The end of life on the road for a SEAT doesn't mean that we no longer take responsibility for it. We take the entire life cycle of our vehicles and their impact on the environment into account.

Good Practice for a Better Future

Just because a SEAT is engineered for performance doesn’t mean that we don't consider the future too.

Here are three good reasons why buying a SEAT is good for today and tomorrow:

1. Weight reduction - We always aim to reduce our vehicles' weight so as to minimise fuel consumption. How? By working with lighter materials. For example, high resistance steel considerably reduces weight, as does smelting the magnesium in the framework and steering wheel.
2. Aerodynamics - At a speed of 60mph, 70% of a car’s propulsion energy is consumed to overcome wind resistance. By continuously improving the aerodynamics of our vehicles, we produce cars with markedly reduced fuel consumption. And their sleek, streamlined designs are rather easy on the eye too.
3. Engine efficiency - We design engines with highly precise technology. This means energy loss via heat and mechanical friction is minimised whilst optimising fuel consumption. That's advanced technology for an incredibly simple outcome.

Reusability and Recyclabilty

"Prevention before reduction, reduction before reuse, and reuse before recycling." This is the key principle of our environmental management approach.

  • We incorporate systems and materials that enable all SEAT models to comply with existing recycling requirements.
  • We take great care to select environmentally-friendly materials
  • We choose parts that are easy to recycle
  • We reuse recycled materials wherever possible
  • We mark the materials of different car parts to simplify dismantling for recycling
  • We make the dismantling of vehicles easier with modular building processes and specifically developed joint and tuning systems

Dismantling vehicles is a complex process that we're constantly working to improve. That's why we carry out ongoing dismantling studies on all SEAT models. This provides valuable information for the advancement of our recycling practices - and for the production of our future cars.

What Happens to Your SEAT at the End of its Life?

When a SEAT reaches the end of its road life, it doesn’t have to end up on the scrap heap. In fact, most of its components can be reused.


SEAT and other manufacturers created the International Dismantling Information System (IDIS). This system provides dismantling companies with the information they need to cause the least amount of environmental damage. This includes instructions for disposal of fluids such as oil, fuel and cooling liquids, and the dismantling of major recyclable parts.

After a vehicle has been decontaminated and divided into parts, the shredding process starts. The ferrous and non-ferrous metals are separated from the shredded material. After their reprocessing treatment in the iron and steel industry, they will eventually be used in the production of a brand new SEAT. Meanwhile, any shredded non-metallic remains are separated into various sub-groups for recycling or reuse.

Drop-off Locations

Volkswagen Group UK has partnered with Autogreen Ltd to provide a Government approved national network of certified dismantling facilities. They will take care of the environmentally friendly recovery your car once it has reached the end of its life.

To find your nearest Volkswagen Group UK appointed recycling facility visit rewardingrecycling.co.uk or call 0800 542 2002.

We also take back a large range of used parts from vehicle repairs and remanufacture on an industrial scale. These parts are sold across the world with a full manufacturer's guarantee under the name Genuine Parts.

Vehicle Batteries

When an automotive (starter) battery in your vehicle reaches its end of life, it can be delivered to the facilities listed below for disposal.

  • Garages
  • Civic Amenity and Recycling Centres
  • Local authority battery collection schemes (please check with your local council)
  • Licensed Scrap yards 
  • Authorised Treatment Facilities (car dismantlers etc).

To find out the easiest way to dispose of your battery please search the “Recycling near you” directory (http://www.recycle-more.co.uk/banklocator/banklocator.aspx).

If requested, Volkswagen Group UK Limited can arrange for the automotive batteries it has produced to be collected from the types of sites listed above. Should you wish to arrange a collection, please email environment@vwg.co.uk to contact a member of the environment team.

Industrial batteries

Businesses that place industrial batteries onto the UK market have an obligation to arrange for the treatment and recycling of these batteries. SEAT UK produce NiMH, Li-Ion and lead-acid industrial batteries. 

If any of our customers or end users (as defined in the regulations) require us to take back industrial batteries they should contact us at environment@vwg.co.uk and provide the following information:

1. Your name and address including where appropriate, your registered company name, number and address.
2. Confirmation that you are an "end user of industrial batteries" within the meaning of the Regulations.
3. The make, chemistry type and, where visible, the serial number of the battery that you wish to dispose of (the "waste battery").
4. Where appropriate and it is known, the vehicle identification number (VIN / Chassis number) of the vehicle the waste battery is fitted or from which it was taken.
5. Other relevant details relating to the request including the present location and condition of the waste battery. A photograph to help assess the condition of the battery would be appreciated.
6. If different from (1), the name and telephone number of the person who should be contacted to arrange for the collection or delivery of the waste battery. On receipt of these details we will agree the necessary arrangements for the return, proper treatment and recycling of the waste industrial batteries.

Portable Batteries

Volkswagen Group UK Ltd is a member of the ERP producer compliance scheme. To find your nearest portable battery disposal facility and find out more about the benefits of battery recycling, please visit http://www.erp-batteries.co.uk/.