The Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles or ELV) Regulations 2006 came into effect on the 8th of June 2006 in an effort to make car manufacturers responsible for vehicles they put on the market. These vehicles pose a huge waste problem when they are no longer wanted or used. These ELV Regulations were brought in as part of a European Directive (2000/53/EC).
The Regulations require any car manufacturer in Ireland (subject to conditions) to set up a network of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) where people can bring their unwanted vehicles free of charge.
ATFs are obliged to take in vehicles free of charge. A small charge can be imposed if it is missing any essential components (i.e. wheels, engine, coachwork, catalytic converter) or has added waste. The ATF is then required to depollute (remove all hazardous materials) and dismantle the vehicle. A Certificate of Destruction is issued to the registered owner of the vehicle.
All Registered Owners of vehicles are now obliged to dispose of their vehicle through an ATF. You should only deal with a properly permitted authorised treatment facility when getting rid of your old vehicle as these are the only ones that can issue Certificates of Destruction. The ATF shall notify the Vehicle Registration Unit of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in Shannon, Co. Clare and the destruction of your vehicle will be noted in the records of the National Vehicle File. The only document you need to give the facility is the Vehicle Registration Certificate (RF101) or the log book for the car.