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

Regulatory Agency
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resouces (DNR) 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.

WI-DNR is dedicated to working with the citizens and businesses of Wisconsin while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

The WI-DNR issues permits for air quality, land application and water discharge as well as regulates hazardous waste in the state. The Wisconsin DNR Central Office is located downtown, near the State Capitol, in Madison, Wisconsin. DNR Service Centers are located throughout the state of Wisconsin.  The State of Wisconsin is broken down into five regional areas. They include Northern Region, Northeast Region, West Central Region, South Central Region, and Southeast Region. To find your region.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 serves Wisconsin from headquarters in Chicago, IL. 
US EPA Region 5
Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building
77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Spill Reporting
All spill incidents should be reported to DNR immediately using the 24-hour toll free hotline (1-800-943-0003). 
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.   

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 Wisconsin Small Business Environmental Assistance Program provides a comprehensive set of resources and tools to help a business determine its environmental responsibilities, in regards to complex federal and state regulations. The program also strives to help small businesses take advantage of the opportunities of sustainable practices. Identifying, measuring and managing your environmental impacts can bring tangible business value to companies of all sizes.


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.