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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

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Environmental Impact of End-of-Life Vehicles: An Information Paper

Environment Australia
ISBN 0642547513

Preamble - Purpose and Scope

The purpose of this information paper is to help inform discussion by presenting facts and pertinent observations about the environmental impacts of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs).

The information in this paper is based on earlier work undertaken for Environment Australia by A.D.Edwards Consulting Pty Ltd, which was limited to a review of existing literature and discussions with stakeholders. Accordingly, the paper reports on factors associated with ELVs which have been considered by others to pose potential environmental threats. No independent scientific assessment of the extent of any such impacts in Australia has been undertaken.

Finally, it is recognised that some of the potentially harmful materials within ELVs - such as air-conditioning gases, oils etc - are already addressed to varying degrees by regulations in some jurisdictions. Moreover, this information paper does not attempt to measure the extent of compliance with existing regulations, but simply notes the ELV materials as having potentially negative environmental impacts if improperly managed.