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Auto Salvage Recycling

Automobiles that are no longer useful for transportation are valuable because they have many different parts that can be salvaged for reuse. The auto salvage recycling industry is over 75 years old. It has evolved into a sophisticated market and technology-driven industry that must constantly change in response to innovations in automotive technology and manufacturing techniques.

To be competitive and profitable in today's markets, the auto salvage recycling process must involve more than merely crushing wrecked, abandoned, and worn-out motor vehicles. The modern-day auto recycler must establish operating practices that realize the maximum market value of every end-of-life vehicle taken in, as well as provide environmental protection within the community.

Referenced forms are available on the IDEM Agency Forms page

Regulatory Guidance

IDEM is committed to helping auto salvage recyclers ensure environmental protection. The Auto Salvage Recyclers Environmental Self-Audit Workbook explains the licensing requirement for disposal facilities, used parts dealers, and automotive salvage rebuilders and the environmental regulations applicable to auto salvage recyclers. It covers:

  • Fluids management
  • Oil
  • Underground storage tanks
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Waste tire management
  • Mercury switches
  • Solid waste management
  • Air and water regulations
  • Best management practices that minimize risks and liabilities

Forms that apply to auto salvage recyclers are available:

  • Auto Salvage Recyclers Environmental Self-Audit Checklist - 53765
  • Automotive Salvage Recycler License Application - 40248
  • Claim for Payment for Mercury Switches from End-of-life Vehicles – 53238
  • Indiana Clean Yard Best Management Practices Checklist – 53924
  • Indiana Clean Yard Certification Statement - 53766

Indiana Clean Yard Program

Auto salvage recyclers who protect the environment and their communities from pollution may qualify for recognition and receive multiple benefits from the Indiana Clean Yard Program. To qualify, owners or operators conduct a self-audit of their facility using the environmental self-audit workbook and fix any issues found. Then, they submit the Auto Salvage Recyclers Environmental Self-Audit Checklist (State Form 53765) and Indiana Clean Yard Certification Statement (State Form 53766) to IDEM. Additional details about the qualification process, the benefits of the program, and how to achieve a higher “Gold Level” of recognition using the Indiana Clean Yard Best Management Practices Checklist (State Form 53924) can be found on the Indiana Clean Yard Program page.

For Assistance

For assistance with auto salvage regulations or questions concerning compliance, contact the Industrial Waste Compliance staff. For free, confidential, compliance assistance or information about the Indiana Clean Yard Program, contact the Compliance and Technical Assistance Program staff.