What is the CARE Program?
Bernalillo County’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program teaches automobile recyclers, also known as salvage yards, how to prevent pollution. Businesses that follow at least seven of ten specified best management practices (BMPs) are being rewarded with free advertising to highlight their environmental stewardship.
Which businesses participated and are now CARE endorsed?
The following businesses have earned an Exemplary rating - signifying their achievement of ten out of ten best management practices:
A-Foreign Auto Parts
Albuquerque Foreign Auto Parts
Capo’s Truck & Auto Parts
South Coors Truck Salvage
The following businesses earned a Satisfactory rating - signifying their achievement of seven out of ten best management practices:
|A-1 Auto Salvage
||El Mexicano Truck Salvage
|ABC Foreign Auto Parts
||El Mexicano Auto Salvage #2
|ACME Auto Salvage
||5 J’s Auto Parts
|All Mini Trucks
||J and E Auto Salvage and Sales
|A&M Auto Sales and Recyclers
||Midway Auto Sales & Parts
|Brannex Truck Parts
||Raceway Auto Parts
|Broadway Truck Salvage
||Southwest Auto Recyclers
|Coors Auto Recycling
||S and V Automotive
|Discount Auto Parts
||Triple M Auto and Truck Parts
||U-Pull and Pay
- People of Mountain View are concerned about the effects of auto salvage yards on their environment and health.
- There are nine local and state agencies that regulate salvage yards. Coordinating enforcement is difficult.
- Through the CARE Project, Bernalillo County has been successful at educating owners of auto salvage yards on the importance of preventing pollution by utilizing a partnership model.
What are BMPs?
A Best Management Practice (BMP) is a business practice used by an auto recycler to reduce pollution.
BMPs consisted of four separate areas, described generally as:
Fluid storage and disposal
1. Storing all fluids (oil, antifreeze, gasoline, brake fluid and transmission fluid) inside of a building, or outside, with secondary containment.
2. Labeling all containers having fluids and assuring there are no leaking drums.
3. Properly disposing of used solvents from parts cleaning systems or recycling, collecting and disposing of wash water from water-based parts washers.
4. Properly removing all fluids as part of the dismantling procedure – prior to crushing the vehicles or before dismantling parts.
Proper parts storage
5. Removing all batteries and placing them in a covered storage area, on a watertight surface, or in a plastic, leak-proof container with lids.
6. Removing radiators, transmissions and engines from vehicles and storing them under a tarp, roof, or other cover, and off of the ground so there is no contact with rainfall or runoff. Parts can also be kept in vehicle if hood is down and covered. The fire code states that gas tanks are emptied and placed back into vehicle in a different place (back seat preferred).
7. Access to adequately sized spill kits within easy reach. No evidence of spills left unattended.
Compliance with existing environmental regulations and proper record-keeping
8. A current Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan has been signed by the US Environmental Protection Agency and is located on-site.
9. Keeping accurate and updated records for fluid disposal.
10. Maintenance of incoming vehicle inspection logs.