Auto Salvage Yards: Compliance Resources
- De Minimis–Determine if your site is covered under the De Minimis rule.
- Am I a Public Water System? If you have a private well, you may be a public water system.
- You're a Public Water System…Now What? (RG-496) – A guide for rules and regulations that apply to public water systems, especially for those who may have recently learned they own a PWS.
- Permitting a Septic System You must check with your local permitting authority, and you can use a septic system for toilet and kitchen wastewater only. Process water is prohibited.
- If you are connected to a sewer system, contact your local Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) before discharging to their system.
- If you are not connected to a POTW, you may containerize your wastewater for disposal, apply for an industrial re-use authorization, or apply for an individual permit.
- Instructions and Application to Use Industrial Reclaimed Water
- Industrial Wastewater Discharges: The Permit Process
- Stormwater Permit Information
- TCEQ Auto Salvage Stormwater Due Dates (PDF)
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) (PDF)–Sample for an Auto Salvage Yard from the EPA.
NOTE: This SWP3 does NOT contain all requirements by the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES), and should just be used as a reference.
- EPA's Auto Salvage Fact Sheet (PDF)
- What to do with Used Oil, Batteries, Antifreeze, or Used Tires
- Used Oil Recycling Program
- The Used Oil Recycling Handbook (RG-325) — Guidance for Used Oil Handlers
- What Do I Do With It Now? (GI-288) — Short guide to recycling various items (including batteries and antifreeze)
- Requirements for Used and Scrap Tire Generators (RG-513)
- What to do with Mercury Convenience Switches
- Industrial and Hazardous Waste Rules and Regulations for Small-Quantity Generators (RG-234)
- Waste Designation Decision Matrix
- Managing Paint and Paint-Related Waste under the Universal Waste Rule (RG-370)
- Hazardous Waste: There IS an Easier Way
- Hazardous and Industrial Waste-Am I Regulated?
- Nonhazardous Industrial Waste Storage, Treatment, or Disposal: Am I Regulated?
Compliance Overview Tools
- Auto Salvage Checklist
- Recovering Refrigerant at Salvage Yards–Guidance from the EPA.
- Automotive Recyclers Association
- Texas Automotive Recyclers Association
- Delinquent Fees
- Your business could be eligible for a free environmental compliance assessment. For more information, visit our Compliance Commitment (C2) Site Visit Program website.
Where can I find more information and assistance?
The TCEQ's Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section offers free, confidential help to small businesses and local governments working to comply with state environmental regulations. Call us at 800-447-2827 or visit our Web page at TexasEnviroHelp.org.