The Spanish Association of Vehicle Scrapyards and Recycling Facilities (AEDRA), on June 27, at IFEMA's facilities at the Feria de Madrid, will hold the last in a series of seminars in different Spanish autonomous communities for the purpose of presenting the new developments brought about by approval of Royal Decree 20/2017 on environmental management of end-of-life vehicles which regulates the activity of Authorised Treatment Centres (CAT).
The AEDRA conference is part of the long-standing collaboration of this association (www.aedra.org) with IFEMA and the Recovery and Recycling Trade Fair (SRR), held biannually on odd-numbered years by the Institución Ferial Madrileña, at the Feria de Madrid. The next edition will be held between 13 and 15 June 2018 as part of the SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS FORUM (FSMS). The event encompasses the sixth edition of SRR, the 19th International Town Planning and Environment Trade Fair (TECMA), the 3rd Hygiene and Cleaning Trade Show (ESCLEAN), and the 3rd MADRID CITIES FORUM.
The Madrid seminar, which will include the collaboration and presence of other organisations like GANVAM and CONEPA, in addition to the three member organisations of SIGRAUTO (ANFAC, ANIACAM and FER), is aimed at informing and discussing one of the main new features of the aforementioned Royal Decree 20/2017, which was issued to address problems left unresolved by the previous regulation, from 2002: as soon as it came into force, on 23 January 2017, buying and selling used vehicle parts that have not passed through a CAT became illegal. Thus any part or component from a scrapped vehicle not removed and decontaminated by a CAT is considered illegal and would entail serious legal liabilities and penalties for users, garages and insurance companies. In the case of private individuals, they will no longer be able to buy and sell used parts and components among themselves. With respect to the final disposal of used tyres, the Royal Decree indicates two possibilities: recovering them in the component separation process for sale, or delivering them to waste managers specialising in tyres.
CATs are traditionally known as scrapyards and fulfil an important environmental function by managing the parts from end-of-life vehicles and contributing to an activity framed in the circular economy and in reuse of materials. These centres must meet a series of requirements and technical standards established in European regulations in order to be authorised by the corresponding environmental bodies of the administrations of the Spanish autonomous communities. In Spain, there are close to 300 CATs, the complete list of which is available for public consultation on the website of the Directorate-General of Traffic (DGT).
In the words of Rafael Pardo, Directorate-General of AEDRA, "approval of this Royal Decree is the culmination of a long process of negotiation between the administration and the sectors involved. Our assessment is that it is very positive, as it is a legal framework that resolves the problems related to implementation of the previous Royal Decree from 2002".
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