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 U.S. Virgin Islands 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
​US Virgin Island Department of Planning and Natural Resources’ (DPNR) has undergone a paradigm shift from “business as usual”. This shift was necessary to ensure the efficient delivery of services consistent with the Department’s mandates: to protect, maintain and manage the natural and cultural resources of the Virgin Islands, through the coordination of economic development, in collaboration with local, federal and non-government organizations, enabling present and future Virgin Island generations to live safer, fuller lives in harmony with their environment and cultural heritage.

EPA Region 2 serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and eight Indian Nations.  https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-2 

EPA Region 2 
Ted Weiss Federal Building
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
(877) 251-4575

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. 

Stormwater Regulation
The Water Pollution Control Program is responsible for administering the Virgin Islands’ Territorial Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) which regulates the discharge of pollutants into the waters of the Virgin Islands. Pursuant to 12 V.I.C. Section 185, all discharges into the waters of the Virgin Islands require a permit. The Program administers individual permits and general permits. Applicants are required to apply for new or renewal permits at least 180 days before the intended date of commencing discharging or before the existing permit expires.

Spill Reporting 
​If you have an emergency, please call 911

National Response Center
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.

The National Response Center (NRC) is a part of the federally established National Response System and staffed 24 hours a day by the U.S. Coast Guard. It is the designated federal point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological and etiological discharges into the environment, anywhere in the United States and its territories. 

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 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.