Auto Salvage Yard Facilities Certification Program For Technical Issues Many of the documents on this page require Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Click here to upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Reader. For best results, please download the form to your desktop/device. 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. Thanks! Additional Resources Auto Salvage Yard Certification Program Documents Fact Sheet Frequently Asked Questions 2019 Certification Workbook 2019 Certification Checklist Package Certified Facilities List DEM Regulations & Policies Rules and Regulations for Hazardous Waste Management DEM Air Pollution Regulations Mercury Regulations Mercury Regulations Waste Tire Storage and Recycling Regulations Regulations for the Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES) 250-RICR- 150-10-1 RI Environmental Compliance Incentive Act Policy Mercury Info Mercury Topics Page RI Mercury Reduction & Education Act- Auto Mercury Switches NEWMOA Mercury Reduction Program EPA Region 5- Automotive Mercury Removing Mercury Switches from Vehicles (Quicksilver Caucus) End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) Educational Materials Michigan Mercury Switch Video- "The 48 Second Solution" Storm Water Info US EPA Storm Water Program DEM's RIPDES Storm Water Program Other Rhode Island 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 Publications 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 News Environmental Compliance for Auto Recyclers News (ARA/ECAR) Service Alert Walk-in service at DEM's Permit Application Center (PAC) at DEM Headquarters in Providence is now available Contact 401-222-4700 ext. 77265 or email DEM.PAC@dem.ri.gov with questions or if you wish to set up an appointment for other services. If you are seeking assistance for wetlands or OWTS/septic systems, please call 401-222-4700 and ask for the person on-call for the specific program.