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.

​The Indiana - Certified Auto Recycling Exemplary Standards (IN-CARES) program is the state program affiliate to the ARA CAR Program. IN-CARES meets the ARA CAR program standards and are specific about the Indiana regulations governing waste management, permitting and safety in the state. 

Regulatory Agency
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) was established in 1986. Since then, IDEM has grown to employs some of Indiana's most qualified engineers, scientists and environmental project managers specializing in air, land, pollution prevention and water quality issues. Staff members provide environmental oversight and technical assistance around the state. IDEM is the regulating body for Indiana auto recyclers' waste management and stormwater permitting. 

To help auto salvage/recyclers understand the environmental regulations that apply to them, IDEM created the Auto Salvage Recyclers Workbook (downloadable in PDF). This workbook can also be used to help auto salvage recycling businesses apply for an award from the Indiana Clean Yard Program. For more information, contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Auto Salvage Program Visit http://www.in.gov/idem/landquality/2465.htm.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 office in Chicago, IL oversees state programs for federal hazardous waste management requirements (40 CFR Parts 260-279) and stormwater permitting (40 CFR 122)  in Indiana.   For more information, contact the Region 5 Environmental Protection Agency at 312-353-2000.

Spill Reporting 
Under IDEM's Spill Rule, a spill is defined as a release of more than one pint or one pound of an objectionable substance that could threaten to enter the ground water or surface water of the State of Indiana. Spills that occur on your property must be immediately cleaned up and properly disposed.
Not all spills are reportable. As a general rule, all spills should be reported if they:
  •Create a risk to public health from fire or explosion;
  •Are not contained within a building;
  •Come in contact with soil or water; or
  •Leave the property, or threaten to enter the waters of Indiana (including ground water).

If you determine that the spill must be reported, do so by calling IDEM's Environmental Emergency Hotline as soon as possible, but no later than two hours after the incident, by calling 317/233-7745 or toll free at 888/233-7745.

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.

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. P2Rx builds networks, delivers P2 information, and measures P2 program results. 

​The Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) http://www.glrppr.org/ 
GLPPR serves the Great Lakes region of the United States (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) and Canada (Ontario).

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.
Congratulations CAR STAR Award Winner 2016! 
CAR Certification standard of excellence highest achievement.