Air Conditioning Refrigerant Gas Reclamation for BVSF Members

To help BVSF members comply with F-Gas regulations, Hazardous Waste regulations and others, A-Gas has developed the most simple and straightforward refrigerant reclamation and recycling facility in the UK today—The A-Gas One Stop Shop

Complete Refrigeration life cycle stewardshipF Gas reclamation cylinders

This enables members to hand over responsibility for waste management to A-Gas. The used refrigerant is safely returned to the A-Gas reclamation faculty which is fully licensed by the Environment Agency. The used refrigerant can then be processed using A-Gas’ own technology, resulting in a very high percentage of returned refrigerants being recycled

Recovery cylinders:

Used for the return of refrigerant that the customer no longer requires
• Yellow valve guard (see photo)
• Evacuated prior to despatch
• Dual port valves to enable push-pull recovery of gas
• Available in 10kg, 45kg and 720kg max fill weights, suitable for all HCFC & HFC refrigerants other than high pressure R23 / R508A&B and Hydrocarbon

Removal of used refrigerants

A-Gas has twenty-five thousand dedicated reclaim cylinders, one of the largest fleets in the country, enabling all customers to return used refrigerants. Call now to discuss the opportunities available for refrigerant buyback:
[+44] (0) 1275 376600

BVSF Members Advice Area 

If you have a question relating to the Vehicular Salvage Industry whether it be a..

  • What would happen if…
    How do I do that…..
    I have been told this and I need some assistance.
    Could you help with this…
    Could you investigate this…

Or indeed any other Vehicle Salvage related query please feel free to forward the question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The management commitee is made up with salvage federation members whose combined knowledge covers a vast spectrum of the salvage industry. They are here to help you.


If possible this will be answered directly and in person from the BVSF offices, if, however, it is required, then the question will be forwarded to a member(s) of the Management Committee for an answer. These questions and indeed answers will, with the permission of the individual asking the question be posted on the BVSF website to potentially assist others who may have experienced similar issues in a new FAQ area.

Definition of an ELV

At long last after four and a half years of painstaking discussions and negotiations, I have pleasure in reporting that a final version of a Position Statement issued by the EA as to when a vehicle is considered to be waste. 

This paper has been reviewed by the Management Committee and is now considered acceptable as a document detailing when vehicle is deemed to be an ELV.

The BVSF is proud of the fact that after many hours of negotiations and discussions with the authorities, it is as a direct result of their negotiations that all references to the salvage Code of Practice, its categories and particularly Category B salvage vehicles being classified as ‘waste’ have been removed from the document.  Additionally, other objectionable features have also been removed or changed in the document.

This, in effect, means that the Federation can proudly boast it has saved its members many thousands of pounds in terms of most Category B salvage vehicles being automatically regarded by the EA as ‘waste’ and thus requiring Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes etc.  The view is taken that this achievement clearly demonstrates the value of the BVSF and being a member of the Federation, without which the position for the future would have been much worse for the industry.

It is understood that the paper has now been distributed to EA officials throughout the country and will be used by them when deciding as to when vehicles are to be classified as ELVs. 
Click here to view the EA document.

Alan Greenouff




Waste Licence Limitations
During the current Continuing Competence training program for BVSF members it has become clear that some members have Waste Management Licences (now termed Environmental Permits) that permit the storage and treatment of wastes other than just ELVs.  Such Permits often allow the intake of general scrap metals, and some also sanction batteries, oils, timber, plastics and inert wastes etc.

This is seen to be particularly the case where a Permit was issued over 5 years ago.

Permits are extremely valuable documents and are very hard to acquire, and if you are currently dealing only with ELVs you may be inclined to overlook any additional permitted wastes for your site.

However, future changes in economic and commercial circumstances may lead you to seek to take advantage of your broader Permit, and unless you take steps to ensure its continuation in full you may find yourself disbenifited.

