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Manage Waste for Auto Recyclers

Auto Recycling Facilities regularly collect hazardous materials. Dangerous wastes such as waste antifreeze, used solvent, lead-acid batteries, mercury-containing devices, lead parts, contaminated fuel, used oil and refrigerants are common. If improperly managed, these wastes may threaten the safety of you, your workers, the community, and the environment.

Here is how to manage dangerous wastes properly:

Common Wastes in Auto Recycling Facilities is a page that will help to identify wastes found in auto recycling facilities. 

Photo: Staff person dropping a mercury switch into an auto switch collection bucket.

Auto Mercury Switch Removal Program reimburses three dollars per mercury-containing switch. Auto recyclers and scrap-metal processors now have a chance to earn cash while helping to protect our future.

Vehicle Recycling Manual: A Guide for Vehicle Recycling is an Ecology publication for auto recyclers.

Vehicle Recyclers: A Guide for Implementing the Industrial Stormwater General National Pollutant Elimination Discharge System (NPDES) Permit Requirements provides vehicle recyclers with information on how to comply with the NPDES Industrial Stormwater General Permit.

Shop Guide for Dangerous Waste Management is an Ecology publication and guide to handling many types of common shop wastes.

Fact Sheet: Removal of vehicle mercury switch assemblies is a simple two-page fact sheet from Ecology on how to safely remove mercury switch assemblies.

Related information

Environmental Compliance for Automotive Recyclers (ECAR) is the compliance assistance center for the automobile recycling industry, a cooperative effort between the Automotive Recyclers Association and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Guidance for Small-quantity Generators explains how the Dangerous Waste Rules apply to businesses that produce less than 220 pounds of waste per month.

Use Proper Containers and Manage Them Correctly is an Ecology publication that explains how and why to use proper containers and manage them correctly.

Free Downloadable Dangerous Waste Labels offers labels and information on labeling requirements.

Contingency plan and emergency procedures (WAC 173-303-350) is the rule that requires regulated generators to plan for emergencies.

Dangerous Waste Emergency Information is a poster suitable for posting in small- and medium-sized shops.