ELVES is about to turn 2! As we come to the end of our second year as the compliance scheme for End-Of-Life Vehicles in Ireland, we thought we would take this opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved to date.
ELVES was set up by vehicle manufacturers to help Ireland meet the EU reuse, recycling and recovery targets for End-of-Life Vehicles. Our data shows that the ELVES Network of ATFs met this challenging target in 2017, thereby also making a positive contribution to the national target.
Over the past 2 years, we have been growing the ELVES Network of ATFs across the country. The Network requirements as per the Regulations were met early in 2017 and we expect the network to be at 60 ATFs by January 2019. This will provide even greater coverage and more options for those coming to our website looking for a place to scrap their vehicle.
ELVES has also grown their own team. At the beginning of 2018, a new Elf was taken on to allow us to provide more assistance to the Network, providing support with reporting and during visits to new and existing members. During our site visits, ELVES has been encouraging sign-up to the improved and easier to use ELV Online system. A number of changes were made to the ELV Online system at the end of 2017, and throughout 2018 we have had positive feedback from ATFs on the improvements, which is great to hear.
The Industrial/ Traction Battery Programme was another key focus for us this year. The programme aims to support ATFs when they receive an electric, hybrid or mild hybrid vehicle for recycling. Through the programme ELVES provides a free collection and recycling service for the batteries and an online training course to help ATFs understand the dangers associated with the handling of this new technology. The programme is available to all ATFs in the country.
Advertising and promotion of the ELVES network are an important part of the work we do. ELVES want to help the public understand the importance of recycling a vehicle correctly. ELVES have rolled-out newspaper, online and radio adverts to get the message out there, as well as weathering the storm with a stand at this year’s Ploughing Championships. Have you heard us on the radio or seen as at an event?
ELVES are looking forward to growing the network and awareness further in the coming year, as well as finding new ways we can provide support to our network of ATFs and the work they do in recycling cars and small vans.