Salvage Yard Environmental Guidebook and Self-Audit Checklist

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingTechnical report


The salvage business has evolved into a sophisticated, technology-driven operation that constantly changes in response to innovations in industry. The modern-day salvage business needs established operating practices that realize the maximum market value of recyclable scrap, as well as provide environmental protection within the community. If you operate a salvage business, it is important for you to know the environmental laws and regulations that apply to your activities. You may need permits for air pollution sources, wastewater discharges, or waste activities. You may also be required to notify the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) for certain activities. Complying with regulations, such as getting a permit, may take some time. The earlier you look into your responsibilities, the better. In order to improve environmental protection, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) developed this environmental guidebook and self-audit checklist. Using the guidebook and checklist will help you better understand the environmental issues, comply with state and federal environmental regulations, and implement best management practices to minimize risks and liabilities.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL
PublisherIllinois Sustainable Technology Center
StatePublished - Feb 2020


  • Auto salvage -- Environmental aspects -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Auto salvage -- Regulation -- Illinois -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Compliance assistance
  • Auto salvage -- Pollution prevention
  • Auto salvage yards -- Source reduction (Waste management)


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