Abanaki - helping you go the extra mile


With strict EA laws in place, it is required that vehicle dismantlers are responsible for any pollutants, otherwise, failure to do so can result in hefty fines.


When it comes to oil, the main goal for vehicle dismantlers is to keep the oil from reaching any natural water source. To do this, site operators must keep the pits or interceptors clean. Should the interceptors become too full, there is the chance that the oil or hydrocarbons can leech into the groundwater, which can cause an environmental disaster. It’s also crucial to keep the interceptors clean in case there is ever a flood. Heavy rainwater can cause the interceptors to run over and again seep into the nearby groundwater. 


Emptying interceptors is a job that can be messy, time-consuming, and labour intensive. Additionally, it can also be very expensive. 


So, what is a good option for emptying an interceptor?


Abanaki’s oil skimmers come to mind, one such piece of kit is the Model 4 oil skimmer. 



This piece of kit is a dependable and effective means of removing oil from water and water-based solutions and can be used in tanks with depths as shallow as 0.3mt, or as deep as 30mt. It utilises a continuous belt and wiper to remove up to 60 litres of oil per hour from the fluid surface. The belt, operating on a motor and pulley system, runs through contaminated liquid to pick up oil from the surface. After travelling over the head pulley, the belt passes through tandem wiper blades where oil is scraped off both sides of the belt and discharged. The tail pulley has flanges that allow it to roll freely on the inside of the belt without becoming dislodged. It requires no bearings and does not need to be fastened to the tank. If turbulent conditions exist, an optional tether and cage assembly prevent the tail pulley from being dislodged.



Graham Smith, UK Sales Manager at Abanaki, highlights the benefits of why vehicle dismantlers should opt for their products: 


“For over 10 years, I have been going to ATFs throughout the UK to help find solutions for their drainage systems and to help them stay compliant with EA regulations. In this time, I have seen many changes towards the responsibilities that vehicle recyclers have made towards keeping their yards more sustainable, following good practice and working more efficiently.

Although the past year or so has been difficult for many, what has been encouraging is how many yard owners have been utilising those quieter months to find out more about how they can improve their yards. 




 Why Choose an Oil Skimmer? 


Oil skimming makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. These physical characteristics allow the belt to attract oil and other hydrocarbon liquids from the surface of the fluid. Often, oil skimming by itself will reduce oil to an acceptable level of water purity. Depending on the characteristics of the liquid, it is possible for oil skimmers alone to reduce oil content to less than five parts per million in water. The unit can be used as a pretreatment before filtration and in conjunction with coalescing systems as part of an industrial wastewater treatment plan. Oil skimmers offer a cost-effective and environmentally sound solution to oil in water problems. 


Some of the key benefits in utilising the Model 4 are that it is simple to use, it alleviates some of the burden of day to day tasks, and it is very easy to train someone on how to operate the skimmer. In terms of cost, the Model 4 makes drastic improvements at keeping costs down. 




   Dave Horsnell, Owner of DLH Auto Recyclers, based in Norfolk, owns and uses an Abanaki Model 4 oil skimmer and here’s what he had to say about this piece of kit:   


   “After seeing the model 4 oil skimmer demonstrated at various trade exhibitions, I could see the benefits of having this type of equipment installed in our own drainage system. The Skimmer is       easy to install and removes all oil that finds its way into our oil and water separator. When you turn it on, it just gets on with the job of removing the oil, and since its installation, we have not     needed a contractor to pump out any waste oil from our tank, which is a big saving. I now see this piece of equipment as essential for the modern-day dismantler’s drainage system.”


 To learn more about the oil skimming technologies that Abanaki offers, call Graham Smith at +01179 616679 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.abanaki.co.uk

Copart’s Customer Excellence Centre Open and Operational


Despite the national lockdown, it’s still ‘customer first’ for leading online vehicle remarketing business Copart UK, who have opened the doors of their new Customer Excellence Centre. Following the rapid expansion of Copart’s customer service functions, including Claims Settlement and Engineering Services, the company announced plans to open the new centre back in November 2020 to support their ongoing growth and the changing needs of their customers. Copart’s Claims Settlement, Customer Support Centre, Vehicle Engineering and Operational Audit teams are now operating across three floors at Franklin Court, based in Priory Business Park, Bedford.

As a company that has remained operational throughout the pandemic, including the current national lockdown, the opening of Copart’s Customer Excellence Centre further supports the essential services they provide to the insurance sector.

Jane Pocock, Managing Director of Copart UK & Ireland, said:

“We’re delighted to announce that our Customer Excellence Centre is now open and operational, allowing us to provide our partners with world class end-to-end outsourced services and drive more returns from their vehicles. Given the essential nature of the services we provide, we were determined to push ahead with opening the centre despite the current national lockdown.

“Supported by our recent ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Standard accreditation, our customers and stakeholders can be reassured we are a robust and resilient company that will continue to provide critical value-added services despite any operational disruptions.”

The opening of the Customer Excellence Centre also coincides with the appointment of Richard Howe, who joins Copart as Head of Central Operations. Formerly Head of Engineering at Markerstudy Insurance, he will assume responsibility for managing the Customer Support Centre, Claims Settlement, and Vehicle Engineering functions at Franklin Court.