Consequently, you need to look closely at the terms and conditions of your Permit,  if it provides for more than just ELV treatment, you should ensure that you include all the appropriate ‘Activity Specific’ elements when enrolling for your Continuing Competence Test . That is,  you should not only enroll for the ELV activity specific element but also Metal Recycling (MRS), Non-Hazardous Waste Transfer &Treatment and/or Hazardous Waste Transfer &Treatment – as appropriate.

If you do not do this you could lose your currently agreed Technical Competence for the Activities you omit to take. Such competences may be ‘deemed’ or following earlier technical assessments (EA or WAMITAB) and their loss would mean that unless you subsequently replace the lost competency(s) by some other method (likely to be much more expensive and long winded than simply satisfying the Continuing Competence Test!) you would not be able to respond quickly to any changing commercial ambitions.

Level of Site Attendance by the Technically Competent Person(s)
Contrary to popular belief, it is rare for the EA to require the on site attendance of the Technical Competent Person (TCM) for the full duration of the working week.

Attendance is ‘OPRA’ based and subject to EA tables which provide for variations depending upon the nature and scale of the waste management operations.  For ELV and MRS sites it is unlikely to require a TCM to spend more than 40% of the working hours of the week at a particular site.  Thus, a TCM may look after more than one site, or work away from the site – providing the Site Diary clearly shows his attendance at the appropriate level for that site.

TCM Numbers at a Site
The EA may suspend operations at a waste facility if the TCM attendance level at that facility is less than specified.
Since most TCMs will be on holiday, on a training course or off sick etc for more than one week every year it is highly desirable that each Company ensures it employs at least two EA recognised TCMs.  In fact, many firms (including BVSF members) are taking steps to ensure they have at least three TCMs in place in order to further ensure compliance with this key statutory requirement and avoid the possible penalties of non-compliance.


We are delighted to announce that Mr Roger West has been appointed as Secretary General of the BVSF and that he had commenced working on a part time basis with effect from 2nd February 2010.

Roger now introduces himself to the organisations membership;Roger West

I would like this first post of mine to be a chance for me to introduce myself. I have lived and breathed motor cars for as long as I can remember

 Much against the wishes of my Father I managed to enter the motor trade in my late teens having completed an Engineering apprentiship after leaving school. I worked in a Main Dealership for some 15 years moving from being “on the tools” through supervisory duties at both mechanical and bodywork sites. It was from the bodywork site that I was approached in 1987 by a then family owned insurer who subsequently offered me a position of Field Motor Engineer. Within a couple of years I had managed to secure promotion to Senior Engineer and by 2001 had attained the dizzy heights of Area Field Manager. Sadly this was not to last and in 2005 after a major reshuffle I accepted early retirement/redundancy. I was approached almost immediately by a company dealing with Non OE vehicle components, yet again redundancy loomed its ugly head after less than 2 years and I found myself sitting at home twiddling my fingers…well, actually rebuilding kit cars which is my main hobby and of course spending copious amounts of money with P&O Cruise lines keeping my sun worshipping wife happy!!

On the subject of families, I have been married to Heather for almost 33 years, we have 4 children, Phillip, Graham, Shelby and Daniel, Phillip and Graham are both within the motor industry, Shelby is in 6th form and Daniel is just Daniel!!!

 Following this second bout of redundancy I was approached by another Main Dealer owned by an old friend asking if I would assist with the “front of house” running of his dealership. This I willingly did until the supporting Marque decided it no longer considered it necessary to be represented in the Orpington area and withdrew its support. The dealership closed its doors on January 29th 2010. 

By this time of course I had been offered the position of Secretary General (Designate) which I duly accepted and appeared on the doorstep of “The Bates Building” on February 2rd.
It is very obvious from my first few days that following in Alan’s footsteps is going to be no easy task. However with his support and guidance over the next 3 months I am confident that the role transfer will take place smoothly and with no ill effects in the running of the BVSF.
I have already met a few of the members in a meeting recently and look forward to meeting others as time goes by. Please feel free to call me anytime.

Thank you.

Roger West.