Yesterday, Minister Denis Naughten officially launched the ELVES compliance scheme. On a stunning day in Athlone, the Minister launched the scheme with a ceremonial cutting of the ELVES Heinkel cake.
Around 90,000 vehicles are scrapped annually in Ireland and the material in these vehicles needs to be reused, recycled and recovered to make sure we make full use of the valuable resources in them. In 2014, Ireland reused, recycled and recovered 91% of its ELVs. ELVES’ aim is to increase this rate to 95%. Since 2015, 95% of the vehicle must be reused, recycled or recovered, with a minimum of 85% from reuse (components) or recycling.
ELVES has been established by vehicle manufacturers to help meet these challenging targets and a number of manufacturers joined us on the day to celebrate the official launch of ELVES.
A key activity of ELVES is the establishment of a network of permitted scrapyards (Authorised Treatment Facilities or ATFs) where people can drop off their scrap cars or small vans free of charge for recycling. ATFs that are currently in the network are listed on the ELVES website and ELVES will be growing this network over the coming months.
ELVES hopes that by promoting its network of permitted scrapyards and giving people the information they need people will become more aware of the steps they need to take when they scrap their vehicle.
In the words of Minister Denis Naughten “The ELVES scheme will give people that information and make it much easier for them access the all -important details on how to dispose of their end of life vehicles quickly and easily. It is to be commended that the motor industry has come together with the ELVES scheme to address those issues.”
Download the ELVES Launch Press Release