Why End of Life vehicles needs to be addressed

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Last year, more than 796,970 vehicles were sent to landfill, according to the VACC.

To put that in perspective, this is enough vehicles to cover an area of almost 8 million square metres, or fill a football stadium 445 times.

It is estimated that by the end of this year, almost 1 million End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) will be sent to landfill.

Currently, Australia does not have a national policy that deals with End of Life Vehicles, leaving the actions of Automotive Dismantling and Recycling businesses vulnerable to environmental breaches and backyard operations until one is implemented.

Sending vehicles straight to landfill remains a concern as vehicles contain many products that can take hundreds, if not thousands of years to breakdown.

It will be critical for the Federal Government to implement a responsible and viable ELV policy for the automotive industry that supports legitimate dismantling and recycling businesses.