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Vehicles: Disposal

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the purpose and utility of the retrospective consignment note required by the Environment Agency from the operator of an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) when the ATF conveys each end of life vehicle to a shredder operator; and whether there are any fees associated with that requirement. [HL596]

Most movements of hazardous waste in England and Wales require a hazardous waste consignment note. This provides information about the waste and is part of the tracking system that is intended to ensure that hazardous waste is transported by appropriate carriers and ends up at suitable facilities. Undepolluted end-of life vehicles are classified as hazardous waste. The consignment note template can be downloaded from the Environment Agency's website free of charge. Sites that receive consigned hazardous waste must submit a quarterly return to the Environment Agency and pay a fee according to the number of consignments received. The fees received in this way finance the necessary control systems for hazardous waste in England and Wales.

Depolluted end-of-life vehicles are not classified as hazardous waste and a consignment note would not be required when transporting them between an authorised treatment facility and a shredder operator.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the number of vehicles disposed of using a scrap metal shredding machine rather than first being depolluted at an Authorised Treatment Facility. [HL597]

It is an offence under the End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 to dispose of an end-of-life vehicle through a scrap metal shredding machine without that vehicle having been depolluted at an authorised treatment facility (ATF). All shredder sites and ATFs are subject to Environment Agency inspection and enforcement regimes.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the number of sites with a scrap metal shredding machine which is not co-located with or immediately adjacent to an authorised treatment facility. [HL598]

Scrap metal shredding machines operate on 38 sites in the UK, and all but four are located on or adjacent to authorised treatment facilities.