Toxic motor fluids, equivalent to the contents of a small oil tanker, leak into the environment each year, according to recycleyourcar.co.uk. This pollution comes from vehicles that are scrapped at unauthorised treatment facilities or illegally dumped.
From annual figures Recycleyourcar.co.uk, a network of authorised treatment facilities, estimated that each year, two million vehicles come to the end of their useful life, each containing 22 litres of hazardous waste products. It said that less than half that number is recorded as properly recycled.
The network also said that that less than half of drivers obtain the correct paperwork, called a Certificate of Destruction, when they scrap their car.
Recycleyourcar.co.uk spokesman Simon Palmer said: I believe a number of drivers are unaware they need to ensure their vehicles go through the correct depollution procedures in order to prevent creating an opportunity for chemicals to seep out into the environment, causing lasting damage to the eco-system, their local water supply and wildlife. Disposing of a car really is a simple process and it will not take much to put an end to the environmental damage we are doing.
Image: A car undergoing the depollution process.