If you’re getting rid of your car because it’s reached the end of its life cycle, you might not give too much thought about where it ends up. Having someone whisk it away and deal with the paperwork to terminate your legal ownership is a huge relief for most.
However, most people don’t realise that there can be an impact on the environment if it’s handled poorly. And with lots of cars being scrapped, this can quickly start to add up and become very significant.
The good news is that there’s an easy way to avoid this. By using an Authorised Treatment Facility, you can scrap your car quickly and conveniently, while also helping to protect the environment.
But how does environmentally friendly scrap car disposal really work? – Here’s what you need to know.
What is an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF)?
Once a car has been removed and been listed as scrap, it should be recycled by a scrap merchant who has a permit from the Environment Agency.
It’s this same body, the Environment Agency, who are responsible for approving applications from scrap yards to become an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).
An authorised scrap car buyer holding ATF status can process all the paperwork, as they’re authorised to inform the DVLA that a vehicle has been scrapped. You won’t need to do a thing and you’ll be relieved of your obligations to purchase car tax or complete SORN declarations.
Although the ATF can issue the “Certificate of Destruction”, it’s not just about being authorised to issue the right documentation. Before the Environment Agency grant ATF status, the scrap dealer must meet a range of strict requirements relating to the actual destruction.
How Does a Scrap Dealer Become an ATF?
There are no short cuts to becoming an ATF and the Environment Agency have a long list of requirements that are vigorously enforced.
To become an ATF, a scrap dealer must satisfy a list of key points. These include (but aren’t limited to) things such as the premises needing to be secure and properly protected, meaning no trespassers can easily gain access to the site. Also, all hazardous fluids must be contained and there must be no spills on the surrounding environment – there should also be spillage kits placed strategically around the site. You also can’t burn waste onsite, on either open ground or in an incinerator.
This list goes on but, as you can see from the above examples, strict rules must be adhered to. A scrap yard must be able to demonstrate to the Environment Agency that it meets all of the required criteria before being considered for ATF status. Furthermore, the Environment Agency will actively monitor every scrap yard awarded an ATF status to ensure it continues to comply with its obligations.
Why Choose an ATF?
An ATF is the only organisation that can legally scrap your car, so it’s important on the most fundamental level.
However, these type of dealers, including ourselves, provide environmentally friendly scrap car disposal that you can rely on. The myriad of requirements that the Environment Agency require them to adhere to means you can be sure they won’t be littering the countryside with metal, or tipping away toxic liquids into the surrounding environment.
If you care about your planet and its future, all of this is vital.
Although protecting the environment may be your priority, you might be interested to learn that an ATF offers other advantages too. For example, our Price Pledge means you’re most likely to get the highest price for your scrap car and we’re also authorised to accept a wider range of vehicles, even if you have something more unusual that needs to be disposed of.
As a professional organisation with a reputation to uphold, you can trust an ATF such as Ace to be reliable and honest. If you want to find out more about a particular ATF, just check out their reviews for an honest and unbiased opinion. As a case in point, take a look at our Google reviews which we think speak for themselves.
Want to Find Out More?
If you have a scrap vehicle that needs to be disposed of, we’re an authorised scrap car buyer holding ATF status from the Environment Agency. You can trust us to give you the most competitive price for your scrap car and you won’t need to do a thing. To find out more about what we do to look after the environment and how we can help you, get in touch with our friendly team today.