Can an automotive shop work to reduce its ecological impact, and actually help improve our environment?
Despite all of the parts and materials we purchase every year, we generate very little waste. Over 90% of our waste is diverted from landfills! We recycle all of our:
Several years ago, we saw a big change in our waste productions from one simple change. A new product, and a new way to buy oils and automotive fluids was introduced, called an EcoBox. Think of it as a larger version of wine in a box. These boxes hold 6 gallons (22.7 litres) of oil in fully recyclable box form. When the box is empty the plastic bag liner is removed and the cardboard box goes off to be recycled like any other box. The plastic liner when compacted is smaller in size then a traditional 1 litre oil bottle and it also can be recycled. This one change in purchasing our oils and fluids, saw us go from producing 2-4 large recycling bags of empty containers a week, to our new average of 1 bag every couple of months.
Every year, thousands of pounds of wheel weights fall off vehicles or end up in landfills when tires are replaced. Most wheel weights are made of lead, which is hazardous to our health. To combat this, we collect and send all weights removed from old tires to a scrap metal recycler. When we apply new weights when completing a balancing service, we use the most environmentally friendly wheel weights available. The weights we use are 100% lead free, and plastic coated with a hardened steel hook that won’t come loose. The plastic coating ensures that they will not corrode or tarnish the face of your wheels. This means that not only are they good for our planet, but they’re good for your vehicle as well.