I-CARE in USA
The Certified Automotive Recycling Environmental program was developed by Sue Schauls, Executive Director of the IOWA Automotive Recyclers Association, in 2012. It has been the central element of the industry certification program for Iowa since then.
Sue has also played a leading role within the US national industry body, the Auto Recyclers Association, in promoting environmental compliance and supporting the development and operation of the ARA Certified Automotive Recyclers program.
The I-CARE principles developed in IOWA are now incorporated in the ARA national certification framework.
More information on the IOWA program can be viewed here.
I-CARE in Australia
The Auto Recyclers Association of Australia Limited (ARAA) was formed in July, 2010 as a national independent organisation to represent all auto recyclers across all States and Territories. Its purpose was to provide auto recyclers with industry representation independent of other motor trades sectors.
An independent association (APRAA) had previously covered the industry but it merged with the multi-sector motor trades association (MTAA) in 2006. As a consequence, MTAA owned APRAA. Soon after, disputes between MTAs led to a number of State associations resigning their membership of MTAA. The auto recycling industry no longer had national coverage. APRAA could not offer the industry a national voice.
ARAA remains national in its structure and approach to industry issues. It is 100% focused on the automotive recycling industry. Its objective is to work on behalf of all auto recyclers, supporting and promoting the legitimate industry and ensuring auto recyclers are recognised by the broader community for the vital role they play in our society.
Promoting environmental compliance across this industry has been at the heart of ARAA’s activities for the past decade. ARAA has adapted the principles underpinning the IOWA program, and combined these with the GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL DUTY (GED) framework embodied in the Victorian ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ACT that will commence operation on 1 July, 2021.
Information in this website has been drawn from the publication AUTO RECYCLERS GUIDELINE (Publication 1810, April, 2020) produced by the Environment Protection Authority, Victoria, Australia.
The new Victorian Environment Protection Act operates from 1 July 2021. A centrepiece of the new legislation is a GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL DUTY (GED) which requires businesses and individuals conducting activities that pose a risk to human health and the environment to understand those risks and take reasonably practicable steps to eliminate or minimise them.
The EPA Guideline notes that activities undertaken by the auto recycling industry can have significant impacts to human health and the environment.
As such, it is crucial that an Auto Recycler eliminate or reduce these impacts and manage any residual adverse impacts appropriately.
Outlined herein are some of the storage and transport control methods for different types of recycled materials generated at auto recycling sites. These are drawn from the EPA Guidelines.
A recycler can use the EPA Guide to help inform the decisions and steps they take to minimise and manage their risk.
It contributes to what they ought to know about the harm, or risk of harm, to human health and the environment, and controls available to eliminate or reduce those risks.
The EPA states this information is for general guidance only and should not be relied on as a complete statement of a recyclers’ obligations or the law.
The EPA Guide does not constitute legal or other professional advice. A recycler should obtain professional advice for their specific circumstances. Because it is intended only as a general guide, the EPA guide may contain generalisations.
EPA Victoria states it has made every reasonable effort to provide current and accurate information, but it does not make any guarantees regarding the accuracy, currency or completeness of that information.
Other laws and regulations which are not administered by EPA also apply to the operation of auto recycling sites. It is a recycler’s responsibility to ensure their operations comply with all applicable laws
The above Disclaimers apply to material drawn from the EPA Guide as presented herein.