Vehicle wreck storage and treatment establishments

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Waste materials acceptance.

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§ 1.

The following activities are clearly separated from each other in areas specially designed and intended for that purpose:

the collection of the vehicle wrecks;

the temporary storage of non-decontaminated vehicle wrecks;

the temporary storage of decontaminated vehicle wrecks;

the storage of liquids and other materials;

the storage of parts;

the storage of waste;

the processing.


By way of derogation from subparagraph 1, 2° and 3°, non-decontaminated and decontaminated vehicle wrecks may, however, be stored together if the following conditions are met:

the establishment does not have a shredder;

each decontaminated vehicle wreck is marked with a clearly identifiable label that is visible from ground level.


The processing is organised so that substances that are dangerous to the environment are processed as quickly as possible.


§ 2.

Dismantling, destruction including crushing and any other treatment of vehicle wrecks is always preceded by the decontamination of the wreck, with the exception of storage sites for a maximum of 5 vehicle wrecks at workplaces only for the inspection, repair and maintenance of motor vehicles (including bodywork activities), and provided that the dismantled parts are immediately used for the repairs.


Materials and parts of wrecks are processed in such a way that the shredder residues can be optimally recovered and by no means processed or disposed of as dangerous waste material.


The decontamination consists of the compulsory removal or separate collection of all liquids, unless they are required for the reuse of the parts in question, and of polluting or harmful components in the vehicle wreck as soon as it is delivered prior to any further treatment, more specifically:

drainage and individual storage of the liquids;

drainage of the refrigerants for air-conditioning with a contained system;

emptying of the brake fluid tank;

drainage of the engine oil, transmission oil and the driving gear oil;

dismantling of the engine oil filler;

emptying of the fuel tank by direct extraction in the tank or a splash-free drainage system;

drainage of the differential and the drive shafts as appropriate;

drainage of the oil of the steering gear or power-assisted steering;

drainage of hydraulic oils from wheel suspension systems;


drainage of coolant;


drainage of washer fluid;


dismantling of any CNG tanks;


dismantling of lead batteries;


making safe of pyrotechnic parts of air bags/seat belts;


dismantling of catalytic converters and other dangerous parts.


dismantling or separate collection of the components and materials which must be marked or made identifiable in accordance with appendix I of the Royal Decree of 19 March 2004 regarding product standards for vehicles.

The drainage of the liquids is performed as thoroughly as possible. If parts contain significant amounts of liquid that might leak during disassembly and that would be difficult to draw off, to the greatest possible extent these parts should be removed from the wreck. After draining, the drain plugs are fitted again


§ 3.

Subject to the application of the provisions in § 2, liquids still present are immediately removed from leaking vehicle wrecks.


§ 4.

Dismantling or disassembly consists of the removal of the parts from the vehicle wreck that can be reused, including spare parts.


The following materials and parts are disassembled and separately collected in view of recycling:


catalytic converters;

metal parts containing copper, aluminium and magnesium, if after shredding these metals cannot be separated in such a way that they can be recovered as materials;

tyres and large synthetic parts such as bumpers, dashboards and liquid tanks if after shredding these materials cannot be separated to be recovered as materials;

glass, if after shredding, this glass is not separated in such a way that it can be reclaimed as a material.


Parts of discarded vehicles must be processed as follows:


reusable parts are reused, taking into account the requirements relating to safety; more specifically, any manufacturer's prohibition of the marketing of safety parts from discarded vehicle must be respected.

non-reusable parts are recovered as far as possible where preference is given to recycling to the extent that this entails no environmental dangers.


§ 5.

Large storage quantities and long storage periods are avoided. To this end, all stored materials are removed at regular intervals, with the exception of the parts disassembled for reuse as spares.


§ 6.

The storage operations are carried out in such a manner that damage is prevented to components containing liquids or to components for useful application and spare parts.


§ 1.

The liquids removed from the wrecks are stored in the designated closed drums or tanks in accordance with the approved work plan. Each drum or tank is labelled with a clearly readable specification of its contents and with the corresponding danger pictograms. Drums containing liquids are placed under cover on an impervious floor equipped with a collection system for leaked liquids. The different types of oils and liquids are kept separate and may in no case be mixed.


§ 2.

Batteries and storage batteries are stored in weatherproof covered and acid-resistant containers.


§ 3.

Absorbing material is available at the establishment in sufficient quantities. Polluted absorbing material is taken to an establishment appropriate for this material.