LIFE De-BAY - ELV DEPOLLUTION BAY -equipped island for the management of materials and components for end of life vehicles

LIFE16 ENV/IT/000220

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Contact details:

Contact person: Maurizio Ruozi
Tel: 393356360170
Email: info@flexbimec.com

Project description:


End-of-life vehicles (ELVs) have become a global concern. According to EU legislation, at least 85% of a vehicle’s weight should be recycled. Nevertheless, with the tools currently available, depolluting and recovering ELV components is still a time-consuming activity, especially for small and medium-sized dismantlers. Consequently, many ELVs go through a very superficial depolluting and recovery process before being sent to dismantling and shredding facilities, even in cases where considerable amounts of fluids and materials could still be recovered. The non-metal portion of ELVs accounts for approximately 30% by weight and is generally not recycled at small dismantling sites. Instead, the so-called auto shredder residue (ASR) left after recovery of the metal is typically landfilled.


The LIFE De-BAY project’s objective is to lower the environmental impact of ELVs by developing more efficient recovery systems and techniques for small and medium-sized dismantlers. This technology will be validated and demonstrated within fully-equipped and integrated “depollution islands” at two pilot dismantling sites. The aim is to enable the recovery of larger amounts of vehicle materials and components (e.g. plastics, glass and filters) and up to 99% of all ELV fluids by weight, in a much faster and more efficient way than is possible using current tools and systems. Thanks to LIFE De-BAY, dismantlers will be able to depollute ELVs in one-sixth of the time currently required, and in much safer conditions for operators. The project aims to lower the environmental impact of ELVs through the increased recovery of ELV liquids and materials at the dismantling sites in line with EU waste legislation, in particular the ELV Directive and Directive 2005/64/EC on the type-approval of motor vehicles with regard to their reusability, recyclability and recoverability. The project will also feed into the Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe, as it helps in the recovery of resources.

Expected results:

  • 800-850 cars depolluted and dismantled by the end of the project;
  • Increased recovery of spent fluids (about 37.5 litres of fuel; 0.5 litres of suspension oil; 0.4 litres of brake fluids; 11 litres of gearbox oil; 0.4 litres of power steering oils; 4 litres of engine oil; 3.5 litres of cooling liquids; 2 litres of windscreen wash fluid; 5 litres of catalysis fluid; and 400 g of air conditioning refrigerant fluid);
  • Recovery of glass, plastics and filters;
  • Depolluted cars, with plastics, glass and filters removed in 30 minutes and an overall decrease of 84% in the operating time;
  • Increased yearly turnover of the coordinating beneficiary Flexbimec of about €3.4 million; and
  • The creation of 8-9 new jobs.



Environmental issues addressed:


Environmental management - Circular economy and Value chains
Waste - End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV's) and tyres


resource conservation‚  waste recycling‚  waste reduction‚  vehicle‚  plastic

Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • Directive 2000/53 - End-of life vehicles (18.09.2000)
  • Directive 2008/98 - Waste and repealing certain Directives (Waste Framework Directive) (19.11.200 ...
  • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Flexbimec International srl
Type of organisation International enterprise
Description Flexbimec International has produced equipment and systems for lubricants handling, management and monitoring for more than 40 years. Flexbimec has installed over 400 centralised lubrication systems in Italy, and is present in many other markets.
Partners Officine Meccaniche SMA srl, Italy


Project reference LIFE16 ENV/IT/000220
Duration 01-JUL-2017 to 30-JUN -2019
Total budget 1,471,974.00 €
EU contribution 883,183.00 €
Project location Emilia-Romagna(Italia)


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