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 Minnesota - Certified Auto Recycler (MN-CAR) program is the state program affiliate to the ARA CAR Program. MN-CAR standards meet the ARA CAR program standards and are specific about the Minnesota regulations governing waste management, permitting and safety in the state. 

Regulatory Agency
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) monitors environmental quality, offers technical and financial assistance, and enforces environmental regulations. The agency finds and cleans up spills or leaks that can affect our health and environment. Staff develop statewide policy, and support environmental education.

In 1967, a growing awareness of the environment's fragile nature led the Minnesota Legislature to create a new state agency, one with a unique challenge and a demanding responsibility: to protect the air, waters and land of our great state. The Minnesota Legislature gave authority to the MPCA to begin controlling pollution problems in the state three years before the first Earth Day and the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The MPCA issues permits for air quality, land application and water discharge as well as regulates hazardous waste in the state For more information, MPCA has offices in eight cities across the state of Minnesota. Information about these offices is available on the MPCA Offices webpage. To contact MPCA by phone, call 651-296-6300 in the Twin Cities area, or toll free at 800-657-3864.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 serves Minnesota from headquarters in Chicago, IL. 
US EPA Region 5
Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building
77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

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. 

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 build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure 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.