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Manufacturers work ahead of end-of-life deadlines

Three more vehicle manufacturers have announced their End of Life Vehicle (ELV) network arrangements ahead of the January 1, 2006 deadline.

BMW, Suzuki and Toyota have all signed agreements with Northamptonshire-based disposal service provider, Autogreen.

BMW owners, including BMW Group produced Rolls-Royce and Mini brands, will benefit from a free take-back service from the beginning of next year. Suzuki and Toyota will offer the service from the beginning of 2007, the date from which manufacturers are legally bound to recycle qualifying end-of-life vehicles.

All three manufacturers say they embrace ELV recovery and recycling and encourage their owners to adopt a similar stance. Steve Nash, director of aftersales for BMW UK says: “In the UK, we view our Vehicle Recycling Network as a third and equally important network within our business after the vehicle sales and repair networks. I would encourage all owners of BMW Group vehicles to use the recycling network.”

More than 20 manufacturers have now signed with Autogreen, which has about 250 vehicle recycling points around the UK. These include DaimlerChrysler, Vauxhall, Porsche and Saab.

Chesterfield-based Cartakeback operates the UK’s other ELV disposal network and currently has about 200 sites. Owned by UK Shredders Ltd, a consortium of 11 private UK shredding companies, Cartakeback has agreements with 12 manufacturers, which include The Colt Car Company, Fiat, Ford, Peugeot Citroën and Volkswagen Group.

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