ATF Professional Vehicle Recycling Awards 2024 - Celebrating Excellence in the UK Vehicle Recycling Community

The ATF Professional Vehicle Recycling Awards are just around the corner! We are excited to invite BVSF members to participate in celebrating the remarkable achievements in the vehicle salvage industry. The closing date for entries is September 12th, so don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

With 13 award categories available, BVSF members can enter multiple categories at no cost. You are also encouraged to nominate other deserving companies or individuals. Detailed criteria for each award and a simple guide to completing the entry form can be found on the ATF Professional awards web pages.

An independent panel of judges will select the winners, with ATF Professional nominating and awarding the Unsung Hero, Rising Star, and Outstanding Individual awards. The winners will be announced at a spectacular gala event on 28th November at the RAF Museum, Cosford.

The evening kicks off with welcome drinks beneath the wings of the iconic Vulcan bomber, followed by a sumptuous dinner in Hangar One. Enjoy a night of entertainment culminating in the awards ceremony hosted by a special guest. Post-ceremony, join the after-party to celebrate, reconnect with friends, and make new ones. A late bar and additional entertainment ensure the festivities continue into the night.

Haydn Davies, Director of ATF Professional, shared his excitement:

“Last year’s event was sold out and a great success. This year, we’ve chosen an amazing venue and, thanks to our sponsors, will offer incredible entertainment. The awards are open to everyone in vehicle recycling, providing a perfect occasion to recognise your team’s hard work and network with industry peers.”

This event is a prime opportunity to celebrate the dedication and achievements of the UK vehicle recycling community. We encourage all BVSF members to enter and attend.

The deadline for entries is 12th September.

To learn more about the Awards, please visit ATF Professional Awards.

To view the categories and enter, click here, and to book tickets, click here.

For further information, questions, or assistance with award entries, contact ATF Professional by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 07447 107070.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Global leader in online vehicle remarketing and recycling, Copart UK, have announced that building works are progressing at their new site in St Helens, and it is expected to be operational by autumn 2024.

St Helens is set to become Copart’s fourth new Copart Operation Centre to open its doors in recent months, following Corby, East Kilbride, and Gloucester.  

In yet another strand of the company’s ongoing ‘Land and Expand’ strategy, the 19-acre site in Merseyside, positioned between the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool, will provide further storage capacity for up to 24,000 vehicles in the northwest.

Jane Pocock, CEO of Copart UK and Ireland, said:  

“We’re passionate about continuously growing and improving our services to customers, so we’re very excited to announce that building works at our new St Helens site are rapidly progressing. 

“In line with our Plan-Net-Zero sustainability commitment, the site is being constructed responsibly and designed to be inclusive, energy efficient, and eco-friendly. 

“Once complete, St Helens will boost vehicle storage capacity for our customers operating in this area of the country by 50%.  

Copart says they are planning to acquire further land and expand existing sites to support continued growth, handle increasing EV volumes, and extend the reach of their industry-leading customer services. 

The first auction at this site is anticipated to take place in September 2024


Silverlake Automotive Recycling [Silverlake] hosted a visit for nine members of the Brazilian Automotive Recycling Association [ABCAR], providing a site tour designed to showcase UK best practice whilst sharing insights and operating concepts to help vehicle recycling in Brazil.  The visit to Silverlake, which took place at the end of May, was part of a European tour being undertaken by the representatives of ABCAR to support members with achieving professional standards.   

The Silverlake tour covered all aspects of automotive recycling including processing vehicles for auction or dismantling for reclaimed parts, according to their Salvage Code category.  The range of services and operational processes designed to meet the needs of B2B and B2C customers were outlined including a visit to the site’s ‘self-service’ U-Pick-It yard.  Use of data for business decision making and adherence to environmental standards and practices were also highlighted.  The entire reclaimed parts process from depollution, dismantling, quality grading, storage, inventory, order processing and delivery was demonstrated and proved to be of great interest.   

Julio Luchesi is the owner of a Brazilian automotive recycling operation that has been in business for over 30 years and leads ABCAR.  He commented: “The visit to Silverlake has been incredibly valuable and we are grateful for the opportunity.  It has given us an understanding of how the close relationship between auction operations and the reuse of reclaimed parts facilitates vehicle recycling and reduces the costs involved in transporting the wrecked car.  When England innovates by unifying auctions and the processing of used parts from collided cars, it creates an efficient market that saves carbon by avoiding multiple movements of collided cars across the country.

