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Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code (CAREC)

All Our Members Are Certified to Meet the Standards of the Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code (CAREC)

The National Code of Practice for Automotive Recyclers was developed by the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) in 2008 for recyclers participating in the National Vehicle Recycling Program called “Retire Your Ride” in order to standardize the process for recycling end-of-life vehicles (ELV’s) and to protect our water, air and soil from the harmful materials they contain

After the Retire Your Ride program ended in March 2011, the Code of Practice was renamed the Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code (CAREC) and expanded to cover all end-of- life vehicles (not just those targeted by the Retire Your Ride program).

CAREC has 3 main goals:

  • To convey the legal and mandatory requirements before, during, and after the recycling process and promote best management practices within the industry;
  • To promote pollution prevention and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in the vehicle recovery industry to reduce the ecological impact of the automotive sector; and
  • To ensure that there is a consistent set of practices that are aligned, as much as possible, with federal, provincial, and municipal laws
  • and regulations, as well as with product and industry stewardship programs, where applicable.

SARA has made it a policy that any new or existing member must be audited by an independent third party and be certified to meet the standards of the Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code.

Read more about CAREC, go the their website here.

Canadian auto recyclers environmental code

Code of Ethics

As a condition of membership in the Automotive Recyclers or Canada, our members agree:

  • To respect the reputation, profile and status of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada, and represent the association accordingly;
  • To operate according to the ordinances, statutes and laws of the various jurisdictions;
  • To promote the conservation of energy and the total utilization of our natural and manufactured resources;
  • To minimize the reduction of usable automotive parts to scrap, as long as we believe there remains a reasonable potential of saving the energy it represents, by negating the need to manufacture a similar replacement part;
  • To maintain a clean and non-polluting environment in and around our place(s) of business;
  • To participate in the functions and activities of the association, and where possible lend my/our business and professional expertise

Saskatchewan Auto Recyclers Association

  • Jack Smith, President