Vehicle Recycling & Dismantling Waste Management

Vehicle dismantlers and recyclers can generate large quantities of waste when they process end-of-life vehicles. This waste needs to be properly managed.

About the Regulation

The Vehicle Dismantling and Recycling Industry Environmental Planning Regulation (VDRIEP) is an industry-driven initiative that requires individual operators or industry associations (acting on behalf of their members) to develop environmental management plans that demonstrate how they will comply with environmental protection standards under the Environmental Management Act (EMA) and its accompanying regulations. It also imposes a system of monitoring and reporting to ensure operations are carefully managed.

Activities conducted can include dismantling (where vehicles are drained of fluids and dismantled), vehicle crushing (for transport to scrap metal recyclers) and parts cleaning. The industry diverts significant quantities of waste from the waste stream however, the operations have the potential of causing significant environmental harm through the release of contaminants to the environment and therefore an environmental management plan is crucial. 

Vehicle Dismantling & Recycling Facility Registration

A person who operates or plans to operate a facility that dismantles more than five wet vehicles in a calendar year is required to register their operation with the B.C. government. A wet vehicle means a motor vehicle that is no longer used for transportation purposes, and has not been reduced to a steel hulk, or to a steel hulk with only the plastic fabric or foam components still attached.

Details about registering can be found on how to apply for a waste discharge authorization.