End-of-life vehicles, car battery recycling & packaging recycling.

End-of-life vehicles, battery recycling & packaging recycling

End-of-life Car Scrapping and Car Recycling.

To make it as easy as possible for you to recycle or scrap your car, smart in the UK has partnered with Autogreen Ltd to provide a Government approved national network of certified dismantling facilities for end-of-life vehicles. They will take care of the environmentally friendly dismantling and recycling  of your vehicle once it has reached the end of its life.*

How to scrap a car?
Your smart may have experienced its best years – but that doesn't mean that it's reached the end. Thanks to state-of-the-art recycling technologies it is possible to reuse most of the materials in the vehicle, to save valuable raw materials and to greatly relieve the strain on the environment.

The recycling process can be divided into four phases as explained below.

1. Vehicle take-back.
Once you have identified your nearest vehicle take-back depot from the list provided you can return your vehicle there, complete and free of waste.

2. Removal of service fluids
All service fluids such as oils, brake fluid and coolants, windscreen washer fluid and refrigerant are removed and correctly recycled or disposed of.

3. Disassembly.
In the first step in the obligatory disassembly the battery, oil filter, catalytic converter and wheels are dismantled or removed and sent for recycling. Pyrotechnical elements (e.g. airbags) are disposed of in accordance with legal requirements. After this the parts that can be reused either directly or following reconditioning are removed.

4. Shredder.
The remaining body is supplied to a shredder company where it is separated into different fractions and then returned as far as possible to the materials cycle.

End-of-life vehicles

Where can I scrap my car?

As the service is nationwide, you can drop off your smart car to any local participating dealer, or opt for free home collection. To find out more about scrapping your car and to learn where your nearest Mercedes-Benz and smart appointed recycling facility is, visit www.rewardingrecycling.co.uk or call 0800 542 2002.

How much is my scrap car worth?

To find out how much your car is worth, visit www.rewardingrecycling.co.uk or call 0800 542 2002 where you will be able to get a free and instant quote. To find out the value of your car, all you need is your car registration and postcode. The closer your smart car is to one of the nationwide service centres, the bigger the bonus for your scrap car will be.

All values given reflect the value of the vehicle along with daily updated metal and used car market prices.

Once you have received your quote and have decided that you wish to continue with recycling or scrapping your car, you can choose from 2 different payment options: faster payment or BACS Bank Transfer.

Waste Batteries.

All battery producers in the UK are required to be registered with the Government as part of an EU-wide initiative to increase battery collection/recycling and completely prohibit the landfill/incineration of car batteries, industrial and portable batteries.

Start-up Batteries (batteries)

As a producer of automotive batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, we Mercedes-Benz Cars UK Ltd. are obliged to collect, free of charge and within a reasonable time, waste automotive batteries for treatment and recycling from final holders e.g. garages, scrap yards, end-of-life vehicle Authorised Treatment Facilities, Civic Amenity Sites, etc. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new automotive batteries on the market.

If you require us to take back any automotive batteries, please contact us via your chosen Mercedes-Benz Retailer. We will agree the necessary arrangements for the collection, proper treatment and recycling of the waste automotive batteries.

Portable batteries

Portable batteries i.e. sealed batteries that can easily be carried and found in items such as car remotes, alarm controls, torches, mobile phones, MP3 players, calculators can be taken to your nearest Mercedes-Benz Retailer for collection. Other collection points are available at places such as large supermarkets and shops, DIY stores as well as civic amenity sites.

To find your nearest recycling facilities for automotive and portable batteries visit https://www.recycle-more.co.uk.

Electric Car Batteries or hybrid Batteries (Industrial Batteries)

From 1 January 2010, businesses that place hybrid batteries or electric car batteries onto into the UK market have an obligation to arrange for the treatment and recycling of these batteries. If you have an electrical car battery or a hybrid battery, please contact your nearest Mercedes-Benz smart Retailer.

What is a hybrid car battery made of?

A hybrid car battery is similar to other batteries, except it is rechargeable. There are three major types of batteries which can be used in a hybrid car; lead-acid, nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) or lithium-ion (Li-ion).

Furthermore, the wheel arch linings of our vehicles are made of 100% recycled plastic. The advantages are obvious: environmental compatibility and recyclability.

As a producer of industrial batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, we Mercedes-Benz Cars UK Ltd. produce Lithium-ion batteries.

We are obliged to take back free of charge, waste industrial batteries supplied to an end user for treatment and recycling. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new industrial batteries on the market.

If any of our customers or in certain cases other end users, require us to take back Industrial batteries, they should contact us via your chosen Mercedes-Benz Retailer. We will agree the necessary arrangements for the return, proper treatment and recycling of the waste industrial batteries.



* Autogreen's network of Authorised Treatment Facilities and take-back points will take registered Mercedes-Benz vehicles. These sites will not charge for the disposal of these vehicles if the vehicle is complete, i.e. the vehicle must include its essential component parts, including but not limited to its engine, transmission drive, coachworks/chassis, catalytic converter, wheels, and must not contain waste. As part of Autogreen’s Rewarding Recycling Programme they may be able to provide you with a value for your vehicle’s recycled parts and metals.