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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: June 16, 2011
CONTACT: Tara Mae Albert, 603 271-2938

DES Recognizes White Mountain Auto Brokers for Environmental Achievement

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services today recognized White Mountain Auto Brokers in Dalton for becoming a NH Certified Green Yard, a distinction reserved for auto salvage yards that use exemplary environmental work practices. The requirements for becoming a Certified NH 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.

Tara Mae Albert of the DES Solid Waste Management Bureau presented Brian Lee, the owner of White Mountain Auto Brokers, with a certificate and Certified N.H. Green Yard flag for display at the auto salvage yard.

White Mountain Auto Broker, Inc. was founded in 1992. Owners Brian and Patricia Lee have focused on upgrading their salvage yards, training employees in environmentally sound and sustainable work practices, and acquiring the expertise and equipment to operate the facility consistent with Certified N.H. Green Yard standards.

“Automotive recycling is the largest segment of the recycling industry nationally,” said company President Brian Lee. “We’ve worked hard to become a Certified N.H. Green Yard because it’s good business. We appreciate all the assistance we’ve received from DES in working with us. These green practices will help keep 9our North Country environment clean while providing jobs and a proper destination for end-of-life auto vehicles.”

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 Tara Mae Albert, N.H. Green Yard Program coordinator, at (603) 271-2938 or Tara.Albert@des.nh.gov and visit the DES website http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/tsei/greenyards/index.htm. High resolution photos of the banner presentation are available by contacting Tara Mae Albert.

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