Australian Certified Automotive Recycler


If you can answer “Yes” to the questions below, then you are likely in compliance with the general elements of the AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED AUTOMOTIVE RECYCLER (A-CAR) program.

Meeting the general requirements of the Code will help you prevent liabilities from leaks and spills and improve the operation of your yard

If you answered “No” to any of the questions, review your operations, talk to your peers and discuss how you can change your operation to meet the general elements of the program.


  • Does a certified or licensed mechanic or technician remove the refrigerants from end-of-life vehicles?
  • Does the mechanic or technician keep a log of all end-of-life vehicles that have been evacuated?
  • Does the mechanic or technician tag or mark vehicles once the refrigerant has been removed?
  • Do you give or dispose of the refrigerants to a certified or licensed business or recycler?
  • Do you keep all records for a minimum of 2 years?


  • Are all oils, transmission fluids, brake fluids, radiator and windshield washer fluids removed from vehicles before the shell is stored or crushed?
  • Are the fluids stored in a safe covered location with adequate containment (i.e., secondary containment) that will catch fluids if the storage containers fail?
  • Do you have Waste Oils of Fluids collected by a licenced hazardous fluids disposal transporter and do you keep the shipping records for a minimum of 2 years?
  • Do you know the thresholds of spilled hazardous liquids that must be reported to the State EPA?
  • Are small spills and leaks on the ground cleaned up?


  • Are all lead-acid batteries removed and stored in a dry location?
  • Are sludge and contaminated solids stored in a secured drum as Hazardous Waste?
  • Is Hazardous Waste collected by licenced hazardous waste transporter?
  • Do you store the transporter’s records for 2 or more years?
  • Are less than 1000 tyres on site at any one time?

Emergency Preparedness

  • Does your yard have a spill kit adequate to deal with the quantity and toxicity of hazardous fluids on site?