CAR Certification

Certified Auto Recyclers 
Many professional automotive recyclers use a certification program to attain and maintain compliance with environmental, safety and transportation rules applicable to salvage facilities. The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) Certified Auto Recyclers (CAR) program sets a standard of excellence as the path to compliance.

Regulatory Agency
​Arizona Department of Environmental Quality  https://www.azdeq.gov/

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Pacific Southwest implements and enforces federal environmental laws in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and 148 Tribal Nations. 

EPA Region 9 
75 Hawthorne Street 
San Francisco, CA 94105 
The main office of EPA's Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9) is located in the South of Market area of downtown San Francisco.

Stormwater Regulation
Industrial stormwater permitting is an important part of the federal Clean Water Act and the State Surface Water Protection Program law to ensure surface water quality. Certain industrial activities are required to obtain permit coverage in order to discharge stormwater to protected surface waters. Unlike wastewater that is treated before being discharged to protected surface waters, stormwater does not get treated. The stormwater program relies on best management practices to minimize pollutants in stormwater discharges. 
ADEQ issues the industrial stormwater MSGP in Arizona. 

Spill Reporting 
For emergencies, call 911. First responders will notify us if environmental emergency services are needed.
State law requires that each facility operator notify the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's (ADEQ) Emergency Response Unit within 24 hours of any oil spill at 602-771-2330 or toll free at 800-234-5677. https://www.azdeq.gov/EnvironmentalComplaints

National Response Center
​If the hazardous condition involves the release of an EPA regulated material or an oil as defined by the EPA, the release may also need to be reported to the National Response Center at (800) 424-8802. Federal Reporting is required within 15 minutes of event occurrence or discovery.

The National Response Center (NRC) is a part of the federally established National Response System and staffed 24 hours a day by the U.S. Coast Guard. It is the designated federal point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological and etiological discharges into the environment, anywhere in the United States and its territories. 

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program  https://nationalsbeap.org/states
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality http://www.azdeq.gov/

To better serve the people of Arizona, ADEQ created My Community to provide information about environmental issues, plus actions to address them, in your community. With this easy-to-use online tool, you can quickly learn about what’s important to you and your family.  http://www.azdeq.gov/press-releases/featured-current-news 

Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) http://www.p2rx.org/
P2Rx is a national partnership of regional pollution prevention information centers funded in part through grants from EPA. We build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results. 

Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) https://unrbep.org/wsppn/
​Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) is an alliance of pollution prevention (P2) programs throughout EPA Region 9 which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada and is part of a national network of pollution prevention centers around the country called the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange or (P2Rx). 

The network serves as a technical resource for regional P2 issues through researching, consolidating, and disseminating P2 information. WSPPN was established in 1997 and is run as a service provided by the Business Environmental Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.​

WSPPN projects include:
P2 training and webinars, including online introductory video courses in P2 101, and Green Chemistry 101. http://wsppn.org/webinars/ 

The Green Business Program Resource, which includes information about green business certification programs and links to selected certification programs across the country. https://unrbep.org/services/

WSPPN collaborated with the California Green Business Program Network to help replicate California's green business program tools and measurement tracking systems nationally. A partnership with California, Oregon and Washington to advance the collaborative goals of the 2015 West Coast Green Chemistry and Safer Products Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).


The following fact sheets are designed to assist automotive recyclers with operating their businesses and managing their wastes in compliance with the environmental laws in their state. Select from the list below.