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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Antifreeze Recycling Equipment Vendor Information
Abstract: This list identifies companies who have indicated that they manufacture equipment for recycling antifreeze. Please note that this list is only a partial representation of providers and is updated periodically. This list should not be seen as an endorsement or approval of the businesses by Ohio EPA. Users of this list are encouraged to research the compliance status of any business they utilize.
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/auto/antfrez2.html

Antifreeze Recycling Services
Abstract: This is a list of contact information for antifreeze recycling services serving various states in the U.S.
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/auto/antfrez1.html

Automobile Recycling
Abstract: Overview of Michigan DEQ's efforts to bring pollution prevention concepts to automobile recycling. Includes links to fact sheets and reports on their projects as well as links to other sites.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
URL: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/1,1607,7-135-3585_4130-12580--,0
0.html

Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA)
Abstract: The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is an international trade association that represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of automotive parts, and the safe disposal of inoperable motor vehicles.
Source: ARA
URL: http://www.autorecyc.org/

Automotive Recyclers Association of New York (ARA-NY)
Abstract: ARA-NY is an industry association for automobile recyclers in the state of New York.
Source: Association of New York Automotive Recyclers
URL: http://www.arany.com/

Automotive Recyclers of Michigan (ARM)
Abstract: The Automotive Recyclers of Michigan strive to unite, assist and educate our members, to promote fair trade, and to create a positive image of our industry. ARM has a state-wide membership base. Industry members work together for the improvement of business while active Lansing participants monitor new legislation effecting the industry. Regular meetings provide a social exchange and a platform for addressing automotive recyclers business concerns.
Source: Automotive Recyclers of Michigan
URL: http://www.automotiverecyclers.com/

Automotive Recyclers of Minnesota (ARM)
Abstract: Automotive Recyclers of Minnesota is an association of approximately 100 automotive recyclers in Minnesota all of whom supply used auto parts to individuals, collision repairers, insurance repairers, and other out of state recyclers. Its mission is to engage in, advance, support, promote, and administer education, information and other vital benefits to improve the auto recycling industry in Minnesota.
Source: Automotive Recyclers of Minnesota
URL: http://www.autorecyclersmn.net/

Battery Recyclers/Brokers & Disposal Facilities
Abstract: This is a list of contact information for battery recyclers/brokers from throughout the United States. The types of batteries each recycler accepts is specified, including car batteries, lead acid batteries, household batteries, etc.
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/recyc/battery.html

C& H Salvage Corp
Abstract: C & H Salvage Corp. supplies L.K.Q. (like kind and quality) used auto parts to the repair trade and public. They are a Gold Seal Certified Automotive Recycler, meaning that they maintain the highest industry standards concerning the environment, safety and general business standards.
Source: C & H Salvage Corp.
URL: http://www.candhsalvage.com/index.htm

Car Heaven
Abstract: Car Heaven is an innovative initiative of the Clean Air Foundation, designed to take high polluting cars off the road. Car Heaven accepts donated cars, which are recycled, and the proceeds from the sale of the car parts support worthy charities. Those donating vehicles receive a free tow, and a minimum $60 charitable receipt for their donated car. Donated cars are picked up and processed by a local member of the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) in communities throughout Ontario.
Source: The Clean Air Foundation
URL: http://www.carheaven.ca/

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and Motor Vehicle Air Conditioner Disposal
Abstract: Air conditioning units in motor vehicles that contain refrigerants must be removed prior to disposal of the unit. This web page provides information on recycling vs. reclamation, recovering refrigerant during motor vehicle air conditioner disposal, five steps to insure compliance regarding refrigerants for motor vehicle salvage facilities, appliance recycling, a motor vehicle dismantling checklist, a verification of refrigerant removal form and resources for further information.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/cfc-mvairdis.html

Compliance Manual for Indiana's Auto Salvage Facilities [PDF]
Abstract: The purpose of this manual is to provide the auto salvage facility sector with concise, comprehensive environmental regulatory information in an easy-to-use format. This manual contains information concerning the various environmental rules with which auto salvage facilities must comply and for which IDEM has jurisdiction. (PDF Format; Length: 88 pages)
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
URL: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-ead-tas-usedoil.pdf

