A sophisticated criminal cyber-attack has had a major impact on the way SEPA works. We are working through all the services that we provide to understand what we need to do in the short and longer term to restore services. We are approaching this work with a sense of urgency.
- Check the service status
- Approach to Delivery of Services Until June 2021
- Information about the cyber-attack
Service status update 15 April 2021: Permitting
What are we able to do now?
We are currently unable to receive, verify or determine applications for Waste Management Licences, Simple Waste Exemptions, Controlled Activities in the Water Environment, including registration of new private sewage systems, and PPC Part A & B.
The exceptions to this are:
What should you do now?
- Please do not submit any applications at this time and check regular updates.
- Contact us if you had submitted an application prior to 24 December 2020 and your authorisation is required urgently within the next three weeks.
Further information on how we are working with the waste sector at this time can be found at on our regulatory approach waste website
Next update: 23 April 2021
More than two million tonnes of waste is created each year as a result of discarded motor vehicles.
End-of-life vehicles have the potential to release hazardous substances into the environment if they are not treated, recycled or disposed of properly.
- What are end-of-life vehicles?
- How are they regulated?
- Do the regulations apply to me?
- What do I need to do?
- How do I apply for a licence?
- Contact us
An end-of-life vehicle (ELV) is any type of motor vehicle that is classed as waste. Waste is anything that you discard, intend to discard or are required to discard – including metal sent for recycling or reuse.
Our factsheet on ELVs explains in more detail the manner in which ELVs can harm the environment.
The End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive (2000/53/EC)was transposed through three different pieces of legislation in Scotland.
The keeping and treatment of waste motor vehicles is regulated by the End-of-Life Vehicles (Storage and Treatment) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 : comprehensive guidance is available on the standards for storage and treatment of ELVs.
The ELV Directive requires that the last owner of a vehicle must be able to dispose of their vehicles free of charge. Such vehicles are taken to sites known as authorised treatment facilities (ATFs), which prepare the vehicle for dismantling and recycling – a process called depollution.
ATFs – more commonly referred to as dismantlers, scrap yards, salvage yards or breakers yards – are sites that have been licensed to accept waste motor vehicles and are able to comply with the requirements of the ELV regulations. We maintain a register of all licensed ATFs.
ATFs issue CoDs to the vehicle’s owner: this is proof that the vehicle has been transferred, will be treated to the required standards before being destroyed and is no longer their responsibility.
If you intend to operate an ATF, you will need to apply to us for a licence.
Before anything else, you will need to obtain planning permission from your local authority.
You must also have a waste management licence (which we issue) and you must meet certain standards to ensure that you:
- store and treat ELVs in a way that does not harm the environment;
- depollute ELVs to a defined standard;
- recycle, store and dispose of the parts appropriately.
If, following an inspection which we will carry out, you meet all these standards, you will be classed as an ATF and given access to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s electronic CoD system.
You must also observe the duty of care – a piece of legislation that requires anyone who produces, transports, stores or treats waste to ensure that they do so without causing pollution. It specifically requires that waste (including ELVs) is only passed on to a person who is legally authorised to deal with it. Our guidance for ATF operators explains the duty of care in more detail.
We are not currently able to receive, verify or determine applications for Waste Management Licences. Please do not submit any applications at this time and check regular updates.
If you keep or treat ELVs without the appropriate licence, you are committing a criminal offence and may be prosecuted.
Furthermore, without a licence we will not be able to approve you as an ATF to keep or treat non-depolluted ELVs. This means that your site will not be recognised by the DVLA and you will not be able to access the CoD system or issue CoDs, which may endanger your business.
Contact us at sepa.org.uk/contact if your authorisation is required urgently within the next three weeks.
Our guide to waste management licensing explains the regulations and process in more detail.
If you require any further help or advice, please contact us.