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Deadline near for shredders

Vehicle recyclers have been given until the end of the month before stricter depollution standards are enforced on waste to be classified as non-hazardous.

Shredder residue from cars not pre-treated to Government standards will have to go to expensive hazardous waste sites from November 30.

Since co-disposal was banned on July 16, the Environment Agency (EA) has allowed an easier depollution process to be used to make shredder waste non-hazardous.

This interim agreement was reached after a tense six-day stand-off in July, when shredders were turned off across the UK due to classification uncertainties.

The EA then said the lower standard could last until November 1 but it has pushed that deadline back four weeks to allow testing procedures to be finalised.

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