Welcome to the Department of Toxic Substances Control

Automotive Repair/New Car Dealerships

picture of a new carAuto Body and Paint Shops
 
Introduction

This web page was developed by the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Compliance Assistance Team (CAT) to provide information on California hazardous waste requirements to new car dealers. The CAT worked with California New Car Dealers Association, KPA Consulting, and the California CUPA Forum to identify compliance issues that were of concern to new car dealers. This web page should be valuable to any business involved with vehicle service repair as well as other generators.

The answers below provide general information on the topic covered. For ease of use, most of the answers do not directly contain statutory or regulatory citations. However, many of the links provided go to documents that contain the citations. Be sure to consult the actual statutes and regulations before making any decisions that may impact statutory and regulatory compliance.

This web page focuses on select issues. For additional information on DTSC Generator requirements consult DTSC’s Web Page for Regulatory Assistance for Generators.



Management of Hazardous Waste in California
Error in element (see logs)

Common Violations
Error in element (see logs)

Labeling and Marking
Error in element (see logs)

Container Management
Error in element (see logs)

Tank System Inspections
Error in element (see logs)

Training
Error in element (see logs)

Contingency Plans
Error in element (see logs)

Transportation Documents
Error in element (see logs)

Biennial Reporting
Error in element (see logs)

Verification Questionnaire (VQ)
Error in element (see logs)

Source Reduction Plans and Reports
Error in element (see logs)

Housekeeping
Error in element (see logs)
housekeeping_tools

 

Each work station is provided with tools to keep area clean

Used Motor Oil
Error in element (see logs)

Air Bags
Error in element (see logs)

Seatbelt Pretensioners
Error in element (see logs)

Universal Wastes
Error in element (see logs)

Brake Rotor and Drum Resurfacing Wastes (Dusts/Fines/Powders)
Error in element (see logs)

Wheel Weights
Error in element (see logs)

Common Wastes Generated by the Vehicle Service and Repair Industry
Waste

Management (i.e., send away as)

Link to more information on waste

Used Oil Hazardous Waste

Used Motor Oil

DTSC Used Oil Fact Sheet

Coolant Hazardous Waste or Recycle and reuse onsite

DTSC Antifreeze Recycling Fact Sheet

DTSC Letter: Waste Antifreeze Recycling

Brake fluid Hazardous Waste or Verify nonhazardous DTSC Letter: Brake Fluid Recycling
Fuels Hazardous Waste  
Oil filters Drain and manage as used oil filters (metal only)

DTSC Used Oil Filters Fact Sheet

Fuel filters Drain and manage as used oil filters (metal only)

DTSC Fact Sheet: Management of Waste Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Filters

Rags Send for cleaning and reuse or Hazardous Waste Link to HSC 25144.6
(please scroll down this web page find to 25144.6)
Absorbents Hazardous Waste or Verify nonhazardous DTSC Letter: Determination of Absorbents Used to Absorb Minor Spills in Maintenance Operations
Brake pads & shoes Turn in for “core” or Hazardous Waste  
Tires Waste Tire Hauler or Hazardous Waste CalRecycle Web Page: Used/Waste Tire Manifest Program 
Paints Hazardous Waste or Verify nonhazardous DTSC Fact Sheet: Minimizing Paint Waste
Solvents Hazardous Waste or Recycle and Reuse onsite DTSC Fact Sheet: Solvent Recycling
Metal items (e.g., water pumps, alternators, power steering pumps, wheel bearings, U-joints, etc.) Scrap metal or Hazardous Waste DTSC Letter: Scrap Metal Recycling
Paint booth filters Hazardous Waste or Verify nonhazardous DTSC Letter: Disposing of Filters from Paint Booths
Machining wastes (chips) Scrap metal or Hazardous Waste DTSC Letter: Metal Shaving Recycling from Brake Repair Activities
Machining wastes (fines) Hazardous Waste or Excluded Recyclable Material to a primary smelter DTSC Letter: Scrap Metal Exclusion Pertaining to Lead Shot
Machining wastes & HEPA filter wastes (dusts/sludges) Hazardous Waste or Excluded Recyclable Material to a primary smelter DTSC Letter: Reclamation of "SWARF" and Contaminated Wipe Rags
Oil/Water separator sludge (A.K.A., clarifier waste, or sump tank sludge, or tank bottom sludge) Hazardous Waste or Verify nonhazardous DTSC Oil Water Separator Fact Sheet
Floor sweepings containing no identifiable spilled materials Regular trash

DTSC Flyer: Dry Floor Clean Up

DTSC Fact Sheet: Floor Clean Up

Floor sweepings with spilled hazardous materials Hazardous Waste or Verify nonhazardous DTSC Fact Sheet: Floor Clean Up
Lead acid batteries (Automotive) Recycle lead-acid batteries DTSC Fact Sheet: Management of Spent Lead-Acid Batteries
Batteries other Universal Waste

Universal Waste

DTSC Web page: Universal Wastes

HID lamps Universal Waste

Universal Waste

DTSC Web Page: Universal Wastes

Fluorescent lamps Universal Waste

Universal Waste

DTSC Web Page: Universal Wastes

DTSC Web Page: Universal Waste for Small Businesses - Fluorescent Lamps

Lamps other Verify nonhazardous or Hazardous Waste

Universal Waste

DTSC Web Page:  Universal Wastes

Lead wheel weights Scrap metal or Hazardous Waste

Wheel Weights

DTSC Web Page: Lead Wheel Weights

Aerosol cans, empty Regular trash

DTSC Fact Sheet: Managing Empty Containers

DTSC Web Page: Universal Waste for Small Businesses - Non-Empty Aerosol Cans

DTSC Fact Sheet: SB 1158 Designates Aerosol Cans as "Universal Waste"

Aerosol cans, not empty Universal Waste

DTSC Web Page: Universal Waste for Small Businesses - Non-Empty Aerosol Cans

DTSC Fact Sheet: SB 1158 Designates Aerosol Cans as "Universal Waste"

Empty containers, 5gal. or less Regular trash DTSC Fact Sheet: Managing Empty Containers
Empty containers, greater than 5gal. Recycle for scrap value or Hazardous Waste DTSC Fact Sheet: Managing Empty Containers
Mercury switches (trunk lights, hood lights, abs switches, four wheel drive switches, etc.) Universal Waste DTSC Fact Sheet: How to Manage Mercury Switches in Vehicles 
Air bags Hazardous Waste or Verify nonhazardous  Air bags
Seatbelt Pretensioners Hazardous Waste or Verify nonhazardous Seatbelt Pretensioners
Still bottoms Hazardous Waste   

If you have additional questions not addressed above, please contact the DTSC Regulatory Assistance Office at 1-800-728-6942 or RAO@dtsc.ca.gov.  If you have comments or suggestions for this web page, please send an e-mail to the DTSC Web Coordinator at WEBCOORD@dtsc.ca.gov.


 
 
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