DG Environment (Mrs. Artemis Hatzi-Hull), together with Eurostat (E-stat, the statistical organisation from the EC) had called for the working group to meet again to discuss the method to obtain the material composition of ELV’s with shredder campaigns. In the end of the meeting, she also asked for our attention about Persistant Organic Pollutants (POP’s) and we had the chance to talk about the Waste frame Directive with her. We also met the new ACEA representative Peter Kunze, successor of Roman Meininghaus.

Present were also ACEA, representatives from various Ministries (Poland, The Netherlands, Denmark, France Italy, Ireland, Germany, Spain, UK) ARN and shredders

The meeting started with a presentation from Sogety, hired by Estat to set up a strategy for the material determination. In short: this method focussed above proportional on statistics only to determine how many shredders should be involved and the man from Sogety turned out to have never visited a shredder or was aware of any numbers. His whole method was considered a totally irrelevant by all present. But it had the result that Estat got her conditions for a good determination out of the meeting instantly. They now know that they need to focus on things like state of technology, numbers of shredders in a country (no complex statistics necessary), horsepower of the installation, legislation, composition of the average ELV’s, comparison of the shredders in a trail and the other shredders, etc. In other words, conditions that do have influence on the outcome.

On the composition of the ELV’s was also some discussion. The meeting explained that it was not realistic to do a shredder trail for each type that may end in the shredder as an ELV. It’s an extraordinary lot of work, and a shredder just can’t shred one car at a time to see how it comes out of a shredder. It just should be a serious amount of cars and the cars should be representative for a countries ELV current.

EGARA feels it was a fruitful meeting and the EC now has useful info from the first hand instead of a non-functioning method.

Mrs. Hatzi-Hull asked attention for POP’s. It seems POP’s are used for flame retarders in car upholstery.  POP’s in the waste fase need to be incinerated and should not end in the shredder residue. Incinerating POP’s would also mean the upholstery cannot be recycled and is of negative influence on the rates, even if it’s only a few percent. So far it seems mainly a problem for the car producers. If there’s more news, we will inform our members about it.

About the Waste frame Directive, Artemis was very short: It’s now even more clear that parts, taken from ELV’s, are parts, not waste. Of course, the parts need to be in functioning condition and properly removed. As long as they are on the ELV, it’s waste and the whole ELV needs to be treated as waste. But parts are parts, regardless their origin. This is important to follow in national legislation for the EGARA members in whom’s countries legislation is being formed and developed.

Last thing is that Peter Kunze was present for the first time. Peter will be the main ACEA contact for EGARA for the next few years. We will meet him soon