A European Directive, to address the treatment and disposal of vehicles when they reach the end of their life, was published to the EC Member States in September 2000. This Directive gave instructions to each Member State to implement National Regulations regarding ELVs.
On the 3rd November 2003 the Government introduced the "End of Life Vehicle Regulations 2003". These Regulations implement the ELV Directive 2000/53/EC and lay down, amongst other things, the rules for the treatment, de-pollution and handling of ELVs, including the responsibility for free take back by the vehicle manufacturer of ELVs in certain conditions
Free take back: This is implemented to take back a qualifying ELV into a treatment facility with no charge to the last owner or keeper; since January 2007 this includes all qualifying vehicles regardless of when they were first registered.
Qualifying Vehicles: Free take back, de-pollution and treatment of Citroën vehicles, is only guaranteed if the ELV is delivered into a treatment facility that is nominated by Citroën UK Ltd and that the vehicle is complete, with all essential components, in particular the engine, transmission, coachwork, catalytic converter and wheels and has no other waste added to it.
To fulfil its obligations under the terms of these regulations, Citroën UK Ltd, has contracted with CarTakeBack.com (CTB), to guarantee that qualifying vehicles will be taken back from the last owner or keeper at no cost. The Citroën network of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) meets the requirements for accessibility and capacity as laid down by the "End of Life (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005" and has been operational since 1st January 2006. Where no ATF exists within the accessibility limits as laid down by Regulations, a collection service will be provided.