"We visited Spain, France, and England to understand the markets and formulate proposals and legal improvements for the Brazilian authorities.  These visits and international studies are highly beneficial for all countries. For Brazil, learning from the advanced practices of European countries can significantly enhance our recycling processes, making them more efficient and sustainable. For the countries we visited, these exchanges foster international cooperation and open up new opportunities for collaboration and market expansion. By sharing knowledge and strategies, we can collectively contribute to a more sustainable future for the international automotive recycling industry.” 

Tom Harvey, Head of Organisation Development at Silverlake who hosted the visit and site tour said: “It was a pleasure to share our knowledge with the Brazilian delegation from ABCAR.  Their desire to collaborate, innovate and raise standards in Brazil is impressive and we are delighted to have been able to help.  We are avid supporters of cross industry and cross border collaboration for the benefit of the industry and market expansion.  We welcome international visits such as this and the opportunities to build connections and learn from each other.” 

In yet another strand of their ongoing growth programme, global leader in online vehicle remarketing and recycling, Copart UK, have announced a new Operation Centre in Chelmsford, Essex.

This new 30-acre site will provide additional capacity in Copart’s strategic network in the southeast region of the UK, alongside their existing Operation Centres in Colchester, Rochford, Sandwich, Sandy, and Wisbech.

Continued expansion across the UK is part of the company’s ambitious growth programme to meet continued demand from their customers, including most of the UK’s major insurance and automotive companies.

This new site in Chelmsford, situated in close proximity to London, will enable Copart to increase vehicle storage capacity in this region by 25%, reducing road miles and increasing their online auctions. 

Jane Pocock, CEO of Copart UK and Ireland, said:

“We’re very excited to announce our plans to develop a new Operation Centre in Chelmsford, which will provide annual storage capacity for 35,000 vehicles.

“The Essex area is growing rapidly with increasing levels of housing development, so Copart Chelmsford will be a key location for us to handle future demand and further strengthen our unrivalled operational capabilities in the southeast.”

Copart have said there will be more announcements to come for their customers as they continue to acquire more land, expand existing sites, and increase their range of industry leading products and services.



UK Tyre Recovery Association celebrates 25 years and its Silver Jubilee

UK used tyre recycling industry bosses gather to call on the new government to advance opportunities and innovation necessary to secure this vital but underacknowledged sector

Tuesday 24 September sees the largest gathering of the UK tyre recycling industry to discuss the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. Over 50 businesses are expected to be represented to hear from the leading industry experts and analysts at a time when the new government needs to focus on some crucial decisions to enable the industry to succeed. Without an update to the regulatory framework many fear the imminent demise of the UK’S domestic tyre recycling industry.

Following the disappointment of at least the last eighteen months with policy development put on the back burner, industry leaders are looking to the new government to bring a fresh and reinvigorated approach to securing the long-term future for British operators and advance the circular economy. Crucial issues include environmental protection, maximising domestic processing capacity and developing market places for by-products, like rubberised asphalt.

The programme sees global experts gathering at the Leamington Spa venue to discuss crucial developments.

Programme will include

•  The latest data analysis of used tyre arisings in the UK, Europe and beyond.

• Introduction of Digital Waste Tracking from 2025.

• Tracking Technologies.

• Requirements for the registration of all Dealers/Brokers/Carriers of waste. Who it will affect/what retailers, carriers and reprocessors will need to do.

• The Export question.

• The VRA’s new tyre training module.

• Tyre manufacturers, retreaders and TRA recyclers – Working together.

Peter Taylor OBE, Secretary General of the TRA, said:

“September’s conference is a crucial meeting for tyre recycling businesses from around the UK. The new government provides the opportunity for a change in approach, something we have been calling for. There are urgent reforms to our regulatory framework that are required to secure the UK’s domestic recycling capability and to protect the environment.

“The government must address the export question. We have become far too reliant on exporting our ELTs [end-of-life tyres] abroad, with little real concern for what happens at the other end. A responsible government can make some simple changes that are inexpensive and will improve business conditions for successful responsible domestic operators.

“The TRA’s annual day is an important moment to look at the innovations and developments in the industry. I look forward to updates on tracking and its role in export oversight and to hearing of the product developments which can make a real difference to life in Britain. Labour have prioritised addressing the age-old road pothole challenge and, with rubberised asphalt, the used tyre industry has a product that should play a central role in answering that challenge.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing our members and hearing from the global experts on tyre recovery and recycling. It will be a fruitful and forward looking gathering.”