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End of Life Vehicles

Waste Management (End-Of-Life-Vehicles) Regulations 2006

There are now strict Regulations in respect of end of life vehicles such as old cars and other vehicles. These apply to owners of end of life vehicles,   manufacturers and importers of vehicles and also on those involved in the dismantling of end of life vehicles. 

Where can I bring an old car for dismantling

There are currently six Authorised Treatment Facilities where the public can bring end of life vehicles for safe disposal.




Phone No.

Mr. Sean Naughton

Sean Naughton Car Spares

Belcarra, Castlebar, Co Mayo

094 9032131

Mr Joe Hoade

Western Recovery & Auto Salvage

Cullagh, Shrule, Co Mayo

087 2514314
Mr Kevin McNamara McNamara Car Dismantlers Knockbrack, Ballyhaunis 094 9630439

Mr. John Dempsey






Dempseys Light Commercial Spares

Whitestream, Bonniconlon, Ballina, Co. Mayo

096 45412

Stanley Jackson Stanley Jackson Moneen Road, Castlebar, Co Mayo 094 9025240
Peter Quinn & Michael Devaney T/A Shamrock Metal Recyclers Rathmeal, The Quay, Ballina, Co Mayo 087 7940243

 What is the background to the legislation?

Enabling legislative provisions were incorporated into the Protection of the Environment Act 2003 - which inserted a new part VA in the Waste Management Act 1996 - to facilitate the transposition and implementation inIrelandof this important Directive.  Following a period of public consultation, the Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 282 of 2006) were made and came into effect on 8th June 2006.  The regulations fully transpose the provisions of Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles and are intended to facilitate its implementation inIreland.

What are the obligations on Producers (vehicle manufacturers and importers)?

The Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006 place obligations on producers - vehicle manufacturers and professional importers:

·        They must establish national collection systems for the recovery and treatment of end-of-life vehicles.  Typically, an end-of-life vehicle will be a passenger car or a light commercial van that the registered owner wishes to dispose of as waste.  From 1 January 2007 owners of intact end-of-life cars and vans can deposit them free-of-charge at authorised treatment facilities.  An exception to the free take-back principle is provided where a vehicle is missing its essential components or where waste has been added to the vehicle.

·        Each producer's national collection system is required to have at least one authorised treatment facility in every city and county council area that will provide free take-back for vehicles of that producer's brand or for which that producer has responsibility.  Producers are required to have additional authorised treatment facilities in place in those counties and cities with a larger population base (i.e. one additional facility for each additional 150,000 persons in the relevant county or city).

·        Each producer is required to register with each local authority and to provide specified information to the local authorities to accompany their registration.  

·        Each producer must ensure that the materials and components of specified vehicles do not contain lead, mercury, cadmium or hexavalent chromium other than in cases specified in the Fourth Schedule of the regulations and that technical documentation must be made available by the producer to verify compliance with these requirements

·        They must compile and maintain appropriate documentation, for a period of seven years, to verify that the materials and components of vehicles are in compliance with the provisions of the regulations.

·        Each producer, in liaison with vehicle material and equipment manufacturers, use component and material coding standards to facilitate the identification of those components and materials which are suitable for reuse and recovery

·        Producers are also obliged to make available to authorised treatment facilities dismantling information for each type of new specified vehicle put on the market inIreland within six months of these vehicles being put on the market inIreland.

·        They must keep records of the aggregate weight of materials for reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal arising from end-of-life vehicles and report to local authorities on an annual basis.

The regulations also introduce new environmental standards to ensure that when a vehicle is scrapped, as much material as possible is recovered and recycled and that it takes place in a way that does not harm the environment ? prescribed targets for reuse / recovery and reuse / recycling are required in accordance with the provisions of Directive 2000/53/EC.

 What are the Authorised Treatment Centre Obligations?

Obligations are also imposed on all authorised treatment facilities to ensure that such facilities operate under a waste license, or as appropriate, a waste permit and meet the minimum technical requirements for the -

-storage (including temporary storage) of end-of-life vehicles prior to their being the subject of appropriate treatment and recovery, appropriate treatment and recovery of end-of-life vehicles, storage of components containing fluids, recoverable components and spare parts.

· Keep records of the aggregate weight of materials for reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal arising from end-of-life vehicles and report to local authorities on an annual basis.

From the 1st January 2007 and onwards, on the deposit of an end-of-life vehicle at an authorised treatment facility for appropriate treatment and recovery, the owner or operator of that facility shall

· Issue a Certificate ofDestruction to the registered owner, an authorised person of a local authority or a member of An Garda Síochána and All relevant information relating to that certificate of destruction shall be noted on the National Vehicle File.  

No charge may be imposed by the authorised treatment facility on the registered owner of the end-of-life vehicle in respect of the Certificate of Destruction.

What are the Local Authority Responsibilities?

Under the regulations, local authorities are responsible for the enforcement of all relevant provisions relating to the permitting of authorised treatment facilities, and where appropriate, producer responsibility provisions concerning the administration of the system of producer registration.

What are the obligations on Vehicle Owners?

An obligation is also imposed on vehicle owners, where the registered owner of a specified vehicle intends to discard that vehicle as waste, he or she is required to deposit that vehicle at an authorised treatment facility for appropriate treatment and recovery.

  Further Information

Further information on the Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006 may be obtained from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Governments
Waste Prevention & Recovery Section,
Custom House,
Dublin 1,
Tel: (01) 888 2440 / 888 2606 / 888 2777
Fax: (01) 888 2994

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