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No time to waste as recyclers sign new ELV deals

As the Government correlates responses to its End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive consultation, many vehicle manufacturers and local authorities are busy organising new contracts.

Poole-based Charles Trent has just announced it has signed a contract with BMW (GB) to freely take back and recycle end-of-life BMW and Mini vehicles made from 2002. Meanwhile, Bedford-based Universal Salvage signed two abandoned vehicle contracts with local authorities in Luton and Hertfordshire.

Although vehicle manufacturers do not have to establish networks of authorised treatment facilities (ATFs) until next year, Charles Trent environmental business manager Dr Charles Ambrose believes that working with BMW on a related contract held the company in good stead for future contracts.

Managing director Marc Trent said the new contract reiterated the recyclers nationwide network development, an important feature for future ATF network contracts. We already have full facilities in London, Kent and Poole, and by the end of this year well also have a presence in Essex, Nottinghamshire and Teeside. And thats just the start. Were still looking for a couple of other sites around London and in the Midlands at the moment.



Councils

Local authorities are also realising the value of contracting with vehicle recyclers to deal with abandoned vehicles.

Universal Vehicle Services won ELV contracts with Luton Borough Council and the Hertfordshire Consortium this week.

Universal environmental services director Ian Gaskin said: Many local authorities have been cautious about appointing contractors because of the headache involved with employing a different company for each stage of the process. At Universal, we have the infrastructure, skills, experience and approved permit to handle every stage.

Under Government funding conditions, Luton Borough Council must remove abandoned vehicles with economic value within 48 hours, while those with no economic value within 24 hours. These targets have been exceeded, with all vehicles picked up within 24 hours.

Luton Borough Council enforcement manager John Maddox said: We were looking for a company that complies with the ELV Directive and can reliably cover each stage of the process. Universal can lift the vehicles within the agreed collection times and they can store and dispose of the vehicles when instructed.

In addition to the five-year contract awarded last month, Universal will also work with the council to remove untaxed vehicles. After the devolvement of power from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority to the council in October 2003, more than 400 untaxed vehicles have been removed. Not only has the service removed an eyesore from the roads, it has also generated a £5,000 profit.

It could also have helped reduce vehicle fires. Statistics from the Luton Fire Service show that between October 2002 and March 2003 it attended 242 vehicle fires, compared with 153 for the same period in 2003/4. u

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