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San Francisco Bay Fund Inventory of Projects

San Francisco Bay Fund Inventory of Projects

Auto Recycling Project

Organization: Sustainable Conservation
2002, 2003, and 2005 Grant Recipient - San Francisco County

Purpose
To support The Auto Recycling Project seeks to reduce water pollution levels into San Francisco Bay generated by auto dismantling.

Up to 2.5 million vehicles reach the end of their useful life in California each year. With the sheer volume of these end-of-life vehicles, or ELVs, comes the potential for significant environmental damage. ELVs contain harmful materials such as waste fuels, waste oil, lead-acid batteries, airbag canisters, ethylene glycol, mercury, nickel, lead, and cadmium.

While businesses that process ELV materials keep hundreds of thousands of vehicles and their accompanying hazards out of landfills, operators can inadvertently contribute to a range of environmental problems if fluids and parts are not disposed with appropriate care. Auto recycling facilities that process these ELV materials represent a significant yet unquantified and uncharacterized source of non-point source water pollution and contribution to The Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL). The California Regional Water Quality Control Board develops water quality objectives (TMDLs) which are sufficient to protect beneficial uses for each water body found within its region.

A collaborative effort between industry, regulators, and environmentalists, The Auto Recycling Project seeks to enhance water quality by encouraging facilities to implement improved business and best management practices on site.

NRPI Database Entry
http://endeavor.des.ucdavis.edu/nrpi/NRPIDescription.asp?ProjectPK=645
Mike Gerel and Ashley Boren were the original Directors on this project.

Documents

  • Report to San Francisco Bay Fund on the Auto Recycling Project  /  prepared by Mike Gerel, Sustainable Conservation. October 6, 2003. (5 pps.)

  • Visit Sustainable Conservation's page on Auto Recycling for further information, and to view their reports and resources, including: "Managing End-of-Life Vehicles to Minimize, Environmental Harm," Incenting Auto Recyclers Towards Environmental Excellence," auto recycling outreach poster, "Fact Sheet: A Guide for Auto Recycler Owners and Operators," and "Overview for Auto Recyclers."

Primary Contact for the Project
Ashley Boren
Executive Director
Sustainable Conservation
Phone: (415) 977-0380 Ext. 306
E-mail: ABoren@SusCon.org

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Project Photos

Improper vehicle storage outdoors.

Before: Improper vehicle storage outdoors.

Vehicle fluids entering storm sewer.

Before: Vehicle fluids entering storm sewer.

Cars and parts properly stored off ground and oil absorbent materials stored in convenient locations.

After: Cars and parts properly stored off ground and oil absorbent materials stored in convenient locations.

Oil absorbant booms placed around site, including around the storm water outflow.

After: Oil absorbant booms placed around site, including around the storm water outflow.

Last modified: 9/5/2012 2:54 PM by S. Haren

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