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If you're involved in end of life vehicle depollution then this site is for you. Whether you are an ATF just involved with depollution or a vehicle dismantler who sells used parts and salvage, then our aim is to keep you up to date with changes affecting your industry.


There was a time when we simply got on with the job and the rest of the world left us alone but times have changed. Now we are an integral part of the waste industry (although it's always been hard to understand) and we have to keep abreast of all the changes affecting our businesses.

To make finding what you want easy, the most recent articles are listed in the right hand column and below you will find links to our past emails.



Editor Chris Floate
ATF Professional's editor, Chris Floate.
ATF Professional's editor, is Chris Floate. Chris has been involved with writing and editing magazines which cover our industry since the mid 1980's. Having a background prior to this in technical writing, Chris took on the editorship of Recycling World in 1987. The title was aimed at those individuals and businesses involved in recycling. At the time this was mainly scrap metal and vehicle dismantling. During his 14 years, the recycling industry developed from what was very much a financially driven market to the environmentally driven market it is today.

Recycling world was at the forefront of this fast changing and developing market, giving in depth analysis and direction to the growing need for environmental awareness. Whilst still editor of Recycling World, in 1998 Chris took on the editorship of The Landscaper, the leading magazine for the landscape trades.

Over the last 15 years, Chris has also edited the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association and as such has experienced the many changes to our industry first hand. In ATF Professional he shares that wealth of knowledge with the whole industry.


Latest stories

500,000 vehicles missing each year - time to act
The European Commission recently launched a public consultation on potential measures to improve the implementation of certain aspects of the Directive on end-of-life vehicles, with emphasis on ELVs of unknown whereabouts. This is a huge problem – with more than 500,000 vehicles missing every year in the UK alone (over 5 million in the last 10 years) and up to 8 million in the EU.
Parts delivery under the spotlight
Regular readers of atfProfessional will be well aware of the issues recently raised regarding the problems associated with delivering parts to the customer. CARS2016 featured a great workshop looking into this area.
Instant ELV quote launched at CARS
Do you offer an instant quote for vehicles? In this day and age where we want everything instantly, it can make the difference between cars coming to your yard or not, and what’s more, if you’re an MVDA member there’s no charge.
Worried about the push towards single use parts?
The manufacturers are constantly pushing the number of parts that cannot be reused and EGARA, the European Group of Automotive Recycling Associations), has requested information from vehicle dismantlers throughout Europe about spare parts that are designed for just a single use and cannot be reused.
CARS2016 - What we liked at this year’s event
We always look forward to CARS but this year, with it being at Donington Park rather than a working automotive recycler’s yard, we wondered how the show would feel.
Automotive Waste Associations join forces
There are a number of trade bodies representing varying parts of our businesses and the recent formation of the Automotive Waste Stream Alliance (AWSA) should give us a louder voice.
Countdown to CARS2016
It’s only a fortnight away and atfPro editor, Chris Floate tells us what he’s looking forward to at this year’s show.
Need vehicle data - tried these?
Do you struggle with part numbers. Let’s face it, part numbers can vary extensively, even on an individual model, so having access to accurate vehicle data is essential these days.