and treating waste motor vehicles.

Waste Management Licensing Regulations SI 1994/1056. Covers applications for waste management licences, which authorise the deposit, disposal and treatment of controlled waste. Includes conditions on the use of certain mobile plant.

The Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 Removes waste tyres from the list of materials that can be treated for recovery or reuse under a paragraph 11 exemption. Also removes tyres from the list of waste types that can be stored under a paragraph 17 exemption.

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