Scrap cars

Act in time and be aware!

It is easy to transfer a vehicle. If a new owner fails to enter the data in the traffic register and the vehicle is transferred, the previous owner remains as a registered owner. Hundreds of applications are submitted to the traffic register each year for removing a vehicle without a certificate of destruction. There are 180,946 vehicles in the inactive section of the traffic register. Vehicles in the inactive section are over 10 years old, have gone without a technical inspection for years, do not have motor insurance, and the use of such vehicles in traffic is technically impossible.

Be aware of the hazards

Unawareness causes vehicle owners to leave a vehicle to decay or sell it to illegal demolishers.

  • Scrap cars qualify as hazardous waste because they contain fluids and hazardous parts.
  • Illegal waste management establishments demolish vehicles without an impermeable surfacing, and they do not own a rainwater harvesting system nor an oil separator, ultimately endangering groundwater and the health of people.
  • Illegal waste management establishments may intentionally burn the waste; improper storing of waste may cause fires.
  • Non-compliant processing of gas in an air conditioning may endanger the health of people.

Never sell your unusable vehicle to an illegal waste manager!

  • An illegal demolisher will not issue a certificate of destruction to the vehicle owner nor enter themselves into the traffic register as a new owner.
  • If you sell your unusable vehicle to an illegal demolisher, the vehicle is transferred in the traffic register without amending the owner. Most likely, you will remain as the owner, having to deal with unpleasant consequences, e.g. compulsory insurance, and violating the requirements of the Waste Act.
  • If you notice an illegal demolition establishment, notify the Environmental Inspectorate (write to or call 1313).

Requirements pursuant to the Waste Act

  • A waste holder is required to handle the waste in their possession according to the established requirements or transfer the waste for handling to a person holding the corresponding right.
  • A person transferring waste must, under the circumstances, be convinced that the transferee holds an environment protection permit granting the right to handle the waste transferred.
  • The liability of a waste holder for handling the waste shall be terminated or transferred if the new waste holder has an environment protection permit for handling the corresponding type of waste.
  • If the waste holder delivers the waste for handling to a person not holding the corresponding right, the waste holder will be liable for the waste handling.
  • Pursuant to the Waste Act, a violation of requirements for waste management through the transfer of waste for handling to person without a waste permit constitutes a misdemeanour (section 125 of the Waste Act).
  • It is forbidden to remove a vehicle from the traffic register without a required certification of destruction.
  • Motor vehicles and parts thereof qualify as products of concern. A product of concern means a product the waste resulting from which causes or may cause health or environmental hazards, environmental nuisances, or excessive pollution of the environment.
  • Collecting and handling scrap cars requires a waste permit that is issued by the Environmental Board pursuant to subsection 76 (1) of the Waste Act. It is forbidden to collect scrap cars without a waste permit!


Scrap cars are hazardous waste and must be handled pursuant to legally established requirements and in an environmentally sustainable manner. A vehicle that is removed from use is removed from the register pursuant to a certificate of destruction that is issued by a treatment facility with an environmental permit. A treatment facility with an environmental permit is capable of reusing your vehicle.

In 2018, a total of 87% of the collected scrap cars were recycled and 91.2% recovered. Recyclable parts of scrap cars include tyres, oil filters, batteries, glass, and metal, while plastic parts and liquids are directed to energy recovery. Some scrap cars also allow the maintenance of environmental resources by reusing spare parts.

From 18 November to 2 December, the Estonian Automotive Recyclers’ Association, Kuusakoski AS, and BLRT Refonda offer free removal of scrap cars across Estonia.

After handling, Kuusakoski, the Estonian Automotive Recyclers’ Association, and BLRT Refonda issue an electronic certificate of destruction to the traffic register of the Road Administration that is the basis for removing the vehicle from the database.
More information on the scrap car campaign is available at
Estonian Automotive Recyclers’ Association, phone number 57877233, (
Kuusakoski, free short number 13660, (
BLRT Refonda, free short number 1817, (

Remember that when you hand over a scrap car, you need to submit the following documents:

  • registration certificate of the vehicle (technical passport);
  • an identity document of the person transferring the vehicle;
  • a contract of purchase and sale (if the vehicle is transferred by someone other than the owner);
  • a power of attorney of the owner (if the vehicle is transferred by someone other than the owner);

After you have sold your car, make sure that the required amendments are made in the traffic register. Vehicles that are no longer used are removed from the traffic register pursuant to a certificate of destruction.

Within the scrap campaign, 250 end-of-life vehicles were collected in 2018, whereas Kuusakoski and the Estonian Automotive Recyclers’ Association collected 430 vehicles in 2019. BLRT Refonda, the Estonian Automotive Recyclers’ Association, and Kuusakoski issue a certificate of demolition for your motor vehicle and offer your car a new life!

Last updated: 12 November 2020

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