Howe said: “I’m joining Copart at a very exciting time, as the business continues to expand and invest into the continuous improvement of products and services, in line with the growing needs of customers. I’m pleased to bring over 30 years of commercial, technical, and claims experience to Copart and am looking forward to supporting and influencing the continued growth and success of these key areas of the business.”


Copart currently has over 1,200 employees based across 18 UK locations, and anticipates recruiting for around 35 new roles at the Customer Excellence Centre in Bedford over the next 12-18 months.

Global leader in online vehicle remarketing, Copart UK, has been awarded the ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Standard, their sixth ISO accreditation to be achieved. As part of the assessment, Copart were audited on their ability to recognise potential risks and have the necessary framework in place to continue their operations, involving comprehensive business impact assessments for all areas of the organisation.

Stephanie Barnard, Director of Performance, Quality & Risk, said: “This has been a perfect opportunity for Copart to demonstrate to our customers and stakeholders that we have a strong business continuity plan in place to rapidly overcome any operational disruptions, which is very timely due to the current pandemic. It’s been a great opportunity to revisit and revise our business continuity processes in line with the challenges of Covid-19, strengthening our already robust emergency response strategy and underpinning the high-quality, seamless service our customers can expect to receive.” This new accreditation brings the total of ISO standards held by Copart to six.


The business already holds the following standards:

• ISO 9001 Quality Management System

• ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management

• ISO 31000 Risk Management

• ISO 14001 Environmental Management

• ISO 27001 Information Security


ISO 22301 is a globally recognised standard which is designed to help businesses prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, unexpected and disruptive incidents and threats. After an intensive three-day assessment, in which Copart was required to provide evidence of a robust and effective business continuity plan for all areas of the business, the accreditation was awarded with no further actions required.


Jane Pocock, Managing Director of Copart UK & Ireland, said: “I’m delighted that we have achieved a ‘Super Six’ portfolio of ISO accreditations, which is incredibly unique for a company within the automotive industry and demonstrates the market leading standards at which we operate. “We already have a well-established emergency response strategy in place which, alongside our extensive UK operational capacity and cutting-edge mobile technology, has allowed us to continue operating safely throughout the current pandemic. “The independent validation of an ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Standard provides our customers with even more confidence in our resilience, and reassurance that we will continue to operate effectively on their behalf.”



Tyre Recovery Association Limited

New TRA Pyrolysis Group holds first meeting



The launch meeting of this recently-announced new TRA group was held on 26th January 2021 attended by sixteen of the Association’s members.


“We were delighted by this level of participation” said Association President, Tim Stott, “and even more pleased that several participants have recently joined TRA specifically to be part of this much needed initiative”.


The meeting identified a number of common interests and objectives ranging from feedstock monitoring, the clear need to influence future regulation governing pyrolysis operators as well as complex issues such as ‘end of waste’ status and planning constraints.


Having settled on this wide-ranging set of objectives it was resolved to schedule further meetings in the coming weeks in which a renewed dialogue would be launched with regulators from the Devolved Administrations.


Commented Tim Stott, “we have already identified some wide-ranging concerns but also some real opportunities to smooth the way for investors in new pyrolysis capacity to benefit from a more compliant regulatory regime.”

SYNETIQ achieves the VRA UK Standard for Green Parts

The Vehicle Recycler’s Association has awarded SYNETIQ with the Stage 1 UK Standard for Reclaimed Parts from End-Of-Life Vehicles, following a two-part assessment at SYNETIQ’s Doncaster Head Office.

This new industry standard covers the removal, processing, and traceability of parts from damaged vehicles, ensuring they are safe for reuse. SYNETIQ supplies these ‘green parts’ to major fleets, Bodyshops, garages and private customers across the UK.

SYNETIQ sells original equipment (OE) non-safety related parts, such as collision panels, engines and gearboxes, through its parts procurement platform MyGreenFleet. Each part is graded from A to C, with any minor damage clearly highlighted. This quality control process is well established and means customers know exactly what to expect when ordering, with the item condition reflected in the price. The cashable saving from RRP can be as much as 75% when compared to new OE parts.

“We’re right behind this new VRA standard – it is a very positive step,” says Jason Cross, Client Relationship Director at SYNETIQ. ”We see it as being perfectly aligned with our vision: to lead the way in creating a vehicle recycling industry we can all be proud of. New, robust industry standards create a benchmark and inspire trust in the use of Green OE Parts. This can only help us and the insurance and fleet clients we serve.” 

While reusing vehicle parts was traditionally a price-led decision, more information is being revealed about the environmental benefits of use. Last month, SYNETIQ reported it has helped British Gas to save 120,000kg of CO2, simply by using recycled replacement doors instead of comparable brand-new OE.

Jason added: “We’ve been supplying green parts to the fleet industry since 2010, and we’re now undertaking several trials with major UK insurers for use in insurer funded repair. Attitudes are changing towards green parts, and we’re grateful to the VRA for their efforts to raise the standards further.”