Tuesday, 9 November 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
375. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans for the separation and recycling of motor car parts and materials; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27797/04]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche): European Parliament and Council Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, ELVs, incorporates measures aimed at ensuring that ELVs can be deposited free of charge by their final owners at authorised treatment facilities and then dismantled, treated and recovered in an environmentally sound manner, and meeting new recovery and recycling targets, by average weight per vehicle, of 85% reuse-recovery by 2006, to include 80% materials recycling, and 95% reuse-recovery by 2015, to include 85% materials recycling. Article 6.3(c) of the directive specifically requires that the ELV stripping operations undertaken at authorised treatment facilities shall be carried out in such a way as to ensure the suitability of vehicle components for reuse and recovery, and in particular for recycling.
Enabling provisions to facilitate implementation of the directive were incorporated in the Protection of the Environment Act 2003. It is intended to make regulations as soon as possible fully transposing the directive provisions and facilitating its full implementation in 2005.
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