Following the introduction of the European Union Vehicle De-Pollution directive on the 16th July 2004, vehicles offered for destruction must be handled in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Ward Recycling are a registered Vehicle De-Pollution Centre and have developed a 10-step process for the correct disposal of vehicles to ensure that you comply with your responsibility with both environmental and vehicle legislation.
More about vehicle de-pollution
The recycling of vehicle plastics, fabrics, leathers, and glass is currently under review by the European Union.
The advanced security systems operated by Ward Recycling enable the controlled destruction of prototype and test vehicles, HM Customs and Excise and MIRA being two of our customers who regularly make use of this service.
With an estimated average service life of just 10 years, an incredible 4 million vehicles are disposed of in the United Kingdom every single year.
Most are disposed of properly through vehicle recyclers but a small minority continue to dump end of life vehicles illegally, often in environmentally sensitive areas.
To help combat the unsightly and anti-social menace of vehicle dumping, tough new laws have been introduced by the DVLA regarding vehicle ownership.
If a vehicle does not have a valid license disc it must be declared SORN (Statuary Off Road Notification) and subsequently removed from the public highway. Vehicles used on the public highway without a valid license disc are likely to be impounded with a substantial fine imposed and sum payable for the release of the vehicle. If the vehicle is to be disposed of it must be taken to a vehicle recyclers and the DVLA notified of it's destruction. Failure to adhere to this procedure will result in the registered owner of the vehicle continuing to be responsible for the license fee and a minimum fine of £1000. The maximum penalty for making a false declaration by declaring SORN when the vehicle is actually used or kept on a public road is £5000 and two years imprisonment.