Motor Vehicle Recycling
Maine law requires motor vehicle dismantling businesses to take certain actions to prevent contamination of Maine’s land, water and air. This includes proper handling of waste such as mercury switches and mercury-added lamps, waste fluids, air-conditioning refrigerants, batteries and tires, and implementation of a stormwater control plan.
Maine’s “Junkyards and Automobile Graveyards” law requires junkyards, automobile graveyards and auto recyclers to remove automotive fluids, refrigerants, batteries, mercury switches and mercury headlamps from non-operating vehicles within 180 days of receipt and before crushing or shredding of the vehicle. Yards that have more than 1320 gallons of oils, including gasoline, diesel, heating and waste oil, stored on site also must have a “Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures” (SPCC) plan.
Federal law requires businesses that buy auto scrap to have documentation from their suppliers that all fluids, mercury switches and lead-acid batteries have been removed from the vehicles. Also, all junkyards, automobile graveyards and auto recyclers must be licensed by their local municipality.
Mercury Switch Removal Program
Enid J. Mitnik
(207) 287-8556 Enid.Mitnik@maine.gov
Small Business Assistance Program 1-800-789-9802
(207) 287-7881 Julie.M.Churchill@maine.gov
Stormwater Multi-sector General Permit Program
(207) 215-7346 Aaron.Dumont@maine.gov
- Mercury Switch Removal and Recycling Program Information
Mercury Switch Recycling Contractor: End of Life Vehicle Solutions (Off Site) for Maine specific information and Maine Log Forms (See Maine Switch Removal Forms at the bottom of the page:)
Need A Replacement Bucket? Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Off Site)
- Model Auto Salvage Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. Model Auto SWPPP (pdf file)
BMV Dealer Section - (207) 624-9000 ext. 52143 - (Off-Site)