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
DEQ’s mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 (Pacific Northwest) serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and 271 Tribal Nations. https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-10-pacific-northwest. 

U.S. EPA, Region 10
Park Place Building
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 155
Seattle, WA 98101

206-553-1200 or 1-800-424-4372 (toll-free within AK, ID, OR, WA only). 

Stormwater Regulations
Stormwater runoff from land and impervious areas such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops during rainfall and snow events often contain pollutants that could adversely affect water quality. National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits are required for stormwater discharges to surface waters from construction and industrial activities and municipalities if stormwater from rain or snow melt leaves your site through a "point source" and reaches surface waters either directly or through storm drainage. A point source is a natural or human-made conveyance of water through such things as pipes, culverts, ditches, catch basins, or any other type of channel.

Spill Reporting 
Please call 911 immediately for emergency situations
The Oregon Emergency Response System: 1-800-452-0311
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.

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Business Assistance Program provides technical assistance on air quality rules and related environmental issues. We help small businesses understand what rules apply to them, what requirements they need to comply with and what permitting requirements apply to their industry sector. We also work with them to find practical, cost-effective solutions to their environmental concerns. 

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 Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is a nonprofit organization that is the Northwest’s leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention (P2) information. PPRC works collaboratively with business, government, non-government organizations, and other sectors to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention. PPRC believes that environmental and economic vitality go hand in hand, and that both are necessary to protect the high quality of life enjoyed in EPA region 10 states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska.  http://pprc.org/ 

PPRC's projects include:
Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR®) and NESHAP training for painters and those that apply coatings, delivered both in English and Spanish. https://www.pprc.org/spray-efficiency
EcoBiz, environmental business certification program in Oregon for auto repair & body shops, landscapers, and car washes. 


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.