Friday, 29 January 2016


On 1st April (no, that is not a joke!) there will be some important changes to the way hazardous waste is regulated.

This relates to annual registrations, consignment notes & to SIC codes.

MVDA members will today have received an explanatory e-bulletin.

A FAQs document about these changes will also be enclosed with the next magazine (which should be with you within the next week or so)



The EA is preparing an ELV compliance campaign in England starting in April 2016. The focus of this will be:

  • the depollution process;

  • the storage of wastes produced by the depollution process;

  • fire prevention;

  • hazardous waste consignment notes,  consignee returns and record keeping;

  • technical competence; &


Failure to fully depollute vehicles can have serious environmental impacts. If vehicles are not depolluted fully & correctly there is the potential to cause pollution & there is an increased risk of fire. Fires are one of the biggest causes of incidents in the metals recycling sector & can be devastating for business.

Undepolluted or partially depolluted vehicles processed in metal shredders increase the risk of explosion, fire & contaminate shredder residues. This is a big cause of incidents & complaints at shredder sites. 

The depollution focus is seeking to ensure standards are consistent across sites & to develop guidance & training for EA staff to ensure they regulate sites consistently.


The EA is running a small pilot study from January to March 2016 in the Hertfordshire & North London Area. Officers have received refresher training on the depollution process & will be testing the guidance & forms to identify information gaps & issues with the forms.

The main campaign will begin shortly afterwards  & the EA is currently prioritising sites using hazardous waste consignee returns, waste returns and other data such as Certificate of Destruction data.  Training on the depollution process will be offered to all officers.


The EA is also currently running a pilot project looking into allegations of unpermitted sites breaking vehicles & selling parts on eBay. This pilot is initially looking at a specific location & the evidence & data gathered from this pilot will drive future work & investigations.


In addition to the guidance currently available the EA will be producing quick guides & information sheets for their staff which we will be sharing with MVDA for information and comment.

Thursday, 21 January 2016


We have this morning received from Indy Singh the funeral arrangements for his father Joe Singh / Jaswant Singh.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 27th January.

The times are as follows:


Open casket

Gurudwara Grays  (Grays Sikh Temple)

Maidstone Road


RM17 6NF


South Essex Crematorium

Corbets Tey Road



RM14 2UY


Forget Me Not

19 Lodge Lane



RM17 5RY

01375 374155

Any monetary donations will be given to the Sikh temple.

Indy can be contacted on (01708) 86 88 88

Saturday, 16 January 2016


From April 2016 waste oil burners will be subject to stringent new legislation.
The Government has decided that the emissions from these units is such that they need to be included in the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).
This will bring England & Wales into line with Scotland.
The application cost alone is about £3,000 with annual subsistence costs of at least £500.
But more significantly there is a legal requirement to have continuous stack emission monitoring, and twice yearly emissions checks.
This is expected to all but decimate the use of waste oil burners; in Scotland, where this measure has been in place for some time, there are no longer any waste oil burners operating.
MVDA members will receive a more detailed e-bulletin in the next few weeks.


The Lancashire Telegraph is reporting that a huge police operation with over 100 police officers investigating the theft of motor vehicles to be broken into parts has seen two scrap yards raided and 8 people arrested.

Teams of officers attended the premises of Tom Smith Commercials in Meadow Street, Great Harwood and another breakers yard in Blackwood Road, Stacksteads.

In a joint operation, West Yorkshire and Lancashire officers made a number of arrests and seized a vast amount of vehicle components. Officers from both forces executed warrants at the Great Harwood and Stacksteads premises suspected of being involved in the theft of motor vehicles from across the north of England.

Police said the two sites were identified as being potential locations for stolen vehicles to be taken to then broken up into component parts and sold on.

At 1pm yesterday around eight police vehicles, including a crime scene investigation van and a video van, were at the Great Harwood premises, which consist of a scrapyard, stables and a detached house. Contractors' vehicles could be seen at the premises loading vans on to low loaders.

West Yorkshire Police said they had traced vehicles stolen from Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield to Lancashire as part of their intelligence gathering. Specialist officers from both forces were conducting extensive searches of the sites resulting in the seizure of a huge number of nearly new vehicle engines, doors, vehicle panels and other parts, suspected of being from stolen vehicles. The intricacies of accurately identifying vehicle components and attributing them to stolen vehicles is now to be carried out by specialist police vehicle examiners.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire police said: "There has been a continuing trend of keyless vehicle thefts since 2010, with 478 Ford Transit vans being reported stolen between January 1, 2015 and December 11, 2015 across the Yorkshire and Humber region alone, with an estimated value in excess of £7.5m. The Ford Transit vans is the most stolen vehicle across the UK."

Police claimed that it was "a well organised, systematic and efficient process to deconstruct vehicles, categorise them and move them on for sale." Chief Superintendent Pat Casserly of West Yorkshire Police Protective Services Operations said: "The scale and organisation of the sites have been quite remarkable. Operations like the this demonstrate our ongoing commitment to tackling this issue. Whilst collectively these incidents result in high value crime, we must remember that each theft has very human consequences. These types of vehicles are often owned and utilised by small businesses and for some, the theft of a vehicle can result in the loss of contracts and future work.”

