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The Scrap Car Process - What happens when I scrap my car?


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The Scrap Car Process - What happens when I scrap my car?

If you are looking to scrap your car, it must be taken to a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's approved Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). The car scrapping process then involves the vehicle having all hazardous materials removed and reusable parts salvaged. 

Once the scrap car has been crushed and recycled, you will then be issued with a Certificate of Destruction by the ATF which is a legal requirement when you scrap a car. This is important as it also proves the scrap car's details have been removed from the DVLA's database.

If you scrap your car and you are not issued with a CoD, you may still be liable for traffic offence penalties and could receive an £80 fine. The Certificate of Destruction is sent by post or email as soon as the scrap car arrives at the ATF or after 14 days once the vehicle has been scrapped. 

 When scrapping a car, the ATF must follow the procedures that have been set out for them by the Environment Agency and or they can have their licences revoked. The scrap car must go through the vehicle 'depollution process' which involves the removing of hazardous materials. 

This includes the removal of the scrap car's battery - which is hazardous because of the lead-acid inside - this can be recycled at a specialist recycling centre. If the scrap car has air bags, depending on the type, these are deployed as due to the chemicals they contain they are still classed as a hazardous material.

All the scrap car's tyres are removed and sent for retreading, recovery or used for fuel replacement. With tyres, there are strict rules about the number of tyres an Authorised Treatment Facility can store on site. Tyres fires burn at intense temperatures and can be the most hazardous because of the threat they pose physically and on the environment. 

Hazardous materials such as switches are removed - these may contain Mercury which is toxic and can contaminate soil and the water supply - and other items such as seat belt pre-tensioners that can contain dangerous chemicals.

Next the scrap car is connected to a depollution rig where it will be earthed to discharge static. All vehicle fluids including fuel, coolant, windscreen fluid, brake fluid, oils, lubricants, refrigerants, anti-freeze fluids and more are pumped into sealed tanks. If these fluids are not disposed of incorrectly, they can contaminate soil and pollute the water supply.

If when scrapping a car it has a catalytic converter, this will be next to go because it can be considered hazardous waste if is open and catalyst material is exposed. The oil filter - which can leak and contaminate soil and the water supply - will then be removed before bumpers, any remaining glass and other large plastic items are taken from the car for specialist recycling or disposal.

Once the scrap car has completed the ‘depollution process’, it is safe to crush and the car scrap's metals, plastics and fibres can then be separated and recycled. If you are looking to sell your scrap car, Sell Your Jamjar buy any scrap car and offer free scrap car collection from anywhere in the UK.

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