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ELV Directive not homogeneous.

June 7, 2004

 

The BIR Shredder Committee meeting, held during the spring BIR meeting, learned that implementation of the European Union’s End of-Life Vehicles Directive was ‘not homogeneous’.

 

Timetables and targets differed, some systems were funded whereas others were not, and variations existed between technical requirements, according to BIR’s Environmental & Technical Director Ross Bartley. From countries where national ELV legislation was in place, there had been complaints about lack of enforcement and about the data gathering burden, he said in his report on the recent activities of the European Shredder Group.

 

Chairing the meeting, Anthony Bird OBE of the UK-based Bird Group of Companies said that the shredder industry was ‘very concerned’ about the ELV legislation and argued that the producer should be responsible for the estimated Pounds 150 (approximately US $275) cost of depolluting each vehicle. He identified the ‘tremendous pressure’ placed on the recycling industry by the automotive sector to ‘do this work for nothing’.

 

Bird reported a world shredder population of around 756 compared to slightly more than 700 in 2000.

 

Bird also spoke of the ‘urgent’ need for BIR to collate details of the locations of specialized shredders for processing ‘brown’ and ‘gray’ goods in order to ‘promote these new processes and processors to governments’.

 

Peter Schmöle, Manager of Crude Iron Production at ThyssenKrupp Stahl AG in Germany, was the guest speaker at the Shredder Committee meeting. He discussed some of the issues surrounding use of automotive shredder residues as a reducing agent in blast furnaces. He suggested that a blast furnace could consume up to 60,000 metric tons a year of processed ASR.

 

“Processed residues can be recycled in a way that makes sense both from an ecological and an economic point of view,” he concluded.

 

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