Find a Recycler

How to Scrap (Recycle) your Car or Small Van

1. Find and contact a vehicle recycling facility:

Enter your nearest town in our Find a Recycler tool above and click Search.

You will be shown the location of the nearest vehicle recyclers to you in the ELVES Network. Select a recycler to view their contact details, location opening hours and whether they offer a collection service.

2. Drop your car off or have it collected by your chosen recycler

You can drop your car off, or, alternatively, many sites also offer vehicle collection. Just look for the ‘Offers a Collection Service’ logo on their listing.

3. Get your Certificate of Destruction

A Certificate of Destruction (CoD) will be issued to you by the recycler, the CoD ends your responsibility for the vehicle. An ATF can issue you a CoD in two ways: an electronic CoD or a paper CoD.


Find out more about scrapping a vehicle in our video:

Video by David Ng Yee Shian, Michael McNamara and Samantha O’Keeffe from Limerick School of Art and Design.


Useful things to know about scrapping your vehicle

All Recycling Facilities in the ELVES Network are permitted scrapyards (officially known as Authorised Treatment Facilities or ATFs).

A permitted scrapyard (or ATF) is the only business that can issue you with a Certificate of Destruction when you scrap your car. 

What is an ATF?

What is a Certificate of Destruction (CoD)?

  • You are required by law to desposit your car with a vehicle recycling facility (Authorised Treatment Facility) for recycling.
  • If your car is complete and free of rubbish, a vehicle recycling facility is obliged to take back your car free of charge. There may be a small charge to collect your vehicle.
  • The vehicle recycling facility should issue you with a Certificate of Destruction ending your responsibility for the vehicle.



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