The old breakers’ yards, going for a long time, are soon to disappear. The future is now in recycling components from these vehicles and all as a consequence of a new Directive approved by the European Union. The new law came into being in the Spanish State in December 2002. From February of this year the Royal Decree for the Direction General of Traffic obliges owners of vehicles to obtain a certificate of destruction in order to be legally free of contractual ownership of the vehicle. Here, in the Basque Country, the Sestao-based Car Recycling company is the first of its kind.
The new European Union-approved Directive on non-useable vehicles prohibits forthwith the leaving of vehicles without them having previously undergone special. It is prohibited to accumulate vehicles in any place and, before breaking them up for scrap metal, any contaminant parts, liquids and gases have to be removed.
The European body has proposed the goal of recycling 85 % of vehicle components and converting 5 % into energy by the year 2006. In most European scrap yards, cars are piled up in fields with no kind of care or control. With this new legislation the idea is to avoid contamination of the Earth and the environment but also to make savings on raw materials and energy.
Nerea Pikabea | Basque research
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