Caring For Our Environment

Scrapping vehicles is a messy business so we do all we can to minimise the impact this process has on our environment

It’s our planet… and it’s the only one we’ve got

Concerns about our environment and the damage we’re doing to it are now at the forefront of many of our minds. Hardly a day goes by without a story in the news regarding pollution, contamination or outright environmental vandalism.

Minimising pollution

In our particular industry, there are growing concerns regarding the amount of pollution and waste that’s produced during the disposal of ELVs (End-of-Life Vehicles). As such, we do all we can to take positive and responsible steps to ensure the effects are kept to a minimum.

At Ace, our workplace complies with Government Legislation regarding the safe collection, depollution, dismantling, storage and destruction of ELVs and we also want our customers to know that we’re a responsible, eco-friendly ATF registered company.

How it works

The treatment process of a vehicle consists of removing all the hazardous materials such as oil, fuel and other fluids and disposing of them in the most environmentally safest way possible. We care about the environment and how the materials are recycled and as a result, we continue to look for new methods of clean recycling.


Ace Car Breakers Ltd. is a fully compliant, licensed company and is licensed/registered to transport and store hazardous waste.

We’re a regulated ATF (Authorised Treatment Facility) where ELVs are dismantled. We operate under an environmental permit in England and Wales (or waste management licence in Northern Ireland and Scotland). We must and do meet relevant standards in relation to the:

  • Storage and treatment of ELVs
  • Removal of hazardous liquids and components from ELVs (depollution)
  • Reuse, recycling or disposal of parts

Vehicles are regulated to limit the environmental impact of their disposal, by reducing the amount of waste created when they are scrapped. This is done through various measures to encourage the recovery, reuse and recycling of metals, plastics and rubber.

ELVs are classified as hazardous waste in England and Wales and special waste in Scotland until depolluted and must be handled accordingly.

Deregistering with the DVLA

ATFs like us, issue certificates of destruction to confirm that individual ELVs have been processed in accordance with the regulations, at which point they are deregistered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.


Responsibility for enforcing the regulations is shared by the Department for the Environment, and the Office for Product Safety and Standards (Safety & Standards).
The End-of-life Vehicles Regulations 2003 and the End-of-life Vehicles Regulations 2005 are the underpinning legislation.

Further reading

To read more about ATF’s, ELV legislation and to find our listing, please click the links below: – ELV Regulations

Environment Agency – Find our listing

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