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Green Tips for Automotive Recyclers
By addressing the 12 activities below, you will be well on your way
toward becoming a Green Auto Recycler.
New arrivals are checked for fluid leaks and batteries are removed.
Core storage areas are regularly checked to make sure fluids are not
leaking onto the ground or exposed to rainwater.
Used oil tanks/containers are labeled
"Used oil" and inspected
regularly for good condition.
Antifreeze tanks/containers are labeled as
"Good antifreeze" or "Waste antifreeze" and inspected regularly for good condition.
Gasoline tanks/containers are labeled
"Good gasoline" or "Waste
gasoline" and inspected regularly for good condition.
A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) has been developed and implemented, if required.
Batteries are stored inside on a pallet or outside in a leak-proof
container away from traffic areas.
Refrigerant recovery machines (R12 and R134a) are in working
condition and in good repair.
All drums and storage containers are marked with proper contents- NO mystery drums.
Disposal records for used oil, waste gasoline, batteries,
refrigerant, etc. are maintained in order at a central location on site for a minimum of 3
Spills are addressed immediately and any contaminated soils are
removed quickly and stored in a separate, labeled container.
Waste tires are stored in a central location and never allowed to
Aqueous Parts Washers are environmentally friendly.
Try citrus oil or baking soda to kill mosquito larvae in
water collecting in tires.
Keep containers closed except when
adding or removing wastes. This includes the bung.
Do check with your local solid waste authority to ensure oily
solid wastes can be disposed of in the trash.
Treat Florescent Light bulbs as hazardous waste- they
Don't dispose of used absorbents, contaminated soils, or used
in cars to be crushed or shredded.
Don't flush wastewater from your pressure washing or floor
cleaning activities down a storm drain or into the soil!
Don't store more than 1500 tires -- unless you have the
Lead acid batteries are exempt from hazardous waste
regulations only if they are recycled or returned to a
battery manufacturer and documentation is maintained.
Petroleum products can be mixed with used oil only if
they have not been mixed/contaminated with hazardous wastes
such as solvents, brake cleaner or carburetor cleaner.
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