- Waste generation and management
- Transboundary waste shipments
- Key Waste streams
Every year, End of life vehicles generate between 8 and 9 million tonnes of valuable waste in the Community. In 1997, the European Commission adopted a Proposal for a Directive which aims at making vehicle dismantling, reuse, recovery and recycling more environmentally friendly.
Directive 2000/53/EC sets out clear quantified targets for reuse, recycling and recovery of vehicles and their components and also pushes producers to manufacture vehicles with a clear view to their recyclability.
End-of-Life Vehicles recycling and recovery rates are the most relevant data because of the reporting requirements and targets set out in the ELV Directive. To provide some context the total quantity of ELV waste generated is also given.
To understand the magnitude of the waste stream, and the issues associated with it, it is helpful to know the total number of ELVs and the volume of waste that is generated. Total waste generation is mainly a factor of the size of the Member State.
Data relating to individual Member States, in the same format as that submitted by the competent authority to Eurostat, is also provided here:
The Directive stipulates that Member States shall take the necessary measures to ensure that the following targets are attained by economic operators:
- no later than 1 January 2006, for all end of life vehicles, the reuse and recovery shall be increased to a minimum of 85 % by an average weight per vehicle and year. Within the same time limit the reuse and recycling shall be increased to a minimum of 80 % by an average weight per vehicle and year;
- no later than 1 January 2015, for all end of life vehicles, the reuse and recovery shall be increased to a minimum of 95 % by an average weight per vehicle and year. Within the same time limit, the re-use and recycling shall be increased to a minimum of 85 % by an average weight per vehicle and year.