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Thursday, 1 April 2010

How clean is the operation?

Over many years of working in the salvage industry I have seen a discernable increase in the environmental standards of the sites that I visit.

I visited a yard last week in the UK that took me back 6-8 years, the storage area was ankle deep in mud, vehicles were being stripped in the open, and the working area was covered in oil, mud and other vehicle fluids. Vehicles stored had obviously not been de-polluted, still had wheels and tyres on and fluids were visibly leaking.

This yard is licensed by the Environment Agency, and is also registered with their local council, yet they still continue to operate whilst appearing to ignore many of the standards set by End of life Vehicle Regulations.

The UK salvage industry needs to work very closely with the various government departments and agencies to raise professional standards and increase the public perception of the industry. Yards like the one detailed above bring the industry into disrepute, and must be encouraged to improve within a defined timescale otherwise their licences need to be revoked.

I am very fortunate; my role takes me to many yards all over the world, with some of the best being in Germany and Holland. Most of these have got there through rigorous enforcement and in some cases grants from local and national government. They set the standard that the salvage industry worldwide needs to aim for, and this includes how they work with their environment agencies locally and nationally.

We need to get over the ‘them and us’ attitude that I see too often from many UK yard owners and managers when they talk about the various environment agencies they deal with, we need to have a collective effort from all salvage professionals to continually increase standards, and a passion to help others in the industry improve. This can only be completed by the industry coming together, putting aside the differences that many have to enable progress.
As the UK moves towards a General Election, what do the various political parties say about this, what questions should we be asking the local candidates and what should the party leaders be asked?
I have my own ideas about the questions that need to be asked, what about yourselves, comment on this blog and add your own questions, and I will collate them and put to the various parties on your behalf.

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