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 Michigan Certified Automotive Recycler (MICAR) program sponsored by Automotive Recyclers of Michigan (ARM) certifies that participating automotive recycling facilities meet specified general business, environmental, safety, licensing, and regulatory standards. MICAR has been approved and accredited by the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA). MICAR certified facilities who are also members of ARA are considered to be participating members of ARA’s CAR program and are eligible to participate in ARA’s Gold Seal Program which focuses on excellent customer service and satisfaction, quality parts, and professional business practices.​

Regulatory Agency
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) promotes wise management of Michigan's air, land, and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities, and vibrant economy. Michigan DEQ offers small business assistance through the Environmental Assistance Center: 800-662-9278.  Expertise is offered in the major regulatory programs including: Air Quality, Geological Survey, Land and Water Management, Remediation and Redevelopment, Waste and Hazardous Materials, and Water.

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 
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.  

The Environmental Assistance Center (EAC) is the one-stop shop for all of your environmental regulatory compliance needs. Whether it's direct one-on-one telephone assistance, producing training events, or developing plain English publications, staff from the major environmental protection programs stand ready to provide timely and accurate information and assistance on a wide array of environmental topics. The EAC also serves as a single point of entry into all DEQ environmental programs. By calling the EAC at 800-662-9278 number from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, business, industry, local units of government, and the general public can receive direct one-on-one assistance or referral to a network of technical staff within the DEQ. You can also send an email to the Environmental Assistance Center.  http://www.michigan.gov/deq

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.   

The Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) http://www.glrppr.org/ 
GLRPPR 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 2012! 
CAR Certification standard of excellence highest achievement.