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Important pollution prevention challenges faced by the salvage industry include preventing the release of liquid hazardous materials such as oils and lead-acid battery contents into the soils, groundwater, and surface waters, and the release of air conditioning refrigerants such as chloroflorocarbons (CFCs) into the atmosphere. Contamination can occur at many stages of salvage operations. Soil, groundwater and air contamination can occur during vehicle disassembly and fluid drainage operations. Contamination can also result from improper parts, fluids and refrigerant storage.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with regional Solid Waste Management Districts and Alliances, put together a program to assist Vermont's auto salvage yard operators with understanding and complying with environmental regulations. As part of the program, eight workshops were held across the state. A Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide [PDF, 202KB] was developed to help auto salvage yards reduce their environmental impacts and liability. A number of fact sheets were also developed that are designed to assist operators with environmental compliance issues. All of the materials developed for the program are available on the resource pageNOTE:  For the most updated regulations, please visit the Compliance Assistance Resource Page


Regulatory Alert:

S.237 “Operational Standards for Salvage Yards”

Takes Effect:  July 1st. 2010

Learn More / Read the Bill


Fee Schedule for Salvage Yard Certificate

of Registration

(four tiered fee structure)

Environmental Excellence at Auto Salvage Yards

The newly formed Vermont Auto Recycler Association is looking for members.  To join the organization contact:  Matt Brown, Brown's Auto Salvage at  1-800-660-4290  or email,

matt [@] brownsautosalvage.com

Stay informed, join VARA (www.vermontara.com)


The National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP) voluntary incentive fund is now depleted. 

Incentive payments will continue only in states where they are required by law (AR, IL, IA, MA, NJ, RI, UT, and MD) or have a state funded program (NC, SC, and WA) but have ceased in the voluntary states, including Vermont. All other aspects of the switch collection and recovery program are continuing. 

We strongly encourage Vermont's dismantling community to continue removing switches and send them in the postage paid buckets to End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS)

Questions about this change may be directed to Mary Blakeslee at maryb@sso.org    


Beware of stolen goods. 

The VT State Police have asked that you not accept or pay for any suspicious scrap metal. Please report license plate numbers to your local Police Department of those trying to sell you suspicious metals.










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