My Department has engaged with the Society of the Irish Motor Industry – SIMI – the Irish Motor Vehicle Recyclers Association – IMVRA – the Metal Merchants Association of Ireland – MMAI – and other concerned parties with a view to the development of a producer responsibility initiative in relation to end-of-life vehicles – ELVs. It is intended that such an initiative would, in particular, take account of Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and the Council on end-of-life vehicles. This directive entered into force on 21 October 2000, and member states must implement its requirements by April 2002.
The directive incorporates a number of significant proposals, including measures aimed at ensuring that relevant economic operators establish collection systems for all ELVs at no cost to the final holder, ensuring that all collected ELVs are dismantled and recovered in a manner which does not cause environmental pollution, preventing waste from vehicles, increasing the recovery and recycling rates of ELVs and their components, and minimising the use of hazardous materials-substances in vehicles.
On the invitation of my Department, and in anticipation of the adoption of the Directive, an initial proposal for an ELV management system for Ireland was submitted by SIMI in December 1999. Following the formal adoption of the directive in October 2000 and consultation with other interested parties including IMVRA, MMAI, relevant Departments and State agencies, my Department responded to the initial SIMI proposal in November 2000. With a view to progressing the development of a practicable industry-led scheme, my Department convened an initial joint meeting of all relevant stakeholders earlier this month. The relevant stakeholders have been requested to submit a joint proposal for a practicable ELV management scheme as soon as possible. It is my objective to secure agreement on an acceptable vehicle recovery scheme, and to give effect to Directive 2000/53/EC, at an early date.