Who we are
Founded in 1991, EGARA is the European umbrella association for the national associations of automotive recyclers in Europe.
As such, EGARA represents the professional, environment-conscious automotive recyclers in Europe.
Our mission is:
1: to facilitate and develop the economic activities of European Automotive Recyclers
2: to stimulate the development of environmentally justified working methods for the companies
3: to stimulate product and material reuse.
Our basic philosophy is based on the following mission statement:
“My primary business is to sell quality second-hand automotive parts. In order to obtain these, I have to dismantle cars, ELVs and damaged cars. When dismantling, I ensure the protection of the environment from hazardous ‘elements’ present in the vehicle and follow the strict rules of operation required for environmental protection.”
EGARA members consist of National Associations in 11 European countries.
To see who they are: Click on:
What we do
As a European Trade Association we, of course, work together with relevant European organisations.
During the development of the EU-directive on End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs), EGARA has provided input to the directive, both at the Commission level and at Parliament level, as well as having discussions and meetings with other European Trade Associations in the Automotive sector, e.g. car-producers, producers of components and parts, recycling industries etc.
EGARA is present at many stakeholder meetings like: reporting methodologies, public consultancies, reviews, ELV Directive fitness check and more. We have good contacts with the EC, ACEA and other European stakeholders. Topics like missing vehicles, registration systems, VAT on spare parts, waste status, industry status in legislation are easy to discuss with good outcomes for us. Another topic is parts information.
Therefore EGARA is the only European association truly representing Automotive Recyclers.
If you wish to read more about EGARA as an association:
Click on: EGARA Association Position Paper
If you wish to see some of our European position papers:
How we work
EGARA works with and through the National Associations. These are represented on the EGARA-board, where policy matters and ideas for stimulation of the sector are discussed.
We hold two annual meeting in the Board of EGARA, and between these dates,
the matters of interest to us are taken care of by our Executive Committee.
Click on: EGARA Committee to see the members of our Executive Committee are
Environment conscious treatment – of course!
All Automotive Recyclers within EGARA naturally pay full respect to the environment when they receive and treat ELVs – completely in line with the European Commission’s rules, as they are set out in the ELV-directive (2000/53/EC) – and in some cases, the National Associations have even more strict rules. Of course – since this is part of our philosophy!
And what is even better for you:
Components and spare parts, which are fitted for re-use – the most environment friendly way of recycling – are dismantled, tested and controlled, classified and registered into our comprehensive computer systems. And of course, when we sell them you have guarantees according to National rules.
Step 1: Depollution
In the first step of the treatment, we depollute the vechicle. The ELV is drained of all environmentally hazardous fluids, such as oil, break-fluid, coolant, petrol etc., and the fluids are stored in appropriate containers, which then is sent to authorised companies for optimal recycling. Not a drop goes into nature!
Step 2: Removal of other hazardous components
In this step, all other components that are hazardous are removed, such as batteries, components containing mercury, electronics etc. are removed. Further, other components like glass and plastic elements, tyres, catalytic converters are removed, and as above are stored appropriately and handed over for recycling.
Step 3: Components for re-use
Components and parts which are suitable for re-use, with due respect to traffic security and eventual environmental hazards – what we in our terminology refer to as . “Safe Re-Use” – are then carefully dismantled. After this the “carcass” of the vehicle is then sent on to shredders for further materials recycling, e.g. metal-recycling.
Step 4: Testing and storing
Components which are dismantled for re-use, are the carefully controlled and tested, assigned classification codes and appropriate information about into which car, model and the type it fits. All this information is then entered into our modern computer systems – systems that allow us, when you as a customer require a part or a component, to sell you “the right part for the right car” – also a facet of “Safe Re-use”. Hence, Automotive Recyclers no longer run looking for what they have – they simply look into their computer systems, enabling them to give you a direct answer about whether or not a component is available.
Step 5: Re-use
Therefore, why buying a new part for a used car, when you can get a component for re-use, which matches the car you have exactly and which is “the right part for the right car” , labelled, classified and marked – at a cheaper price – and with appropriate guarantee?? This is the better choice – for the environment and for your pocket!