Memorandum by SimsMetal UK Ltd
THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE END OF LIFE VEHICLES
Simsmetal UK Limited is a subsidiary of Simsmetal
Limited, an Australian publicly listed company and one of the
world's largest metals recycling and industrial services groups.
Simsmetal UK is the second largest metals recycler in this country,
handling approximately two million tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous
metals, with a turnover of in excess of £100 million. The
Company employs over 500 people and operates eight shredding/fragmentation
plants across the Midlands, South Wales, South West and Home Counties.
Simsmetal UK is a member of the British Metals
Recycling Association ("BMRA") with representatives
on its Executive Committee and ELV Focus Group. These representatives
have been actively involved in the debate with Government, Motor
Manufacturers and other affected parties with regard to the implementation
of the End of Life Vehicle Directive.
The position of Simsmetal UK is entirely consistent
with that set out in the submission lodged by the BMRA on behalf
of its membership. To reinforce the thrust of that submission,
we would add the following points:
The existing metals recycling industry
infrastructure must be preserved as it presents the most cost
effective means of offering a practical entry point for natural
Any new system must ensure that it
does not result in a significant increase in the fly tipping of
ELVs (by either depriving the last owners of ELVs of an accessible
point of disposal or depriving metal recyclers or dismantlers
of any incentive to accept natural ELVs).
The UK shredding industry is a capital
intensive and high productivity sector, often operating from premises
with restricted space. It is not designed to cope with individual
vehicles. Any system must not have the effect of impeding the
ability of these operations to continue to function in this manner.
Chief Executive Simsmetal UK Limited
1 October 2001