Concerned Auto Recyclers (CARS) of Wisconsin
Abstract: The mission of CARS is to promote safe automotive recycling through education. The CARS web site includes a searchable inventory of parts available; a members list of auto recyclers and affiliates; a newsletter; a publication called the ?Employee Page? that addresses specific issues of interest for employees of CARS members; a section on safety and loss control; a calendar of events; and a list of industry links.
Source: CARS
URL: http://www.carsofwi.com

End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS)
Abstract: The End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation (ELVS) was created by the automotive industry to promote the industry's environmental efforts in recyclability, education and outreach, and the proper management of substances of concern. Participating Members of ELVS are: BMW of North America, LLC, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, International Truck & Engine, Mack Trucks, Inc., Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., Nissan North America, Inc., Subaru of America, Inc., Volkswagen of America, Inc., and Volvo Trucks North America. End of Life Vehicle Solutions manages, on a nationwide basis, programs to collect, transport, retort, recycle, or dispose of elemental mercury from automotive switches. The ELVS web site provides information on medium and heavy-duty trucks, the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program, educational materials (including videos showing how to remove certain switches from specified vehicles), recycling opportunities via The Environmental Quality Company (EQ), and mercury switch recovery program reporting for various states. An interactive map on the home page allows users to click on states to view regulatory information related to mercury switches for that state.
Source: Automotive Industry (Various Partners)
URL: http://www.elvsolutions.org/

End of the MPCA?s Salvage Yard Program [PDF]
Abstract: The fact sheet provides information and lists the accomplishments of the MPCA Salvage Yard Program, which ended in 2001.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://proteus.pca.state.mn.us/publications/changes/salvagey
ards.pdf

Environment Canada?Vehicle Scrappage Programs
Abstract: This portion of the Environment Canada web site describes voluntary accelerated on-road vehicle scrappage programs throughout Canada. These programs, run by local organizations in communities across Canada and supported by partners including Environment Canada, are designed to improve air quality and help reduce smog?forming and climate change emissions by permanently removing older, high emitting vehicles from Canadian roads.
Source: Environment Canada
URL: http://www.ec.gc.ca/media_archive/press/2003/030616_b_e.htm

Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Guide for Automobile Recyclers [PDF]
Abstract: This guide is designed to inform automobile recyclers about registrations, permits and regulations pertinent to the industry, and to aid automobile recyclers in developing pollution prevention measures that can minimize waste and promote environmental compliance. (PDF Format; Length: 44 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
URL: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/autorecyclersmanual.p
df

Florida Automotive Recyclers? Handbook [PDF]
Abstract: This handbook includes: suggested best management practices for incoming cars, vehicle crushers and housekeeping, general waste management, vehicular fluids, filers, refrigerants, lead, mercury, scrap metal, waste tires, cleaning solutions, cleaners, other vehicular wastes, and process auto salvage wastes. Also included are information on spills, waste handling management and disposal practices, waste streams, waste reduction and pollution prevention, links and other resources for further information. Though information on regulations and contact information may apply only to Florida, the best management practices presented are applicable to any auto salvage yard. (PDF Format; Length: 53 pages)
Source: Florida DEP & Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
URL: http://www.floridacenter.org/brochures_bulletins/automotive_
recyclers_handbook.pdf

IDEM Auto Salvage
Abstract: IDEM is addressing environmental problems originating from the auto salvage facility sector. IDEM's goal is to increase the auto salvage facility sector's compliance with the environmental laws and regulations that apply to the sector, thereby reducing the potential for pollution. This long-term project takes a comprehensive, integrated approach to the auto salvage facility sector in Indiana. The project includes a compliance assistance manual, workshops, and inspections.
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
URL: http://www.in.gov/idem/4993.htm

IL: How to Manage Your Used Tires
Abstract: This fact sheet explains why tire stockpiles are a concern, the regulations that apply to businesses that store used tires in Illinois, and related information.
Source: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
URL: http://www.epa.state.il.us/small-business/used-tires/index.h
tml

Illinois EPA Used Tire Program
Abstract: This portion of the IEPA web site provides an overview of the regulations that apply to facilities that handle used tires in Illinois, and the various used tire cleanup efforts of the agency. The site also includes links to used tire facts and information.
Source: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
URL: http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/tires/index.html

Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1110
Abstract: Effective July 1, 2006, this act requires manufacturers of motor vehicles offered for sale in Indiana to develop and implement a plan to remove, collect, recover, and recycle or dispose of certain mercury switches from end of life vehicles (except those motor vehicle manufacturers that have never installed mercury switches in their motor vehicles). Also requires motor vehicle recyclers to remove all mercury switches from end of life vehicles and provides for a payment out of the solid waste management fund (SWMF) to a motor vehicle recycler for each mercury switch removed.
Source: Indiana General Assembly
URL: http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2006/HE/HE1110.1.html

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)
Abstract: ISRI is the trade association of the scrap processing and recycling industry. It represents 1,300 companies that process, broker, and industrially consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, and textiles. Suppliers of equipment and services to this industry complete ISRI's membership. A primary association objective is to bring about a greater awareness of the industry's role in conserving the future through recycling and in increasing recycling by promoting Design for Recycling®. It aims to help the scrap recycling industry develop in a sound, environmentally responsive manner and to foster public awareness of and appreciation for the value of the industry in the nation's production of goods and services. Its headquarters and 21 chapters represent its interests to the Executive Branch, Capitol Hill, and every state legislature. The association also exists to provide training and education to its members through seminars, workshops, roundtables, an annual convention and exposition, publications, and audiovisuals. It provides public education about the benefits of recycling, as well. Visit the ISRI web site for contact information for chapters throughout the Great Lakes region.
Source: ISRI
URL: http://www.isri.org/

ISRI Policy Position?Automotive Mercury Switches
Abstract: This policy statement explains the ISRI stance that to the maximum extent possible, mercury switches should be removed from end-of-life vehicles prior to being delivered to a scrap processing facility. ISRI also believes that automotive manufacturers should make every effort possible to design mercury out of automobiles. (PDF Format; Length: 1 page)
Source: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)
URL: http://www.isri.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home1§ion=Po
licy_Statements1&template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&Content
FileID=1345

Management of End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) in Ontario
Abstract: This report includes the proceedings and draft recommendations of the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) Roles and Responsibilities Forum, held April 28, 1999. The report is the result of input from experts who spoke at that forum as well as subsequent research, and outlines current practices in Ontario as well as other jurisdictions, and the regulatory and voluntary management framework for end-of-life vehicles in Ontario. Ordering information is available on this RCO web page.
Source: Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO)
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/20/19906.htm

Managing Scrap Metal, Catalytic Converters & Wheel Weights [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet discusses management of scarp metals commonly found in automotive repair and salvage industries, including lead scrap (such as wheel weights), catalytic converters, cores, and other scrap metal. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us////////waste/pubs/4_27.pdf

Mercury Contamination From Metal Scrap Processing Facilities
Abstract: This Ohio EPA report, written by Radicha Sastry, James Orlemann, P.E. and Paul Koval, shows significant mercury emissions at electric arc furnaces resulting from mercury in scrap, and a relationship between scrap type and mercury emissions. (PDF Format; Length: 10 pages)
Source: Ohio EPA
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=UUSMdsm
%2FrWs%3D&tabid=2818

Mercury Use?Automotive Sector [PDF]
Abstract: The Wisconsin Mercury SourceBook was designed as a working document to help guide communities through the process of writing comprehensive community mercury reduction plans. This section of the SourceBook contains: information on mercury-containing products unique to the automotive industry as well as products used in other sectors; case studies; action ideas; a sample proclamation that explains the mercury issue and possible mercury minimization options for the automotive industry; and current mercury projects within this industry. (PDF Format; Length: 21 pages)
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/auto.pdf

Mercury?Automotive Topic Hub
Abstract: This primer is intended as a quick guide to the essential pollution prevention information on mercury in automobiles, as well as a compilation of pertinent on-line resources. It includes background information on the sources of mercury in automobiles, information on collection programs and alternative products, guidelines for handlings, recycling, disposal and dealing with spills, and a database of mercury reduction programs. The primer was developed by the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) as part of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) national Topic Hub project. For more information on this project, see www.p2rx.org.
Source: NEWMOA and P2Rx
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/hubs/toc.cfm?hub=104&subsec=7&nav=7

MN: Motor Vehicle Transfer Fund: History and Expenditures [PDF]
Abstract: This legislative fact sheet provides background information and details on the use of the Motor Vehicle Transfer Fund (MVTF). The MVTF was established to pay for environmental issues associated with motor vehicles, such as waste-tire management, and more recently, salvage-yard outreach activities. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/publications/lfs-motorvehicle.pdf

Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning
Abstract: This portion of the U.S. EPA web site includes information for service technicians and car & truck owners, as well as information on retrofitting A/C systems, initiatives to reduce refrigerant emissions, links to several fact sheets and regulatory information.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/609/index.html

Motor Vehicle Salvage Facility Environmental Compliance Manual [PDF]
Abstract: MPCA created this manual to help salvage yard owners, operators and employees manage and dispose of waste in an environmentally safe way. This manual offers a wide range of waste management techniques. Included are chapters on: general operating procedures; draining, dismantling and storage practices; and waste handling, storage and disposal practices. (PDF Format; Length: 92 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/publications/manuals/salvageyard-
manual.pdf

National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program
Abstract: EPA announced a national program August 11, 2006 that will help cut mercury air emissions by up to 75 tons over the next 15 years. The National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program is designed to remove mercury-containing light switches from scrap vehicles before the vehicles are flattened, shredded, and melted to make new steel. Together with existing state mercury switch recovery efforts, this program will significantly reduce mercury air emissions from the furnaces used in steel making -- the fourth leading source in the United States after coal-fired utility boilers, industrial boilers and gold mining. Under the program, automobile dismantlers will remove the mercury-containing light switches from scrap vehicles prior to the vehicles being flattened and then shredded at scrap recycling facilities. The program will also provide a financial incentive for those who remove mercury switches. The National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program is the result of a two-year collaborative effort involving EPA, the End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Steel Manufacturers Association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the Automotive Recyclers Association, Environmental Defense, the Ecology Center (Ann Arbor), and representatives of the Environmental Council of the States. This portin of the EPA web includes a fact sheet on the program and the Memorandum of Understanding.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/switch.htm

New Hampshire Green Yards Program
Abstract: The New Hampshire Green Yards Program is designed to help vehicle recyclers improve environmental practices at their salvage yards. This portion of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services web site describes the program, provides program publications, offers information on upcoming events and recent developments relevant to this sector, and links to resources for further information.
Source: New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
URL: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/tsei/gre
enyards/

New York State Automobile Recyclers Initiative
Abstract: This portion of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site describes the New York State Automobile Recyclers Initiative. To assist automobile recycling facilities in improving their pollution prevention measures and environmental compliance with state laws and regulations, the NYSDEC established an Automobile Recycler Work Group. The Automobile Recycler Work Group has integrated existing state and local regulatory programs, bringing a greater level of inter-agency coordination to ensure that facilities are aware of and meeting their regulatory requirements. NYSDEC has also developed and distributed a compliance and pollution prevention manual for automobile recyclers. It also sponsors free environmental training workshops to support the use of this manual and to educate facility owners and operators on the best way to manage their automotive wastes, implement pollution prevention measures and minimize environmental problems.
Source: NYSDEC
URL: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/armainpage.html

NY: Statewide Waste Tire Cleanup to Begin This Fall
Abstract: This article from the September 2004 edition of the Environmental DEC newsletter describes a plan to clean up 95 waste tire stockpiles in the state of New York, and to recycle scrap tires for use in state highway projects. Includes information on the Waste Tire Management and Recycling Act of 2003, and efforts to prevent future waste tire stockpiles.
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
URL: http://www.recycle-steel.org/

NY: Summary of Laws, Rules, and Regulations Relating to Automobile Recycling
Abstract: This list provides a brief review of generally applicable statues, and is not meant to be inclusive of all federal, state and local laws, regulations or ordinances.
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
URL: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/arlrr.html

Ohio Auto & Truck Recyclers Association (OATRA)
Abstract: The Ohio Auto & Truck Recyclers Association (OATRA) represents the interests of Ohio auto and truck recyclers in the Ohio House and Senate. OATRA also assists members with regulatory compliance; builds productivity, profitability and effectiveness in member operations; saves members money through practical programs designed specifically for members; creates opportunities and environments for members to make industry contacts; and provides essential communication and information links.
Source: Ohio Auto & Truck Recyclers Association
URL: http://www.oatra.com/

Ohio EPA Publications: Auto Salvage Yards
Abstract: Portal to Ohio EPA information on salvage yards. Includes links to relevant Ohio EPA Small Business Assistance Office publications.
Source: Ohio EPA Small Business Assistance Office
URL: http://ohioepapubs.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/ohioepapubs.cfg/php/
enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid=2QAKCcpi&p_lva=&p_li=&p_access
ibility=0&p_page=1&p_cv=2.106&p_pv=&p_prods=0&p_cats=102
%2C106&p_hidden_prods=&prod_lvl1=0&cat_lvl1=102&cat_lvl2=106&p_search_text=&p_new_

Ohio's Voluntary Mercury Switch Removal Program for Auto Recyclers
Abstract: The Ohio mercury switch removal program for auto recyclers is sponsored in a partnership between Ohio EPA and the End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) as part of the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program. The program encourages recycling and helping to reduce mercury releases to air, water and soil, which can endanger both the environment and public health. This program is completely voluntary. Auto recyclers who participate will receive $3.00 for every switch turned in for as long as program funding remains available.
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/ocapp/sb/switch_removal_program.h
tml

Oil Filter Recycling and Transportation for Ohio and Other States
Abstract: This fact sheet provides information on oil filter recycling and a list of oil filter recyclers for Ohio and various other states.
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/reg5rcra/wptdiv/tanks/oilcontacts.htm

Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA)
Abstract: Auto Recyclers purchase end-of-life and accidented vehicles, and ensure that all vehicles are retired in an environmentally sound manner. Auto Recyclers are a valuable source of low cost, high quality used auto parts. Since its inception, OARA has been a working partner with other automotive associations and government working groups on waste oil, CFCs, scrap tires and wrecked or salvaged vehicle issues.
Source: OARA
URL: http://www.oara.com/

Pennsylvania Automotive Recycling Trade Society (PARTS)
Abstract: Established in 1964, "PARTS" is the trade association representing hundreds of responsible quality automotive recyclers in Pennsylvania. Members agree to abide by an industry code of ethics and offer quality recycled reusable replacement automotive parts at substantial savings.
Source: PARTS
URL: http://www.parts.org/

Philadelphia Automotive Scrap Yard Compliance and Enforcement Program
Abstract: To address concerns about the environmental impact of auto salvage yards, the program was developed by the City of Philadelphia, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and with the assistance of various trade and organizations such as the Southwest Philadelphia Scrap Dealers Association, PARTS, and others. The aim of the task force is to educate and assist all those scrap yard operators eager and willing to comply with various laws and regulations. The program web site includes information on laws affecting scrap metal dealers; scrap metal, used auto parts and the environment; an environmental compliance screening checklist; frequently asked questions; and addtional information and contacts.
Source: City of Philadelphia Managing Director?s Office
URL: http://www.phila.gov/mdo/scrapmetal/

Product Stewardship Opportunities Within the Automotive Industry [PDF]
Abstract: This report presents information on the vehicle design process, materials used in vehicles and some of the trends in materials used. It also describes factors that can influence materials used, and presents challenges and opportunities to address materials of concern, recyclable materials and recycled-content in vehicles. Prepared for the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (MOEA) by Five Winds International. (PDF Format; Length: 151 pages)
Source: MOEA and Five Winds International
URL: http://www.moea.state.mn.us/publications/autoPSreport.pdf

Putting the Brakes on Quicksilver: Removing Mercury From Vehicles in Ohio [PDF]
Abstract: This report addresses an additional important source of mercury, for which a small window of opportunity remains for a simple pollution prevention action: mercury containing switches in vehicles. Written by Michael W. Murray, Ph.D. with research assistance by Knoll Larkin and Liz Szaluta of the University of Michigan. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: National Wildlife Federation
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/docs/NWF-OH-AutoSwitchReport.pdf

Refrigerant Reclaimers and Handlers
Abstract: This is a list of contact information for refrigerant reclaimers and handlers from throughout the United States.
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://epawebapps.epa.state.oh.us/Recyclers/jsp/results.jsp;
jsessionid=rYGgKyhf9YyMjv19s2zrxFGTswlnnH2qKBhnngM8pThbp
QSJP9vc!1116625794

ReinCARnate Vehicle Recycling Program
Abstract: Sponsored by the Recycling Council of Ontario, Canada, ReinCARnate is an initiative aimed at old car recycling. Under the program, an old auto gets dismantled and recycled by a certified recycler for parts, fluids, and materials, and the owner receives a free tow and charitable tax receipt. The program is funded through corporate sponsorship and revenue from the scrap value of each end-of-life vehicle.
Source: Recycling Council of Ontario
URL: http://communitylinks.cioc.ca/details.asp?RSN=1250&Number=13

