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Illegal ‘small business’ causing most damage to the health of the environment

2015-03-05

Last year, environmentalists discovered 122 illegal dismantlers of end-of-life vehicles engaged in this ‘small business’ without a compulsory Integrated Pollution Prevent and Control (IPPC) permit or a pollution permit, and acting in breach of other environmental requirements. The fines imposed on them totalled more than EUR 30,000.

The offenders most often say they did not know about the IPPC or pollution permit, and did not think that many parts (shock absorbers, batteries, fuel filters, etc.) from cars dismantled by them were hazardous waste posing a threat to the environment and human health. Since such parts are not good for sale, dismantlers get rid of them in the same way as in the case of rubber, plastic or glass waste left from dismantling, i.e. they pollute the environment by dumping this waste in more remote places in forests, burning this waste or loading it into municipal waste containers, etc.

An offender found by environmentalists in Šiauliai last week also pretended to be such a ‘Dunno’. He used to dismantle old cars in a rented hangar in Žemaitės Street. The environmental officers stumbled on several car frames already near the hangar, and inside the building among cars that were being dismantled and their chaotically strewn parts they were met by a man who introduced himself as a jobless person. He was left with no choice but to admit that he was dismantling cars and selling their parts illegally.

Officers of the Šiauliai City Agency of the Šiauliai Regional Environmental Protection Department (REPD) gave a compulsory instruction to the offender to stop the illegal activity immediately and transfer the car waste to a legitimate waste management enterprise. The offender will also have to pay an administrative fine.

Illegal dismantlers of vehicles may be subjected to a fine of EUR 289 to EUR 579, and in certain cases damage to the environment may be calculated.

Environmentalists remind everyone that the business of dismantling end-of-life vehicles requires an IPPC or pollution permit and a hazardous waste management licence, and registration in the State Register of Waste Managers.

Public Information Division
05/03/2015

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas