Renault & the environment

Taking action for the environment means looking ahead

Renault ZOE

Innovating to meet environmental challenges

Groupe Renault is aware of the challenges and is using its DNA as an innovative generalist car manufacturer to build its environmental strategy. We advocate a model of sustainable mobility that’s broadly affordable and uses high-performance ecological processes.

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Be Mindful, Don't Idle

The issue of poor air quality is one that affects us all. Research shows that children suffer more than any other age group with one in three in the UK breathing unsafe levels of pollution. Sadly, idling vehicles during the school drop-off contributes to poor air quality and can be fined.



There are, however, things that we can all do to help improve the air quality around us.

Our environmental commitment

Nothing is forever! One day a Renault reaches the end of its service life. Although it is not suitable for daily use any more, it is not worthless and still has a value: every old vehicle contains expensive raw materials that can be recycled into the product cycle again.
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End of life vehicles

In line with the requirements of the EC End of Life Vehicle Directive, Renault owners are offered at the possibility to dispose of their vehicle at the end of its useful life, free of charge.


The End of Life Vehicle Directive applies to all pasenger cars and light commercial vehicles with up to nine seats and up to a total permissible weight of 3.5 tonnes.


Free take back is currently available for all vehicles regardless of age as from from the 1st January 2007.  As defined in the law, free take back will be provided if:


  • The vehicle is delivered to a Renault appointed take back facility
  • The vehicle contains all its essential components, in particular the engine, transmission, coachwork, wheels or catalytic converter (if originally fitted)
  • That no waste has been added to the vehicle (for example: household and garden waste, extra tyres etc...)


Renault has selected CarTakeBack to provide free take back to last owners of vehicles of the Renault, Alpine and Dacia brands.


The CarTakeBack Network covers all regions of the UK. All take back and treatment facilities operate in conformity with the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) requirements.  Vehicles will be treated to meet the recycling and recovery targets as set by EU Commission 


For more information

For more information on de-pollution and recycling of an ELV or for a guide to your nearest take back facility please see here.

In accordance with requirements stipulated in the 2009 Waste Batteries and Accumulators regulation, Renault vehicle owners can now dispose of their waste automotive, portable and Industrial batteries (from electric/hybrid vehicles) free of charge.
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Waste batteries

It is an offence to dispose of waste batteries by landfill or incineration from 1 January 2010.


Renault UK is registered with the UK Government as part of an EU-wide initiative to increase battery collection/recycling and completely prohibit the landfill/incineration of automotive and industrial batteries. Our battery producer registration number is BPRN00438.


You can return your Lead-acid starter battery to any Renault dealer when a new one is purchased or installed, or you can recycle it at one of the following:

  • Civic amenity and recycling centres
  • Local authority battery collection schemes
  • Licensed End of Life vehicle authorised treatment facilities
  • Licensed metal recycling sites


Find your nearest recycling facility here


Upon request, Renault UK will collect waste automotive batteries from a final holder* free of charge as required by the regulations. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Industrial batteries

Renault electric vehicles contain industrial Lithium batteries. If requested by an end user*, Renault UK Ltd. will take back these batteries free of charge.


If you have a battery and would like to request Renault UK  to take it back please contact us.  We will then be in touch to request some details from you and agree the necessary arrangements for the return, treatment and recycling of the waste batteries*

*as defined in The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009.