Salvage Yards and the Environment: The Next Generation
Abstract: This fifteen-minute video gives an overview of the "best management practices" for running a cleaner salvage yard. It teaches the important and necessary processes to follow to salvage cars in an environmentally safe manner. While intended for salvage yard operations, much of the information is useful for home mechanics that should follow many of the procedures for handling old automotive parts. The video is available for loan from the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (MOEA). Contact MOEA at 520 Lafayette Road N., 2nd Floor, St. Paul, MN 55155-4100 or call 651-215-0232.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL:

State Mercury Car Switch Initiatives
Abstract: Automobiles have historically used mercury-containing switches. The chemical and physical properties of mercury are used in mechanisms to turn on the hood, trunk, or door lights when they are opened, and/or to operate some anti-lock brake systems (ABS systems). While most manufacturers are committed to designing new cars without mercury in the switches, the problem remains for all of the mercury switches contained in cars on the road today. Unless programs are in place to collect these mercury switches before the automobiles get crushed and recycled, mercury can be released into the air, soil and water during crushing, or from subsequent management in electric arc furnaces (EAFs). A number of state regulatory agencies have raised concerns regarding the use of mercury switches in automobiles and have taken steps to address this problem through legislative efforts, pilot projects and outreach campaigns. This portion of the U.S. EPA web site lists descriptions of state car switch programs throughout the U.S., with links to program web sites where available.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/mercury/carswich.htm

Steel Recycling Institute
Abstract: The Steel Recycling Institute web site includes an entire section on steel recycled from automobiles. Note: this web site is in frames format. To access the automobile related information, select ?Publications? from the navigation bar on the left. Then select ?Cars? from the menu across the top of the screen. The resulting page provides an overview of the steel and iron used in automobiles, with links to more specific information on the recycled content of automobiles and the basics of automobile recycling. This page also provides information and links to more specific information on recycling used oil filters and steel tire wire recycling.
Source: Steel Recycling Institute
URL: http://www.recycle-steel.org/

Toxics in Vehicles: Mercury, Implications for Recycling and Disposal [PDF]
Abstract: Produced by the Clean Car Campaign of the Ecology Center, Great Lakes United, and the University of Tennessee Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies, this report examines the use of mercury in automobiles and estimates its releases to the environment from end-of-life vehicle (ELV) processing. It holds that emissions from vehicle recycling and disposal practices are one of the largest sources of mercury contamination to the environment. The report examines strategies for cleaner production and proposes key policy solutions to eliminate mercury hazards from new and existing vehicles. (PDF Format; Length: 76 pages)
Source: Clean Car Campaign
URL: http://www.cleancarcampaign.org/pdfs/toxicsinvehicles_mercur
y.pdf

Transportation Services and the Environment
Abstract: This portion of the MPCA web site includes checklists and fact sheets about proper handling and disposal of materials related to auto repair facilities. Includes information on air bags, air conditioning, antifreeze and filters, lead-acid batteries, brakes and clutches, computers and circuit boards, vehicle dismantling procedures, fuels, lighting, oil and filters, mercury switches, scrap metal, catalytic converters, wheel weights, stormwater and wastewater concerns, solvents, spills, tanks, tires, vehicle storage and more. The fact sheets are available in PDF format.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/industry/ts-main.html

Used Oil Recyclers
Abstract: This is a list of contact information for used oil recyclers in various states (most are located in Ohio).
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/recyc/oilmark.html

Vehicle Dismantling Procedures [PDF]
Abstract: Fluid spills are most likely to occur while dismantling, draining or storing vehicles, parts and cores. Proper dismantling, draining and storage procedures help prevent pollution, such as fluids seeping into ground water, waste contact with stormwater run-off or air conditioning refrigerant escaping into the air. This fact sheet discusses proper motor vehicle dismantling procedures for repair and salvage industries. (Length: 2 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/pubs/4_63.pdf

Waste Lead Acid Batteries: Management Requirements for Generators and Transporters [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet provides guidance on regulations, management and storage of lead acid batteries, transportation, and recycling of lead acid batteries. (PDF Format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/aw/wm/publications/hazard/wa_385.pdf

 


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Hub Last Updated: 8/2/2012