The end of a SEAT’s road life is not the end of our responsibility for it. We take the entire life cycle of our vehicles and their environmental impact into account.

Good Practice for a Better Planet

Just because a SEAT is engineered for sportiness doesn’t mean it hasn’t got strong envronmental credentials built-in, too.

Here are three good reasons why buying a SEAT is good for both your driving enjoyment and Mother Nature:

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 install engines with highly precise TDI and FSI technologies. This means energy loss via heat and mechanical friction is substantially reduced, lowering fuel consumption even more. That's extremely 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 telephone 01908 548584 and ask to speak to a member of the environment team.

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/