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.

Auto Recyclers in Puerto Rico utilize the ARA CAR program as a resource. Facilities that have achieved certification communicate to the marketplace that they have successfully undergone a comprehensive assessment and their processes and organization meet defined standards.

Regulatory Agency
Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB) or La Junta de Calidad Ambiental de Puerto Rico (JCA) 
http://www.jca.pr.gov/  is the principal environmental protection regulator in Puerto Rico. 

La Junta de Calidad Ambiental es la agencia del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico que tiene la función principal de proteger y conservar el medioambiente, utilizando sabia y juiciosamente los recursos necesarios para impedir y eliminar daños que puedan afectarlo manteniendo un balance entre el desarrollo económico y el ambiente, a tenor con lo que establece la Ley 416 de septiembre de 2004, mejor conocida como la Ley sobre Política Pública Ambiental.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 office administers and enforces federal hazardous waste management requirements (40 CFR Parts 260-279) in Puerto Rico. However, the Caribbean Environmental Protection Division (CEPD), covering Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, serves as the primary liaison on environmental issues and problems with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Territory of the Virgin Islands governments as well as regulated industries and authorities. CEPD is comprised of about 60 people who conduct inspections, identify violations and develop enforcement actions, and implement clean water, drinking water, air, Superfund, hazardous waste, toxics and other EPA programs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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. We build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results. 

Solid Waste Authority (ADS) is a government agency created under Law 70 of June 23, 1978, as amended, with the ministerial duty to establish and implement concerning public policy technical, administrative and operational aspects Of solid waste management. ADS provides technical assistance.

Puerto Rico Solid Waste Management Authority
P.O. Box 40285
San Juan, PR 00940
Contact: Brenda Colón
Phone: 787-765-7575 x4227
E-mail: bcolon@ads.gobierno.pr
Web site: www.ads.pr.gov/
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.


Update on the EPA enforcement actions in Puerto Rico.