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Auto Salvage Yard Certification Program Documents
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Rhode Island
Auto Salvage Yard Facilities Certification Program

image of salvage yard items (tire, oil)

The automobile manufacturing industry is the largest manufacturing industry in the world. Every year, over 11 million vehicles end up at auto recycling facilities (often referred to as junkyards or auto salvage yards). In the United States, the auto recycling industry employs more than 40,000 people and there are an estimated 7,000 vehicle recycling operations nationwide.

The dismantling of vehicles for reusable or recyclable parts and fluids and the sale of remaining materials as scrap has gone a long way toward lessening the burden on landfills.

However, potential human health and environmental risks associated with auto salvage operations are diverse and variable - arising from a broad array of physical, chemical, and biological hazards.

Such hazards include:
  • the potential for fire or explosion at improperly managed sites

  • the transmission of diseases where yard areas serve as vector-breeding habitats, for instance, for mosquitoes

  • soil, surface water, and groundwater contamination resulting from the improper management of solid and hazardous waste, including mercury switches

  • air releases of asbestos fibers, fugitive dust, and/or volatile organic compounds
In order to minimize such hazards and improve environmental regulatory compliance, the Rhode Island Auto Salvage Yard Facilities Certification Program is an effort to share information with operators of auto salvage facilities about compliance with applicable environmental regulations and best management practices, and allow auto salvage yard operators to certify that they are complying with these environmental regulatory requirements.

This site provides resources to explain and comply with regulatory requirements, including information and needed documents for the Auto Salvage Yard Facilities Certification Program, for auto salvage yard operators.

It also provides educational resources on many topics relating to auto salvage yard operation.
Contact us:
Department of Environmental Management
Office of Technical & Customer Assistance
Auto Salvage Yard Facilities Certification Program
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Telephone: (401) 222-6822
Fax: (401) 222-3810

We welcome your questions, and value your comments. Please provide as many details as necessary.


Other RI State Agencies
Dept. of Business Regulation
(Auto Wrecking & Salvage Yards)

Web Resources
EPA New England Auto Salvage &l Auto Recyclers Homepage

US EPA Product Stewardship- Vehicles

Environmental Compliance for Auto Recyclers

National Environmental Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse: Auto Salvage

Steel Recycling Institute

American Iron & Steel Institute

Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA)

Vermont SIRI MSDS Collection & Health & Safety Info

US EPA- Hazardous Waste Manifest System

Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest Training Video


Rhode Island Universal Waste Fact Sheet

Hazardous Waste Identification (EPA)

Product Stewardship Opportunities Within the Automotive Industry

Industry Associations

Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA)

Auto Recyclers of Rhode Island

Ocean State Auto Recycling


Environmental Compliance for Auto Recyclers News (ARA/ECAR)

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rev. 2/10/14