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
DEP's Office of Water Programs administers and oversees departmental programs involving surface and groundwater quantity and quality planning, and soil and water conservation. https://www.dep.pa.gov/

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic) office administers and enforces federal hazardous waste management requirements (40 CFR Parts 260-279) in the state serving Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and 7 federally recognized tribes. 

US EPA Region 3
1650 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5000, or 800-438-2474 in the Region 3 states

Stormwater Regulations
The federal regulations at 40 CFR 122.26 identify specific classes of industrial facilities that must apply for NPDES permit coverage. In addition, DEP may require any other facility not identified in the federal regulations to obtain a permit if DEP finds that the facility or activity is resulting in the discharge of pollutants to waters of the Commonwealth.

Spill Reporting 
If this is an emergency, please call 911
​DEP maintains a 24 hour emergency response hotline with Duty Officers on call in each DEP Regional Office for dispatching response personnel to emergency and incidents within DEP purview. To report an environmental emergency, please call:
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. We build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results.   

Environmental Sustainability Resource Center http://esrconline.org/ 
The ESRC serves the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 3 and 4 with comprehensive online resources, news and information about pollution prevention. The center utilizes regional and national expertise to provide P2 information that is critical to state environmental agencies, businesses, educators, technical assistance providers and the general public.

The Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)  https://great-lakes-pollution-prevention.istc.illinois.edu/
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.