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Eco Friendly Shop Looking to go green? ASA-IL has a list of products and procedures for environmentally conscious automotive repair facilities to consider.

The table below lists some of the products associated with servicing a vehicle, and steps that should be taken by facilities to reduce environmental hazards:

Product Steps Taken By Shops
Antifreeze Stored by facility in special containers and then taken to a commercial disposal plant or have recycled onsite (paid for by facility).
Used Oil & Other Fluids Stored by facility in special containers then disposed of by a licensed hauler, or burned in an approved waste-oil heater.
Oil Filters Filters are drained, drilled, or crushed. The oil is processed the same as above, and the metal parts of the filter are taken to a recycling plant.
Batteries Return old batteries to reclaimer and/or manufacturer by a certified carrier.
Used Tires Stored in an orderly fashion at facility, then taken by a licensed hauler to a storage location or a recycling center.
Refrigerants Purchasing necessary equipment, and being certified to capture and recycle refrigerants and other gases while servicing air conditioners.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) Purchasing necessary equipment, and being certified to capture and recycle refrigerants and other gases while servicing air conditioners.

Other Things to Consider:

  • Does the facility use environmentally preferable products and services?
  • Does the facility practice general pollution prevention?
  • Does the facility strive to educate its employees in environmentally safe practices?