The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) produces national statistics on waste generation and management to meet legislative reporting obligations and inform policy.

This release reports information on the reuse, recycling and recovery of Irish End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) in 2014, the most recent reference year reported to the European Commission.[1] ELVs are cars accommodating up to eight passengers plus driver and commercial vehicles no greater than 3.5 tonnes that have reached end of life.

Key points

  • Approximately 87,000 ELVs were treated, 6% fewer than in 2013.
  • Ireland met the ELV Directive targets, with 82% reuse and recycling and 91% reuse and recovery [2].
  • Higher targets came into effect in January 2015. Ireland is at risk of missing the targets based on current treatment of ELVs (Figure 1). Significant efforts will need to be taken to increase reuse and recycling (in particular of plastics and glass) and/or increase post-shredding recovery.

1 The deadline for reporting reference year 2015 information to the Commission is 30 June 2017.
2 Based on ELVs accepted at waste facilities for treatment.

Figure 1. ELV reuse, recovery and recycling percentage from 2009 – 2014 compared to ELV Directive targets.

View End-of-Life Vehicle Statistics for Ireland 2014

ELV 2014 data release excel 

Source: EPA