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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

Bridge Van Ltd Northern Ireland keep moving forward
Keeping up with the times and developing your business to meet specific needs is essential if you wish to grow and prosper. It was good to hear from Northern Ireland based. Bridge Van Ltd who have spent the last 25 years doing just that.
Vortex gets a new home
The Vortex range of depollution and ancillary equipment in the UK has moved home to Derbyshire, and now all manufacturing, sales and service are handled by Chesterfield Recycling Systems Ltd.
Pressure for a diesel scrappage scheme
Following a High Court decision in early November, 2016, there have been renewed calls for a diesel vehicle scrappage scheme as one of a ‘raft’ of measures to deal with air pollution in many UK cities. This is thought to be a major contributor to 40,000 premature deaths every year in the UK
Polish auto recyclers conference raises many issues
Poland recently held their annual recycling conference organised by the Polish Automotive Recycling Association, FORS, and regular contributor and Head of Autofinity Parts, Andy Latham was invited to address the audience. These were Andy’s thoughts about the visit.
Should they repeal the Scrap Metal Dealers Act?
I was recently talking the MVDA’s Secretary, Chas Ambrose who told that from his conversations with the Home Office, the government believe that SMDA13 is doing what it was intended to do, and that currently they have no intention to repeal the legislation.
Revised Fire Prevention Plans pulls Trade bodies together
Trade associations from the waste and recycling sector have joined forces to lobby the Environment Agency (EA) over its recently revised fire prevention plan (FPP) guidance.
Upcycling ELV car seat leather
When cars reach the end of their useful lives they drop into a well-established process for disposal. Many of the cars constituent materials are recovered through this process, but other materials are “lost”. Leather seats are a prime example. This is an area you may be able to capitalise on!
UK Recyclers Road Trip - a lot of fun and loads of ideas!
30 people, two lobsters, too many cars to count, 4 recyclers, over 650 miles and 2 awards. What am I talking about? The UK Recyclers Road Trip to the Automotive Recyclers Association Annual Convention. Andy Latham reports on the trip.