Florida auto salvage yard completes environmental
Venus, FL— The Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) recognized the environmental
commitment of Ole South Salvage Yard by designating it as a Florida
Green Yard. Ole South is the first salvage yard in DEP’s
South District to complete the comprehensive program designed
to protect Florida’s environment.
“Preventing soil pollution
demonstrates environmental leadership by example,” said
DEP South District director Jon Iglehart. “Green Yards protect
Florida’s drinking water resources while practicing responsible
business tactics through their commitment to DEP’s program.”
Ole South Salvage Yard is a 42-acre
facility containing more than 4,000 vehicles for salvage and parts.
Best management practices are used in the dismantling areas to
test, pull and clean categorized parts. Ole South’s commitment
toward a cleaner environment is a new way to process salvage vehicles
“Running a clean facility
begins with properly handling environmentally sensitive materials,”
said Butch Thompson, operator of Ole South Auto Salvage Yard.
“Using best management practices now is a vital step protecting
the environment for our children.”
In an industry known for environmental
challenges, the Green Yards program helps automotive recyclers
understand and comply with environmental regulations. After attending
an educational workshop, facility operators are required to submit
a series of six modules documenting compliance. Automotive recyclers
that achieve Green Yards designation prevent pollution by demonstrating
environmental compliance with more than 35 best management practices
ranging from proper container labeling to managing stormwater.