Article 6 of European Parliament and Council Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) requires member states to ensure that any establishments undertaking the treatment and recovery of ELVs are authorised to do so, and that all such authorised treatment facilities must comply with detailed minimum requirements in relation to the environmentally sound treatment and recovery of ELVs as outlined in annexe 1 to the directive. Concerning the depollution of ELVs as part of the minimum treatment requirements, and with a view to ensuring that subsequent ELV shredder waste is not contaminated, paragraph 3 of annexe 1 specifically requires authorised treatment facilities to remove, separately collect and store all oils and fluids contained in the ELVs being treated — i.e. fuel, motor oil, transmission oil, gearbox oil, hydraulic oil, cooling liquids, antifreeze, brake fluids, air-conditioning system fluids and any other fluids unless they are necessary for the reuse of the parts concerned.
Necessary enabling provisions to facilitate implementation of the directive in Ireland have been incorporated in the Protection of the Environment Act 2003. Part VA of the Waste Management Act 1996, as inserted by section 44 of the Protection of the Environment Act 2003, provides that ELVs deposited at authorised treatment facilities shall be subject to appropriate treatment and recovery in line with the directive requirements. The detailed arrangements giving full effect to the appropriate treatment and recovery of ELVs in line with the directive requirements will be provided for in regulations.