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EMR set up vehicle recycling network

A third of all authorised vehicle treatment (ATF) facilities have joined a national vehicle recycling network founded by European Metal Recycling (EMR).

While the alliance has been formed to represent the collective interests of its 300 plus members, the network has decided to remain un-contracted to individual motor manufacturers at this time.

EMR managing director Colin Iles said: “As the largest player in this industry, we are working to provide practical tools and support to help our suppliers remain competitive and achieve compliance in what will be a major challenge for many operators.”

Under new regulations, all ATF’s, whether contracted or not, are required to meet a recycling target of 85% from January 2006. Recent government trials have shown the overall industry recycling rate to be around 75%.

While it is widely accepted that normal commercial factors will continue to determine the flow of vehicles, obligations for individual companies to meet recycling targets are expected to be a concern in the longer term.

Iles added: “There are only benefits to be gained from joining our network. We are using our post-shredder recycling expertise to move towards the 85% target and our bargaining strength to secure exclusive deals for the collective benefit of our suppliers.”

The alliance covers the whole of mainland Britain, recycling and de-polluting around one million vehicles a year, with EMR investing heavily in the recovery of non-metallic materials through its nine shredders and the largest dense media separation facility in Europe.

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