Britain has one of the worst car recycling rates in Europe , according to a recent European Union report.
The UK s European counterparts, Holland and Sweden , were singled out as good examples for reaching their targets of recycling more than 85% of their car materials. But the report also highlights that in 2004 Britain only recycled 81% of its car materials and this figure is estimated to remain the same this year.
The report assesses the current implementation of the End of Life Vehicles Directive by European member states.
Green Party MEP for South East England Caroline Lucas said: This report shows that Britain is still the dirty man of Europe , and that this Government has failed, yet again, to enact environmental legislation coming out of Brussels designed to tackle climate change.
It is hardly surprising, since the Governments approach to joining European initiatives to cut emissions can best be summed up as so much hot air- but its deeply disappointing.
Around 2 million vehicles reach the end of their life in the UK each year. But last year only 33% of these cars were issued with decontamination certificates.
Since 2005 car owners have been compelled to take their vehicle to a registered decontamination centre, where hazardous materials, including mercury and lead, brake fluids and air bags are safely removed.