Treatment of end-of-life vehicles

Treatment of end-of-life vehicles in the Republic of Croatia is performed by legal and natural persons – tradesman holding the relevant waste management licence for the treatment of end-of-life vehicles pursuant to the Act, and that in accordance with the authorisation of the Ministry have concluded a contract with the Fund (hereinafter: the treatment operator).
The treatment operator is obliged to accept from the collector all collected vehicles verifying the collector’s consignment note and treat them pursuant to the provisions of the Ordinance on the management of end-of-life vehicles. The treatment operator must have a facility for storage and treatment of end-of-life vehicles in accordance with the Act and the special regulation.
The treatment operator is obliged to perform the treatment of end-of-life vehicles under the following conditions:
  • the treatment facility must be equipped with impermeable surface, devices for collecting scattered or spilled waste, the collection pit or special container, and degreasing agents,
  • removed spare parts must be stored separately, and parts contaminated with oil must be stored on an impermeable surface,
  • batteries and accumulators (starters), filters, and capacitors containing PCB/PCT, and other hazardous and non-hazardous waste resulting from the treatment of end-of-life vehicles must be stored in adequate receptacles/containers,
  • liquids from end-of-life vehicles: fuel, motor oil, gear oil, transmission system oil, hydraulic system oil, coolant in radiators, acids from batteries and accumulators (starters), refrigerant in the AC system, and all other liquids and hazardous substances which are found in the end-of-life vehicles must be stored in appropriate containers,
  • the treatment facility must be fitted with equipment for the treatment of wastewater including rainwater, adequate warehouse for used tyres, measures for the prevention of excessive stockpiling in the storage, and the fire system in place in accordance with special regulations.
The treatment operator is obliged to ensure safe removal from the end-of-life vehicle and storage of the components containing liquids, parts of an end-of-life vehicle which can be reused, and spare parts.
After acceptance of an end-of-life vehicle, the treatment operator must immediately remove the accumulator from the end-of-life vehicle, remove or neutralize potentially explosive components, and the liquefied gas cylinder if it has been installed in the end-of-life vehicle.

The following has to be removed from an end-of-life vehicle and collected separately:
  • motor oil,
  • transmission oil,
  • gear oil, differential oil,
  • hydraulic oil (e.g. servomechanism),
  • fuel (including liquefied gas),
  • coolant in radiators,
  • brake fluid,
  • shock-absorber oil,
  • refrigerant in AC units (CFCs),
  • parts containing mercury,
  • components containing asbestos.
Before treatment in the shredder, compactor, or crusher the treatment operator is obliged to separate:
  • the catalytic converter,
  • all glass,
  • tyres,
  • large components made from plastic materials which could not be separated after shredding and crushing (bumpers, dashboards, fluids containers, etc.) to promote their material recovery and recycling,
  • metal parts containing copper, aluminium, and magnesium if their extraction and separation after shredding has not been provided for.
The recovery of end-of-life vehicles and parts resulting from the treatment of end-of-life vehicles must be performed applying the best available techniques, where material recovery shall have precedence.
List of end-of-life vehicles treatment operators