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
Colorado department of public health and environment https://cdphe.colorado.gov/ 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 (Mountains and Plains) serving the states Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.  https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-8-mountains-and-plains 

US EPA, Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202-1129
800-227-8917 (toll free Region 8 states only: CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
Español: 202-564-9924

Stormwater Regulation
​In compliance with the provisions of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act owners or operators of stormwater discharges associated with non-extractive industrial activity, as defined in this permit, are authorized to discharge from authorized locations throughout the State of Colorado to specified surface waters of the state, in accordance with the eligibility and permit application requirements, effluent limitations, monitoring requirements, inspection requirements, and other conditions set forth in this general permit (COR900000).

Spill Reporting 
Any discharge of pollutants to waters of the state (which include surface water, groundwater, or features like dry gullies or storm sewers leading to surface water) must be reported to 1-877-518-5608 within 24-hours of discovery. 

The notification must describe, at a minimum:
  • The date, time, estimated length of time, and approximate volume of the discharge.
  • The cause of the discharge.
  • The level of wastewater in the discharging impoundment(s).
  • Whether the discharge entered, or could enter, waters of the United States. 

A spill which does not reach surface water does not have to be reported, but will likely require clean up and mitigation. Contact your Ag Program representative to determine what actions are necessary. 

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. 


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. 

Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center encourages adoption of pollution prevention (P2) practices by businesses, and works with technical assistance providers to promote P2 and environmental management. Peaks to Prairies is operated by Montana State University Extension in cooperation with EPA Region 8 states (CO, MT ND, SD, UT and WY) and offers access to current P2 information and contacts, encourages collaboration and leveraging of resources between states and programs, and distributes quality P2 information through websites, listservs, and presentations.

Peaks to Prairies is part of the P2RX™ national network of regional centers dedicated to improving the dissemination of pollution prevention information in the service provider community.  http://peakstoprairies.org/

Peaks to Prairies' projects include: 
Sustainable Business Webinar series 

Auto Body Topic Hub http://www.peakstoprairies.org/resources-toolkits/auto-body-topic-hub/ 


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.