SMMT launches new scheme to recycle cars and vans


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has partnered with recycling company Autogreen to launch a car and van recycling scheme.

With 95% of a car or van now required to be recycled under the End of Life Vehicles Directive, manufacturers will often provide a recycling service free of charge.


But sometimes motorists can face difficulties if a brand is no longer trading or has a parent company – these are known as ‘orphan vehicles’.

SMMT will work with Autogreen to take responsibility for these vehicles and provide a free recycling service.

Vehicles will be collected nationally, which will particularly benefit drivers in remote areas that do not have a local recycling point.  

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “This new partnership is further evidence of just how seriously UK vehicle manufacturers take their environmental responsibilities.

“The industry has a strong record, not just on recycling, but on emissions, energy and water usage reduction as a result of huge investments into innovative technologies, production processes and facilities.

“Thanks to this latest initiative, every motorist in Britain can now be assured that when their vehicle reaches the end of its life, it will be disposed of in a way that is not just ecologically sound, but cost-free – no mater where they live.”