With the increased sensitivity to green issues some repair shops are advertising themselves as green. There is no specific definition of green so we want to share information that will help you make an informed decision when choosing your car service provider. Shops that advertise themselves as green may only meet the basic state guidelines while shops that do not include green in their name may go to great lengths to be environmentally friendly.
To be licensed in the State of Colorado all automotive repair shops must meet basic environmental protection standards including, recycling of oil, containment of hazardous solvents, and safe wastewater disposal practices. (For a fact sheet refer to the Auto Body and Repair Shop regulations here. ) Beyond the basic requirements of our state there are many things your automotive repair shop can do to be more environmentally friendly.
- Basic green business practices. These include buying in bulk, recycling paper, plastic and glass, reducing paperwork, purchasing recycled paper and eco-friendly cleaning products, installing energy-efficient lighting and monitoring water usage.
- Shop cleanliness practices. These include cleaning up spills immediately and using contained floor cleaners. If you are checking out an auto repair service look at their service bays. If they are clean it is an indication that business takes environmental practices seriously.
- Oil & solvents. There is no getting around the fact many products used in car servicing are hazardous. Green practices include purchasing in bulk, proper recycling and disposal and choosing sprays over aerosols when possible.
- Tires. All old tires must be properly disposed of but many still end up in the landfill. Repair shops select a service that comes and collects old tires. Some services send tires in for shredding which becomes the base for athletic fields or mulch. Ask the business what happens to your tires.You can read in detail about our green commitment here.