End-of-life cars go off-road
One-third of the 10m European cars reported as deregistered and scrapped every year actually disappear off the radar, according to a new European Commission report. Brussels says it has concerns about the environmental impact of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) of unknown whereabouts.
“ELVs, when not depolluted or treated, are classified as hazardous waste,” the report says. “Spilled or burned engine oil and unsafe fluorinated and chlorinated hydrocarbons handling from air conditioners can cause particular environmental and human health concerns.”
It adds that, each year, between 20m and 55m litres of hazardous non-fuel liquids are unaccounted for.
Under EU regulation, only authorised dismantlers should be used to remove hazardous substances from ELVs, while 85% of the total weight of a car should be recycled.