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?