"Criminals often have the misconception that travelling across county boarders makes their crimes more difficult to detect and investigate. Whilst this can provide challenges to investigators, it by no means prevents officers dedicating themselves to locating those who commit offences, investigating their crimes and bringing them to justice."
A 53-year-old man, 38-year-old man, 32-year-old woman, 30-year-old man, and 29-year-old woman, all from the Great Harwood and Blackburn areas, and a 50-year-old man and 45-year-old man from Bacup, have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft, handling stolen goods and money laundering. A 38-year-old man from Bradford has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft of motor vehicles.


The 16th International Automobile Recycling Congress will take place on March 16-18th 2016 at the Hotel Palace in Berlin.

Featuring this year will be Oliver Scholz, CEO of Scholz Holding GmbH (, a large German company with interests in ELV recycling. He will be talking about the export, illegal & otherwise, of ELVs.

As part of the event site visits have also been arranged to the VW assembly plant in Wolfsburg & to Call Parts (

The congress will focus on:

·         The role of different stakeholders in the ELV recycling chain

·         Circular economy & resource efficiency

·         Life cycle and sustainability aspects of car recycling

·         Best available recycling technologies

·         How can car manufacturers and the dismantling industry close the recycling loop?

·         How to stop illegal export of ELV's

·         Can illegal treatment and exports of ELVs be countered by deregistration and implementation of a Certificate of Destruction?

·         Next generation recycling processes and equipment

·         Report on actions by global car manufacturers on how to facilitate achieving recycling goals

·         Recycling capabilities of new and emerging technologies

·         Update on new laws and regulations

A large exhibition area is integrated into the conference facilities.

Toyota is offering test drives with their fuel cell vehicle “Mirai” exclusively for the participants of IARC 2016.

The basic price for the event currently starts at Eu1590+VAT for attendees, excluding hotel room costs & the functions/ events. There are various discounts for students etc.

More information can be found here:

Friday, 15 January 2016


It is with great regret that I have to tell MVDA members the sad news that Jo Singh of M&J Autos in Thurrock (Essex) has passed away.  He had been poorly for some time.

Jo was a real gentleman & great company. There are too few of his ilk left in our industry today & he will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

We will let you know about the funeral arrangements in due course.


FAB RECYCLING ( has successfully retained its ISO14001 environmental accreditation, passing a recent BSI inspection with flying colours with a resounding 100% positive conformity. Receiving a solid stamp of approval for the third year in succession, proves again how committed everybody is to getting things right at FAB.
Combine the ISO14001 with the fact that FAB have been Carbon neutral since 2009 (offsetting its carbon through Carbon Footprint), along with its green parts grading initiative being pioneered through its Mygreenfleet scheme sets FAB Recycling as an industry leader.
Supplying top quality graded green parts direct to its fleet and bodyshop customer’s on a daily basis; being carbon neutral and ISO 14001 accredited puts the extra icing on top of the environmentally friendly “green” cake.

Monday, 11 January 2016


The Environment Agency is updating its guidance on Fire Prevention Plans and would welcome your views on the principles of the updated guidance. 

The consultation on the guidance can be accessed at:   

The EA is using the consultation document to:

·         explain the principles behind the standards they have set
·         detail the standards they are proposing to retain
·         explain the standards they propose to amend

The consultation runs until 4 March 2016.

The EA is seeking the views of trade bodies, regulators, organisations and the public who have an interest in the role of the EA in tackling waste fires.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016


On 13 July 2016, CARS Gala Dinner (brought to you by Hollander International) will take place in the Launchpad Suite overlooking Donington Park Race Circuit.

The CARS Gala Dinner offers a fantastic evening of socialising with industry peers. The fun and vibrant atmosphere creates the perfect opportunity to wine and dine clients and offers second to none networking opportunities with the industry’s biggest players.

With a full evening programme including food, drink and entertainment, join us to share in all that is good in the auto recycling and secondary materials industry. Like no other trade show, CARS facilitates your business growth and develops new opportunities. Make the most of your time at CARS and join us for what will be an excellent evening.


  • 19:00                     Drinks Reception
  • 19:45                     Call for Dinner
  • 20:00                     Welcome Address & Three Course Dinner
  • 22:00                     Entertainment & Industry Achievement Awards
  • Late                       DJ & Disco


  • Individual place: £75 +VAT
  • Table of 10: £700 +VAT

There are limited tickets available. To host a table at the formal evening do, or secure an individual place please follow the button below.


Tuesday, 5 January 2016


Over the Christmas period we received an anonymous report about an illegal vehicle dismantler in the Halifax (Yorkshire) area.  We did follow this up & have identified a number of potentially illegal dismantlers, details of which we will be forwarding to our contacts at the Environment Agency.

Also during the Christmas-New Year break we completed our review of the 475 or so U16 registered exemptions.  The results were as expected - almost 200 potentially illegal operators were identified.  We have already sent a draft report to the Environment Agency & will shortly be following this up.

As part of this review we also looked at dismantlers in the Birmingham area and after 15 or so site visits identified a number that seemed to be operating outside the law.  A separate report has been submitted to the EA.

This year we will be focusing particularly on identifying illegal dismantlers & scrap yards, so watch out for some new pages on our websites & further e-bulletins.