End of Life Vehicles

Vehicle Owner Obligations for End of Life Vehicles

Where the registered owner of a vehicle intends to discard that vehicle as waste, he or she is required to deposit it at an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) for appropriate treatment and recovery. The vehicle can be deposited at the ATF free of charge.

The owner will then be issued with a Certificate of Destruction confirming that the vehicle is being depolluted and dismantled in an environmentally safe manner. The facility will then notify the Vehicle Registration Unit of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in Shannon, Co. Clare and the destruction of the vehicle will be noted in the records of the National Vehicle File.

At present there are eight Authorised Treatment Facility in County Kilkenny, as follows:

  1. Colman Ryan,Clara Cars, Clara (WFP-KK-15-0007-03)
  2. Joe Hollywood, Tubrid, Freshford (WFP-KK-11-0008-02)
  3. Ger Mulhall, Newtown, Bonnettstown (WFP-KK-12-0002-02)
  4. Philip Mc Bride, Kilkeasy, Hugginstown (WFP-KK-11-0012-02)
  5. Michael Madden, Newtown, Bonnettstown (WFP-KK-15-0003-03)
  6. Coogan Autos Ltd, Castlecomer (WFP-KK-14-0005-02)
  7. Merriville Ltd, Phoenix Business Park, Kilkenny City (WFP-KK-15-0001-01)
  8. Paschal Power, Busherstown, Glenmore (WFP-KK-12-0005-02)

The Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006 place obligations on producers - vehicle manufacturers and professional importers :

To establish national collection systems for the recovery and treatment of end-of-life vehicles (ELV). Typically, an ELV will be a passenger car or a light commercial van that the registered owner wishes to dispose of as waste. From 1 January 2007 owners of intact end-of-life cars and vans can deposit them free-of-charge at authorised treatment facilities. An exception to the free take-back principle is provided where a vehicle is missing its essential components or where waste has been added to the vehicle.

Each producer's national collection system is required to have at least one authorised treatment facility in every city and county council area that will provide free take-back for vehicles of that producer's brand or for which that producer has responsibility. Producers are required to have additional authorised treatment facilities in place in those counties and cities with a larger population base (i.e. one additional facility for each additional 150,000 persons in the relevant county or city).

Each producer is required to register with each Local Authority and to provide specified information to the local authorities to accompany their registration.

To ensure that the materials and components of specified vehicles do not contain lead, mercury, cadmium or hexavalent chromium other than in cases specified in the Fourth Schedule of the regulations and that technical documentation must be made available by the producer to verify compliance with these requirements

To compile and maintain appropriate documentation, for a period of seven years, to verify that the materials and components of vehicles are in compliance with the provisions of the regulations.

Each producer, in liaison with vehicle material and equipment manufacturers, use component and material coding standards to facilitate the identification of those components and materials which are suitable for reuse and recovery

Producers are also obliged to make available to authorised treatment facilities dismantling information for each type of new specified vehicle put on the market in Ireland within six months of these vehicles being put on the market in Ireland

Keep records of the aggregate weight of materials for reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal arising from end-of-life vehicles and report to local authorities on an annual basis

The regulations also introduce new environmental standards to ensure that when a vehicle is scrapped, as much material as possible is recovered and recycled and that it takes place in a way that does not harm the environment - prescribed targets for reuse / recovery and reuse / recycling are required in accordance with the provisions of Directive 2000/53/EC.

Authorised Treatment Facility Obligations for End of Life Vehicles


Obligations are also imposed on all authorised treatment facilities to

  • Ensure that such facilities operate under a waste license, or as appropriate, a waste permit and
  • Meet the minimum technical requirements for the storage (including temporary storage) of end-of-life vehicles prior to their being the subject of appropriate treatment and recovery,
  • Appropriate treatment and recovery of end-of-life vehicles,
  • Storage of components containing fluids, recoverable components and spare parts.
  • Keep records of the aggregate weight of materials for reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal arising from end-of-life vehicles and report to local authorities on an annual basis.
  • From the 1st January 2007 and onwards, on the deposit of an end-of-life vehicle at an authorised treatment facility for appropriate treatment and recovery, the owner or operator of that facility shall:

Issue a Certificate of Destruction to the registered owner, an authorised person of a local authority or a member of An Garda Síochána and all relevant information relating to that certificate of destruction shall be noted on the National Vehicle File. No charge may be imposed by the authorised treatment facility on the registered owner of the end-of-life vehicle in respect of the Certificate of Destruction.


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