One of the biggest challenges the industry faces is meeting impending 2015 materials recovery targets for end of life vehicles (ELVs) of 95%. The industry is confident it can recover the majority of the 800,000 tonnes of residue left after shredding once recyclable materials have been removed – if it can be used to create thermal energy.
BMRA has been campaigning for some time to classify energy generated from shredder residue as ‘recovery’ rather than ‘disposal’. Without this agreement from Government, investment decisions for dedicated energy from waste (EfW) facilities remain on hold. It is a decision that is now urgent if there is to be sufficient capacity to meet challenging EU targets.
Ian Hetherington, director general of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA)