About this Event
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 14, 2021
Kowalski Auto Parts City earns fifth environmental award
INDIANAPOLIS: Kowalski Auto Parts City has moved into a select group of auto recyclers by receiving the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's (IDEM) Indiana Clean Yard award for the fifth time. IDEM recognized the facility’s achievement with the presentation of a certificate to owner Mark Kowalski during a site visit. The facility is located at 25958 St. Rd. 2, South Bend, Ind.
Salvage yards receive and store wrecked vehicles containing antifreeze, gasoline, oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, batteries, mercury switches, and tires. If not managed properly, wrecked vehicles stockpiled in salvage yards can pose an environmental threat. IDEM is committed to helping auto salvage recyclers ensure environmental protection.
IDEM has partnered with Automotive Recyclers of Indiana, Inc. (ARI) to develop the "Indiana Clean Yard" recognition program to reward auto salvage yard operators who meet two different levels of requirements: “Indiana Clean Yard” and “Indiana Clean Yard – Gold Level.”
All Hoosier businesses, including auto salvage recyclers, can obtain free, confidential compliance assistance and request confidential site visits by contacting IDEM’s Office of Compliance and Technical Assistance (CTAP) at 800-988-7901 or by visiting the CTAP website at idem.IN.gov/ctap. For more information about IDEM's Indiana Clean Yard program visit idem.IN.gov/partnerships/2454.htm or the IDEM auto salvage program web page at idem.IN.gov/waste/waste-industries/auto-salvage-recycling/.
(From left to right) Hani Sharaya, IDEM's Senior Environmental Engineer, Mark Kowalski, owner, Jenn Kowalski, Angel Kowalski, and Joe Eguilar.
About Auto Recyclers of Indiana
The Auto Recyclers of Indiana (indianaautorecyclers.com) serves the interests and concerns of the automotive recycling industry of Indiana.
IDEM (idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.
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