It should be borne in mind that there are a multitude of parts that go into making an automobile and many of them are not particularly environmentally friendly. There are certain rules and regulations that govern the disposal of hazardous materials such as oil and brake fluids to prevent people dumping them in the normal way they would get rid of household waste. The Environment Agency treats the disposal of hazardous waste materials very seriously.
All junk vehicles in the UK must be issued with a destruction certificate by a licensed firm that holds an ATF permit. ATF stands for Authorised Treatment Facility. This will offer you reassurance that dangerous and hazardous materials from your car will not be dumped somewhere illegally, potentially leading to environmental and health issues and prosecution for those who break the rules.These regulations were put in place to encourage scrap yard dealers to take a more environmentally-conscious approach to the scrapping of vehicles.
Thus an ATF is expected to invest in sealed drainage systems, buildings and other equipment that will facilitate the safe disposal of hazardous materials that are present in autos and other vehicles. Failing to take the appropriate steps to safeguard the environment could lead to a vehicle breaker being taken to court.
However, there are still those who prefer to operate outside the law and so it is important for you to be vigilant when choosing where to have your old banger scrapped.If you decide not to use an ATF, your old vehicle could end up being disposed of in an environmentally-harmful way. If you do not have the appropriate documentation to prove your your old automobile was destroyed properly, you could find yourself in trouble. An ATF is obliged to strip your junk vehicle of hazardous materials that include oil, batteries and tyres before processing the metal frame and recycling it. There is an expectation that as much of the vehicle will be recycled as possible, as opposed to ending up as landfill and further contributing to society's waste problem.By choosing an ATF to dispose of their unwanted vehicle people can be rest assured that their old auto will be dealt with in such a way as to ensure that there will be no health risks caused by polluting water supplies or contaminating the countryside and affecting wild life. Also they can be confident that they will be free from any risks of prosecution as a result of dealing with an unlicensed vehicle breaker.
When your scrap vehicle is collected by an ATF you will be issued with appropriate documents proving that you have disposed of your car responsibly. This will give you the satisfaction knowing you do not need to be concerned about your legal liability when parts of your auto turn up somewhere they should not be. It is therefore essential to locate an ATF where you can have your old banger scrapped safely and legitimately.
Most legitimate firms will not only collect your old banger free of charge, they will usually pay you the full scrapped metal value for the privilege. Another important point to remember is that the DVLA will also be informed that your vehicle has been destroyed and is no longer yours. This means you do not need to worry about any traffic violations arriving through your letter box due to some rogue dealer putting your junked automobile back on the road.