Work activities in the auto recycling industry that can produce pollution and waste include, for example:

  • dismantling vehicles causing increased noise and vibration
  • draining liquids from vehicles
  • stockpiling baled vehicles on-site
  • use of equipment such as oxy cutters.

The Auto recyclers guideline (publication 1810) provides an overview of potential environmental risks within the auto recycling industry and controls you can put in place to manage your risk.

Use this guideline to learn what you can do to manage the risks of your activities causing harm to human health and the environment.

Why eliminating or reducing risk is important

Industry activities can risk harming the environment if you do not manage them. These can include harm to air, land, water and groundwater.

Eliminating or reducing the risk of harm from your activities in a structured way will help you:

Purpose of this guideline

The information in the Auto recyclers guideline is for general guidance only. Use it to help you to decide how to eliminate or reduce the risk of harm. It contributes to your state of knowledge.

While it will help you understand environment protection laws and how you can comply with them, it is not a compliance document.  

Read the guideline

The Auto recyclers guideline (publication 1810) is relevant to you if you operate a business involved in all forms of ‘vehicle’ parts recycling (i.e. cars, trucks, motorcycles, farm machinery and other industrial vehicles except boats).

It will help you manage your obligations around:
  • waste – managing different types of waste, storage, collection, transport and removal
  • contaminated land and groundwater – working out if you have contaminated land, and preventing contamination of stormwater and groundwater   
  • chemical storage and handling – managing how you store and handle liquid and solid chemicals, spill response and cleanup, and managing volatile liquids 
  • noise and vibration – scheduling works, community consultation, managing noise and vibration at the source
  • emergency management, including fire management.

Read next

Storing and handling liquids

Storing and handling solids

Assessing and controlling risk: a guide for business (publication 1695)

Management and storage of combustible recyclable and waste materials – guideline (publication 1667)

Reviewed 7 April 2020