DEP Recognizes Northwest Florida's First Green Yard
08/17/2007

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently recognized the environmental commitment of Butler's Auto Recycling in Pensacola by designating the facility as a Florida Green Yard. Butler's Auto Recycling is the first facility in Escambia County and the first facility in DEP's Northwest District to complete the comprehensive program designed to protect Florida's environment.

"As Florida's 25th Green Yard, Butler's Auto Recycling has established itself as a leader in the industry," said DEP Northwest District Director Dick Fancher. "The facility has taken the initiative to protect the state's natural resources and waterways by implementing environmentally-friendly practices." With one of Florida's largest used-car part inventories, Butler's Auto Recycling implemented best management practices in dismantling areas to test, pull and clean categorized parts. The management team of the third-generation family business are leaders in the industry, having served as past officers on the Florida Auto Dismantlers and Recyclers Association and currently serving on the Board of the Green Yards Technical Advisory Group.

Representatives from Escambia County and the automotive industry joined DEP to recognize the auto salvage yard for its accomplishments at the designation ceremony.  "The Green Yard Program is the best way I have seen to get the auto recycling industry to move into the 21st century and I am proud to be one of the first," said Jim Butler, owner of Butler's Auto Recycling.

In an industry known for environmental challenges, the Florida Green Yards program helps automotive recyclers understand and comply with environmental regulations.  Automotive recyclers that achieve the Green Yards designation prevent pollution by demonstrating environmental compliance with more than 35 best management practices ranging from proper container labeling to stormwater management.

 

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