According to David Pinner of Crow Environmental, demand for high capacity de-pollution systems is accelerating. "The Environment Agency (EA) says that there are 600 ELV approved depollution sites presently with 200 more in the application process," he says. "That means that about 700 operators have not yet made moves to register. Now that the Government has sorted the shredder residue situation I am seeing the EA putting pressure on the trade to meet the legislative requirements and to install depollution systems in-line with their specification."
Crow Environmental has built a reputation in the UK market for integrated vehicle depollution units, with Crow equipment installed at EMR sites across the contry. Crow's technical innovations have led to the development of a fuel tank draining spike that is designed to eliminate fuel and vapour spillage. The tank spike is sealed onto the tank and the operator can inspect the discharge through the safety glass flow unit.
The latest EA regulations require the fluid to be removed from vehicle shock absorbers and Crow has a patented device about to come to market. This equipment will pierce the shock absorber and drain the fluid in one single operation, speeding this depollution task.
"We are starting to see operators realise that the painfully slow manual starter systems purchased originally to meet the regulations are just not commercially viable," adds Pinner. "They are being replaced with investment in complete power pump installations that remove the pain of using multiple tanks underneath the vehicle and emptying them. Installations really add productivity to the money earning business of vehicle depollution."