End-of-life vehicles (ELVs) generate significant amounts of waste in Malta every year, which need to be managed in an environmentally sound manner. To this end, S.L. 549.36 – the Waste Management (End of Life Vehicles) Regulations as published by Legal Notice 99 of 2004], brings into effect the provisions of Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of life vehicles, which introduces the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility in the management of ELVs.
In line with the ELV Directive, S.L. 549.36 (ELV Regulations) aims at minimising the environmental impacts of ELVs by means of better design of vehicles, increased waste prevention, reuse, recycling and recovery of materials, parts and components arising from dismantling and depollution of ELVs. It also aims at improving the environmental performance of all of the economic operators involved in the life cycle of vehicles and, especially, the operators directly involved in the treatment of ELVs.
In this respect, the ELV Regulations set ambitious reuse/recovery/recycling targets for ELVs and their components and require economic operators to set up new systems or use existing systems for their collection and achieve the said targets.
The ELV Regulations also push producers to place on the market vehicles not containing hazardous substances (i.e. lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium), so as to further promote the reuse, recyclability and recoverability of vehicles reaching end-of-life.
Furthermore, the ELV Regulations stipulates that owners and/or holders of ELVs shall transfer such vehicles to authorised treatment facilities [Click Here for the list of ATFs] at no cost and establish specific procedures for vehicle deregistration .
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