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Recycling of bangers should always be free, says scrap dealer

End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) can be collected and recycled free-of-charge, according to a Leeds-based scrap merchant.

Babington Car Spares partner Leon Parrish said: "We have never charged, and with scrap prices as high as they are, how could we?"

Parrish said that one recent customer, before using Babington, was quoted £25 for collection and £25 for the cost of depollution.

He added: "The people who come to breakers aren't millionaires and it's not right to charge single mums and pensioners when we can make so much from recycling the vehicles."

Babington Car Spares' yard in Cross Green, Leeds depollutes up to 50 ELVs per day and is awaiting Environment Agency approval to increase this to 100 per day.

Parrish was full of praise for the ELV directive.

He said: "It's brilliant. It's so easy to do our job now, as all the equipment we had to buy does our job for us. We knew it was coming and we concreted ours nine years ago. All of the companies that have gone to the wall just needed to be more forward thinking and realise the opportunities from depolluting."

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