End of Life Vehicle Directive

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Disposing of your car isn’t just as simple as taking it to the local scrap-yard any more, largely because newer vehicles have many more hazardous materials in them than their predecessors.

To address this, the Government introduced the ‘End of Life Vehicle Regulations 2003’ - a European Directive to ensure the safe treatment and disposal of vehicles when they reach the end of their lives, and this was published to the EC Member States in September 2000. This Directive gave instructions to implement national regulations, which we need to let Peugeot owners know about, so you can get the right information on Peugeot car recycling.


These regulations cover information requirements, certificates of destruction requirements, and the restrictions surrounding the use of hazardous substances in new vehicles. These rules were followed by the ‘End of Life Vehicle Regulations 2005’, which cover recycling targets and free take-back for End of Life Vehicles (ELVs). More recently, the ‘Environmental Permitting (EP) Regulations 2010’ were also enforced. These contained provisions first introduced by the ‘EP Regulations 2007’ but extended the treatment requirements in the UK to all waste motor vehicles including coaches, buses, motorcycles and goods vehicles.


If you are the owner or keeper of a qualifying ELV, you can take your vehicle back to a treatment facility at no charge. Since January 2007, this includes all qualifying vehicles, regardless of when they were first registered.


Free take back, de-pollution and treatment of Peugeot vehicles is only guaranteed if the ELV is delivered into a treatment facility that is nominated by Peugeot Motor Company PLC, and that vehicle is complete. ‘Complete’ means with all essential components, in particular the engine, transmission, coachwork, catalytic converter and wheels, and has no other waste added to it.

To fulfil its obligations under the terms of these regulations, Peugeot Motor Company PLC has set up a contract with CarTakeBack.com(CTB), to guarantee that qualifying vehicles will be taken back from the last owner or keeper at no cost. The Peugeot network of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) meets the requirements for accessibility and capacity as laid down by the ‘End of Life (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005’ and has been operational since 1st January 2006. Where no ATF exists within the accessibility limits as laid down by Regulations, a collection service will be provided.


Find your nearest Peugeot CTB Authorised Treatment Facility.

Further information about the ELV Directive can be found on the DVLA and the Environment Agency site.