Our Commitment to the Environment
Instead of using less expensive, therefore more harmful, options for hte management and disposal of products and resources, our company commits to being environmentally responsible. We believe the positive environmental impact we make today is the footprint for tomorrow.
What steps do we take to protect the environment?
- Recycle 100% of all petroleum products, antifreeze, transmission fluid, and Freon
- Recycle 85% to 95% of the water used in washing your vehicle
- Use biodegradable cleaning products (cleaning rags are re-used and never disposed of)
- Equipment motors are continuously staggered to reduce overall energy consumption
- Use about 25 gallons of fresh water per wash (compared to about 120 gallons used when washing your vehicle at home)
- Our Lube Center and Auto Repair locations are official used oil drop off centers
All Lube Center and Auto Repair sites serve as official used oil drop-off centers. Individuals who dispose of their oil at home through the garbage or down the storm drain may not be aware of the significant harm this can have on the environment. Once in the storm drain, the oil will run to rivers, lakes and streams and contaminate the water supply. Keep our water clean and protect local wildlife by bringing your used oil to us so it can be recycled.
Not only does recycling your oil protect the environment, but it provides new resources. Oil can be reprocessed and burned for heat in furnaces or in power plants that generate electricity to your home, school or business. Oil can also be refined and transformed into a base for lubrication oil for factory and other types of machinery. According to the American Petroleum Institute, just two gallons of recycled oil can generate enough electricity to power the average American household for a whole day.
Do you know how harmful washing your car at home is? Exhaust fumes, gas, oil, as well as the detergent you use goes into storm drains which lead to rivers, streams and creeks. Those chemicals poison aquatic life and destroy other ecosystems.
To avoid pollution of the ground around our sites, the Auto Spa uses only biodegradable cleaning products. Our products meet the criteria for human and environmental health as set forth by the EPA’s Design for the Environment program.
It is very important to recognize the value of water conservation in our everyday lives. We continuously aim to maintain an eco-friendly business.
To maintain our vehicles, oil and other automotive fluid filters are changed on a very frequent basis. If simply thrown away as trash, they take up significant space in our landfills while carrying toxic fluids that can pollute the local environment.
While these filters are not yet able to be recycled, we take an extra step and crush all oil and fluid filters prior to disposal. The crushing process removes excess fluid remaining in the filter and compresses the filter to reduce the landfill space used by 75%.
Landfills generate methane gas, which is harmful to the earth’s atmosphere and considered a major contributor to global climate change. Reducing the chemicals and other non-biodegradable materials in the landfills means a healthier environment for all of us to enjoy.