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End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Regulations

What the vehicle owner must do

The Waste Management (End-Of-Life Vehicles) Regulations, S.I. No. 282 of 2006, place an obligation on vehicle owners. Where the registered owner of an end-of-life 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. If the vehicle is not roadworthy, the services of a permitted waste collector must be used to transport the ELV to the facility.

An authorised treatment facility or ATF is a facility where the collection and storage and treatment of end-of-life vehicles may take place. Authorised treatment facilities must operate under a waste licence or waste facility permit, as appropriate, in accordance with Section 39 of the Waste Management Acts 1996, as amended, and associated regulations.

It is therefore an offence under waste management legislation to undertake the collection or storage or treatment of end-of-life vehicles without the appropriate authorisation

When seeking to dispose of an end-of-life vehicle, it is important that the registered owner of the vehicle ensures that they receive a Certificate of Destruction for the vehicle from the ATF. This is a statutory document, and cannot be copied or amended by any person.

The following authorised treatment facilities are available in County Clare:

  • Thomas Connole,
    Address: Doctors Hill, Kilfenora, Co. Clare.
    Facility Address: Kilfenora Townland, Kilfenora, Co. Clare.
    Telephone:  (086) 8188008
    Permit Number: WFP-CE-09-0001-01
    Waste Types Handled: End of life vehicles
    Issue Date: 24-Nov-09
    Expiry Date: 24-Nov-14
  • Eamon Conway, T/A Conway Car Distmantlers,
    Address: Clondanagh, Tulla, Co. Clare.
    Facility address: As Above
    Telephone: (065) 6835369 / (087) 8271271
    Permit number: WFP-CE-10-0002-01
    Waste types handled: Recovery of scrap metal and other metal waste / Dismantling or recovery of vehicles
    Issue date: 11-Feb-11
    Expiry date: 11-Feb-16 
  • Kevin Marsh
    Address: Barbane, Broadford, Co Clare
    Facility address: Barbane, Broadford, Co Clare
    Telephone: None supplied
    Permit number: WFP-CE-11-0003-01
    Waste types handled: Storage and treatment of end of life vehicles
    Issue date: 28-July-11
    Expiry date: 28-July-16
  • Corofin Car Dismantlers Ltd.,
    Address: Roxton, Corofin, Co Clare.
    Facility address: Roxton, Corofin, Co Clare.
    Telephone: (065) 6837508
    Permit number: WFP-CE-12-0003-01
    Waste types handled: End of life vehicles
    Issue date: 27-Feb-2013
    Expiry date: 27-Feb-2018

Details of collectors authorised to collect end-of-life vehicles can be found through searching the Limerick County Council website section on waste collectors.

What the vehicle producer must do

The regulations place obligations on vehicle producers - vehicle manufacturers and professional importers - to establish national collection systems for the recovery and treatment of end-of-life vehicles. Each producer is required to register with each local authority.

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. 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.

Under the regulations, each producer's national collection system is required to have at least one authorised treatment facility in every city and county council area. The owner or operator of that facility shall issue, free of charge, a Certificate of Destruction to the registered owner, an authorised person of a local authority or a member of An Garda Síochána. Obligations are imposed on all authorised treatment facilities to ensure that they are properly permitted and have adequate facilities for handling and storage of ELVs.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 10/10/13