In summer 2015, Smiths put further investment into the Waste Management Division to create an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) for end of life vehicles at our Moreton Valence depot.
The ATF workshop was built and bespoke equipment was installed in June 2015. It is now home to the depollution of scrap vehicles. Employees at the depot have been trained in the removal and storage of fuel, the de-commissioning of explosive airbags and the whole depollution process.
The depollution sequence includes the following:
- Remove – battery, fuel filler cap, oil filler cap and tyres.
- De-gas air conditioning unit.
- Drain – engine oil, oil filter, transmission oil, coolant, washer fluid, brake/ clutch fluid, shock absorbers & fuel tank.
- Deploy air bags.
The engine is removed in the scrap intake area and then the shell is baled and stored ready to be shredded into further recyclable material.
Smiths were awarded the licence in July 2015 by the Environment Agency and registered to issue Certificates of Destruction (COD’s) by the DVLA in August 2015.
The purchase of scrap vehicles from the public began in September 2015 and Smiths opened their first online shop. The eBay shop was launched in December 2015 where you can purchase spare vehicle parts: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/smithsgloucester.