Land Rover has established a comprehensive plan to meet End of Life Vehicle (ELV) legislation within the European Union.

    The ELV directive requires motor vehicle manufacturers and importers to take back vehicles (regardless of the date of a vehicle´s first registration) that they put on the market at the end of their life, ensuring that they are treated in an environmentally responsible manner.

    The end of life vehicle regulations

    • ´Takeback´ is free of charge to the last registered holder or keeper and applies to all passenger vehicles with up to nine seats and up to a permissible total weight of 3.5 tonnes.
    • Vehicles must be delivered to a manufacturer's appointed free takeback facility.
    • The vehicle must be complete, containing the essential components of the vehicle including engine, transmission, coachwork, wheels and catalyst (where fitted).
    • The vehicle must be free from additional waste (such as garden/household waste, additional tyres etc).
    • The owner will be required to prove that they have the right to dispose of the vehicle before a certificate of destruction is issued.

    All the contracted sites are fully licensed by the Environment Agency as authorised treatment facilities. They also meet additional Land Rover professional quality standards for the receipt, treatment and recovery of end of life vehicles and have been appointed with immediate effect.


    As part of our environmental commitment, we have developed a complete vehicle-recycling programme, encompassing design-for-recycling guidelines, increased use of recycled material, and reducing hazardous materials.

    The End of Life Vehicle Regulations require that all car manufacturers and importers of new cars in the European Union meet recycling and recovery targets of 85% by weight in 2006 and 95% by weight in 2015.

    Environmental responsibility is a major part of the business philosophy of Land Rover, as it is one of our core brand values. The end of the life of the car is also considered; the treatment of old vehicles and the recycling of the materials from them. Re-use and re-utilisation of materials have priority before disposal and, where economically possible re-integrated into the product. Land Rovers are now designed to be at least 85% recyclable.

    In current Land Rover models, 63 different parts are made from recycled plastic with a total weight of 27 kilograms. In 2004 this resulted in 660 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill. More importantly, the material used in Land Rover vehicles can be fed back into the material cycle again and be re-used for further manufacture of new automotive components or for non-automotive purposes.

    All Land Rover vehicles can be given back by their owners to Land Rover Ireland´s Authorised Treatment Centres free of charge as long as they fulfil the following conditions:

    • The vehicle has up to 9 seats or is a Light Commercial Van upto 3.5 tonnes.
    • The vehicle was finally registered in Ireland.
    • Essential parts or components are not missing.
    • The vehicle doesn´t contain any non-automotive waste.
    • The original vehicle papers have been handed over together with the vehicle.

    Hand back your end of life vehicle to our Authorised Treatment Centres and they will give you a Certificate of Destruction (CoD), the paperwork you need to de-register your car. Now you can leave safe in the knowledge that your old car will be disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way.


    When a vehicle is presented to a Land Rover-approved treatment centre it will be professionally de-polluted. This involves:

    • The draining of all fluids
    • The removal of the battery and tyres
    • The neutralisation or removal of the airbag systems

    Any saleable parts will be removed and sold. Further treatment of the vehicle will take place at a shredding facility where the vehicle is crushed and separation techniques used to recover metallics for recycling into new ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

    The remaining material, known as shredder residue, can be further treated to retrieve any lost metallic and non-metallic material. The remaining residue can be further sorted and used in a number of applications. For example, glass that is recovered can be used as an aggregate for road building and road surfaces.

    Once these processes have been completed, only then will the remaining residue be sent to landfill.


    Land Rover uses an experimental disassembly facility where vehicles are disassembled and examined to find easier ways to dismantle vehicles at the end of their life.

    The information from these disassembly studies of current and older Land Rover models is input into the International Disassembly Information System (IDIS), which vehicle manufacturers have developed together as the source of information to enable efficient disassembly. IDIS now contains disassembly information on over 300 vehicle models from 24 manufacturers.

    Visit the IDIS website

    Ballysimon, Limerick