With the increasing importance given to environmental issues in our society, it doesn’t come as a surprise that we’ve invented and developed many methods to prevent pollution from worsening – or to avoid it all together.
The number of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in several European Union countries rose dramatically from 6.3 million in 2008 to 9 million in 2009, a figure that continued to grow rapidly, with 250.794.006 passenger vehicles in use in 2014. ELVs are considered waste; however, it is crucial that we ensure we dispose of this waste correctly.
At Morecambe Metals, we offer vehicle depollution services, a process that provides many different advantages for the environment. So, what is this method and why is it important?
What is Vehicle Depollution?
End-of-life vehicles tend to have several elements that are hazardous to the environment; by 2011, there were already 1.5 million to 2 million ELVs being generated in the UK every year, which only helps to showcase just how important it is to make sure they are depolluted.
According to European and UK regulation, vehicles need to undergo a depollution process, which basically ensures that no hazardous materials still remain in the cars upon their decommission. Vehicle depollution removes dangerous materials for the environment, such as harmful chemicals and toxins, and salvages parts that can be reused and recycled.
Only after depollution is the vehicle considered non-hazardous waste and is ready to be crushed, shredded or dismantled.
What do We Remove During Depollution?
Not all components of your vehicle are dangerous but, the ones that are, need to be removed before the car can be recycled. And end-of-life vehicles contain many elements that can harm the environment and cause health issues. In order to depollute your vehicle, we have to remove certain components, including:
- Lead-acid battery
- Wheels (contain lead)
- Oils, fluids and liquids
- Oil filter (can leak oil and contaminate the earth)
- Switches (contain mercury)
- Air bags (they’re potentially explosive)
We remove many other elements so that your vehicle is safe and depolluted, and no dangerous components will go on to harm the environment, the fauna and the flora – and cause health problems.
So Why is Depollution So Important?
Disposing of a vehicle without it undergoing depollution means that it will become a polluting source for the environment. It’s essential, then, that this process is carried out – and carried out well, for that matter. Otherwise, the vehicle is not safe.
We ensure that nothing on your car can contaminate the water supply or the food chain by offering this service to our clients. After removing the components, we store some of them and make sure they are transferred correctly. Others we dispose of or reuse.
We aim to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles at all times, whether through vehicle recycling or depollution, so don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01524 69191 if you want to learn more about these services. You can also message us with any queries you may have and a member of our team will discuss your needs with you.