Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you operate a business working with end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) you must meet requirements for storing and dismantling ELVs at your site.
You must have a waste management licence and comply with its conditions if you dismantle or store waste motor vehicles on your site that have not been depolluted.
Vehicles have been depolluted when they have been treated to the approved standard to remove fluids and other hazardous substances or components.
If you store and treat ELVs, you must meet environmental standards to be classed as an authorised treatment facility (ATF). These standards include:
If you operate an ATF you will need to demonstrate your technical competence and comply with an approved scheme.
ELVs that have not been depolluted and some component parts, for example batteries, oil filters and waste engine oil, are hazardous waste. You must:
You must register an exemption from waste management licensing for certain activities.
If you dismantle or store waste motor vehicles that have been depolluted you may need a paragraph 45 exemption.
If you have an exemption from waste management licensing you must comply with the exemption conditions.
For more information on how to apply for a waste management licence or register an exemption, read the waste management licences guidance on the NetRegs website.
You can use a generic toolkit for all businesses that will help you comply with your waste management licence and manage your environmental performance.
Sites that accept waste vehicles
Guidance - Noise and vibration management: environmental permits, Guidance - Noise and vibration management: environmental permits
Environmental Plans, Principles and Governance for Northern Ireland – Synopsis of Responses, Public responses to the Discussion Document: Environmental Plans, Principles and Governance
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