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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

IDEM > Compliance > Land Compliance > Auto Salvage > Auto Salvage Recyclers Environmental Self-Audit Workbook > Section H: Solid Waste Management Section H: Solid Waste Management

Solid wastes generated by auto salvage recyclers can include garbage, refuse, or other discarded material resulting from industrial or commercial operations. Nearly any item at your facility that is no longer in use or usable can be considered waste. Therefore, it’s very important for you to maintain your business in a way that does not allow for the excessive accumulation or mismanagement of solid waste.

(1) Do you open dump materials at your facility?

An open dump is any waste that is not properly containerized, and is instead scattered and piled upon the ground. Solid waste materials can include garbage, refuse, construction debris, tires, commercial waste, industrial waste, ash piles, contaminated soils, household waste, or other similar items.

Open dumping of materials is prohibited by state law!

If you open dump, you will need to submit an RTC plan form. To be in compliance, you will need to immediately cease all open dumping of solid waste. Immediately remove any solid waste from the facility and take it to a state-approved solid waste management facility or recycling facility. Submit to IDEM documentation of arrangements to have solid waste removed by a solid waste hauler and documentation of the removal of solid waste. In the future, place all solid waste in a container (e.g., dumpster, trash can, roll-off) for proper management and disposal.

(2) Do you remove brake or clutch pads from vehicles at your facility?

If “NO”, skip question 2a.

(2a) Do you take measures to eliminate asbestos exposure?

If you remove materials containing asbestos, you need to take proper precautions to reduce exposure due to the health hazards associated with asbestos. Measures that can be taken include using respiratory and eye protection, and using the wet wipe method. The wet wipe method involves using a spray bottle or other device capable of delivering a fine mist of water at low pressure to wet all brake and clutch parts. The brakes/clutches can then be wiped clean with a cloth. It is recommended that the used cloths and other asbestos waste be collected and disposed of in sealed, impermeable containers that are labeled with the following information: “DANGER. CONTAINS ASBESTOS FIBERS. AVOID CREATING DUST. CANCER AND LUNG DISEASE HAZARD.”

(3) Do you remove air bags at your facility?

If “NO”, skip question 3a.

(3a) Do you take measures to safely remove non-deployed air bags?

If you remove air bags, you should take measures to ensure safety due to the health hazards associated with the sodium azide in air bags. Safety measures include using respiratory, eye, and skin protection when removing air bags; placing the air bags in a container away from sunlight; and, sending the air bags for recycling.

Illegal open dumping of solid waste.

Illegal open dumping of solid waste.

Proper solid waste disposal container.

Brake pad removal.

Non-deployed airbag removal.

For information on the health effects of sodium azide, visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site [PDF].

Auto Salvage Recyclers Workbook