DES Recognizes Park Avenue Auto Parts for Environmental Achievement
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services today recognized Park Avenue Auto Parts in Salem for becoming a Certified N.H. Green Yard, a distinction reserved for auto salvage yards that use exemplary environmental work practices. The requirements for becoming a “Certified N.H. Green Yard” were developed by DES, working with the N.H. Auto & Truck Recyclers Association (NHATRA). The program is one of several initiatives the DES is implementing to improve environmental performance at auto salvage yards and provide incentive for going beyond compliance.
Melanie Doiron and Michael Guilfoy of the DES Solid Waste Management Bureau presented Michael McClellan, the owner of Park Avenue Auto Parts, with a certificate and Certified N.H. Green Yard flag for display at the auto salvage yard. There are now 23 Certified N.H. Green Yards in the state.
Park Avenue Auto Parts is a thirty-five year old business. Michael McClellan, the current owner has been in the auto salvage trade for 15 years and has owned the business for 4 years. Mr. McClellan has taken action to run a clean facility and prevent pollution that can result from such operations, including having a site investigation conducted to test for contaminants, hiring a consultant to develop a stormwater pollution plan and having an environmental mat installed in the yard. The environmental mat acts as a barrier between the ground and potential pollutants, so in the case of a spill it can be easily cleaned up. This mat is one of few that have been installed at auto salvage yards in New Hampshire.
“I have strived to become a Certified New Hampshire Green Yard because it is a good business tool and makes us a good neighbor and part of the business community in Salem,” said Mike McClellan.
Park Avenue Auto Parts is thankful to the DES for working with him and his staff to help him adopt clean practices that help keep the environment clean for the citizens of New Hampshire.
The DES has been working with over 150 auto salvage yards throughout the state to improve environmental practices and to bring them into compliance with existing state and federal environmental requirements. According to NHATRA President Jeff Kantor, New Hampshire’s auto salvage yards recycle over 50,000 end-of-life vehicles yearly. “That's enough cars to fill both lanes of Interstate 93 from Concord to Littleton,” Kantor explained. “Our association is working hard to change the negative view many people have of the auto salvage industry. For example, many people don’t realize that auto recyclers typically recover and recycle, by weight, 85 percent of the material content of a motor vehicle, making automobiles the number one consumer product being recycled today. Now, when you see a Certified N.H. Green Yard flag at a salvage yard, you will know the owner is helping to take care of New Hampshire’s environment.
For more information and to find out about becoming a Certified N.H. Green Yard, contact Pamela Hoyt-Denison, N.H. Green Yard Program coordinator, at (603) 271-2938 or Pamela.Hoyt-Denison@des.nh.gov, and visit the DES website www.des.nh.gov/sw/GreenYards/. High resolution photos of the banner presentation are available by contacting Melanie Doiron, NHDES at (603) 271-2927 or Melanie.Doiron@des.nh.gov.
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Phil Clements and Michael McClellan of Park Avenue Auto Parts
with a Certified N.H. Green Yard flag.