Warning over EU scrap car recycling rules

Half of vehicles not reaching certified facilities, 2015 recycling target unattainable, claims stakeholder report

The EU end-of-life vehicles (ELV) directive is "largely failing" in its environmental objectives, according to a report to the European commission drafted by a stakeholder group. It also warns that a higher recycling target due to enter force in 2015 is unachievable and calls for it to be relaxed.

Published this month, the report was drawn up as input to a review of the 2015 recovery and recycling targets required under the directive by the end of this year. Representatives of waste management companies, car manufacturers, member states and NGOs were included in the stakeholder group responsible.

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