If your car has had its time and is being sent to the scrapyard, it’s known as an end-of-life vehicle (ELV). There are many special safety regulations which have been put in place for the handling and disposal of ELVs before they can be scrapped.
Depollution is an extremely important, if not vital part of the process, in which the hazardous components of the ELV are extracted and disposed of safely. There are many components of a car which pose risk to human and environmental health. Such components include that of oils, fuels, battery acid and coolants. Vehicle depollution ensures ELVs are broken down into its constituent parts and are disposed of accordingly. For example, oils and fluids are drained, batteries are disconnected and that airbags are deployed or removed.
ELVs must be depolluted to a particular standard, following specific guidelines. Depollution must occur within an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) which must have a site for both storage and treatment.
Once all components have been dealt with accordingly during depollution, the vehicle is then classified as ‘non-hazardous’ waste and can be sent on to be scrapped and further recycled.
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