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Sims invites independent ATFs into new network

Independent Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) that have not signed contracts with car manufacturers are being invited by Sims Group to join a network of depollution facilities.

Sims is guaranteeing to assist those facilities that join in meeting vehicle recycling targets more easily and cost effectively.

The End-of-Life Vehicles regulations makes manufacturers and un-contracted ATFs responsible for achieving a reuse, recycling and recovery target of 85%, by weight, by 2006. This increases to 95% by 2015.

Sims is working on a trial for the Department of Trade and Industry to find out the average metal content of cars and light vans. It anticipates that this will be about 75% and that it will not be possible to meet the 85% level required from depollution alone.

The company intends to provide an independent package of support to ATFs by providing certificates of recycling to help bridge the gap to the 85% target.

Sims managing director Tom Bird said: "Sims has made a considerable investment in post shredder technologies to recover polymers and other non-metallics from End-of-Life Vehicles cost effectively. We are confident of achieving significant recovery rates, helping our customer achieve their obligations."

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