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While 2020 was an unusual year in anyone’s calendar, Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) are an essential waste service and remained open and operational throughout, not only for the acceptance and collection of End-of-Life Vehicles, but also for the supply of quality second-hand parts. Additionally, metal re-processors also remained open to process the metal from the ATFs.
“The volume of ELVs has decreased, reflecting what has happened to our society and economy during 2020, but we really appreciate the efforts of the ATFs in remaining open and providing a valuable service”, said Fiacra Quinn, CEO of ELVES.
In 2019, the year for which we have validated data, there were 64 ATFs in the Network. While the Network handled 67% of all ELVs in the country that year, ELVES met the national targets of 85% reuse and recycling and 95% overall, when recovery is included, for 100% of ELVs in Ireland.
“Although 2020 targets will prove challenging, we know the ELVES Network has met the reuse, recycling and recovery targets and expect this to have a very positive impact on the national figures. Initial indications from the data provided by the Network and the metal re-processors demonstrate a buoyant market in recovered materials, which is very promising”, confirmed Elena Wrelton.
Alongside ELVES’ core activities with its ATF Network, the Annual Report details the progress made on increasing public awareness in a year when normal communications channels, like public events, were upended. Not stopping in its mission to improve the recycling of ELVs now and in the future, the Report also looks at progress made through Electric ELVES, the programme to support the takeback of electric vehicle batteries for recycling.
In addition to battery recycling, at the start of 2020 ELVES was able to offer in-person electric and hybrid awareness training to ATF staff under the Electric ELVES programme. With restrictions in place, this was suspended. The Electric ELVES training has gone online during 2021 and will be further supplemented with F-Gas training, a qualification required for the handling of mobile air-conditioning gases in vehicles.
The 2020 Annual Report can be read here: Download ELVES 2020 Annual Report
In April 2021, ELVES launched its F-Gas Training pilot project to provide Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) certified training to ATFs in its Network. F-Gases are used in vehicle air conditioning systems and need to be removed from End-of-Life Vehicles as part of the depollution process. The second cohort of 14 learners from ATFs around the country are set to complete the course in September.
On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the National results for End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) recycling for 2019, which showed that once again Ireland has both met and exceeded the 85% reuse and recycling and the 95% reuse and recovery targets for the treatment of ELVs. The results for 2019 were 87.43% reuse and recycling and 95.21% reuse and recovery.
During April and May, ELVES successfully rolled out its hybrid and electric vehicle awareness course to an additional 17 employees of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) around the country. Developed and delivered by Salvage Wire Ltd, the course was provided in a new online format to enable easy access to the training for all ATFs.
ELVES, the compliance scheme for End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs), has launched its pilot programme of Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) Training for Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) in its Network.
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Over the last fortnight, information has gone out to all ATFs in the country telling them about the new Electric ELVES training offering. Free of charge to ATFs, the training will be provided through a mix of videos, workbooks, and a live online session with the trainer Andy Latham.
Image Credit: Anna Dreimane, Kate Deegan, and Mikey Cashell
In an article, published on Mywaste.ie, atfpro.co.uk and EnviroSolutions news update, ELVES highlights the successful improvements to, and take-up of, the online electronic Certificate of Destruction (eCoD) system. This has helped streamline the issuing and processing of CoDs for both ATFs and the Department of Transport. The drive to encourage take up has resulted in an enormous increase in eCoDs from just 33% in 2016 to 90% in 2020. These improvements came as a result of a concerted effort by the Waste Enforcement Regional Local Authorities (WERLAS), the Department of Transport and ELVES. Image Credit: Anna Dreimane, Kate Deegan, and Mikey Cashell
ELVES are thrilled to announce the winners and runners-up of the 'Where is Hughie?' Kids Colouring Competition!
To mark Seachtain na Gaeilge March 1-17, ELVES have released an Irish language version of our How to Recycle your Vehicle, short video guide.
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