Europe's End of Life Vehicles Directive states that when cars and vans up to 3.5 tonnes are at the end of their lives, they have to be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. Vehicle manufacturers provide this service to consumers for free, but a problem exists if a vehicle's brand is no longer trading or if a parent company does not exist. This leads to an increase in "orphan vehicles", or vehicles that are at the end of their lives with nowhere to go. The UK currently has over 700,000 orphan vehicles, but its automotive industry is committed to a new free service that takes these vehicles back and recycles them.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has partnered with recycling company Autogreen to create a programme called Rewarding Recycling, which disposes of orphan vehicles responsibly and cost-free to the consumer.
People have the option of dropping their vehicles at local participating dealerships or having Autogreen collect the vehicles from their homes directly, which is very useful for people who live in remote areas of the UK and do not have easy access to recycling plants.
Because this programme is cost-free and offers home collection, it is very convenient for consumers to dispose of their old vehicles responsibly. This initiative displays how committed the UK automotive industry is to being environmentally conscious. This auto industry has a record of being dedicated to the reduction of emissions, energy and water, and Rewarding Recycling reinforces the fact that they take environmental issues seriously.
The UK's automotive industry and Autogreen are commitment to environmental responsibility, and these organisations are doing their part to ensure that cars remain one of the UK's most efficiently recycled consumer products.