News, Trends & Reports from the Automotive Recyclers Association

Jan 1, 2024 | Industry

Spanish Version of Fluid Removal Depollution Course Now Available

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ARA and the Automotive Recycling Training Institute (ARTI) are excited to announce availability of a new Spanish version of the popular Fluid Removal Depollution course, hosted on ARA University (ARAU). ARAU is available for free, 24/7 as an ARA Direct Member benefit with content specifically created for automotive recyclers and their employees.

“The needs of our Spanish speaking members and their employees has been a high priority for ARA leadership,” said ARA President, Nick Daurio. “It has been a goal of ours to translate several of our most popular courses into Spanish and we are very pleased with how this version of the Depollution course came out.”

The module covers best practices, industry standards, and regulations for fluid removal specific to automotive dismantling. Examples covered in the module include fuel, oil, other petroleum-based fluids, and antifreeze. The creation of a Spanish version of the course was funded by donations to the Automotive Recycling Training Institute (ARTI), which also provided oversight and review of the updates during the production process.

Eric Arriaga, employee at Speedway Auto Parts who took the module, had this to say: “Excellent training: helps us be aware of how to handle vehicle fluids and keep all work areas clean.” 

“The volunteer leaders of ARTI and ARA have a passion for providing high quality content and timely, accurate instruction to the entire professional automotive recycling industry,” said ARTI President, Jonathan Morrow.

“We look forward to producing more resources for our Spanish speaking members and their employees in the near future and are actively working on new modules for the University that will benefit all ARA members.”

Help your volunteer leaders continue to invest in the future educational needs of the industry by donating to ARTI today!

Scholarships Applications Available for 2024-25 – Exciting Changes

The ARA Scholarship Foundation application for 2024-25 is now available. Please let your eligible staff know as well. New this year, scholarships are available for part-time students working at least 20 hours at your business. These scholarships may be used for college, university, accredited trade, business and technical schools. Also new this year are the award amounts. The awards have increased to $1,500 per year for non-automotive related studies, $2,000 for automotive tech schools and $750 for part-time students. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2024 to be eligible for a scholarship in the 2024-25 school year.  

For new applicants, send an email to or go to Previous recipients, please go to for a renewal application.

Thank you again to all that supported the recent Scholarship Foundation Fundraisers! The funds raised will be used toward scholarships for worthy students – maybe some of yours. To donate to the Scholarship Foundation, please go to

State Legislatures to Resume Activity in January

State legislatures across the country will convene in the coming months, with issues important to the recycled parts market and professional automotive recyclers sure to be at the forefront. ARA is actively monitoring public policy issues impacting the industry at a state and federal level, including tracking proposed legislation in all 50 states.

Once the majority of state legislatures have convened, ARA will host state legislative update calls that are open to all members. ARA is also planning a Hill Day event in Washington D.C. on April 9-11.

To find out more information about either opportunity to become engaged on the advocacy issues impacting your business, please contact ARA Vice President of Strategy, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Emil Nusbaum (

Update Your ARA Member Profile and Communication Preferences

As we head into 2024, there is no better time to make sure your member profile and communications for yourself, and your employees, is up-to-date!

Check out this quick, how-to video on ARA’s YouTube channel as well as other informative and entertaining clips!


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