The environment might be the last thing on your mind when you need truck, RV or auto repair in Norwalk, but, fortunately, you can do your part to reduce strain on the environment without even having to think about it when you go to a mechanic committed to using green practices.
Many vehicle repair centers still use solvent type cleaners and fluids, which can be harmful for employees to handle and have negative effects on the environment once disposed of. A green mechanic will use water-based cleaners and part-washing fluids, which are safe for human handling, won’t damage your vehicle and can be disposed of without releasing dangerous chemicals into the environment.
Most used auto electrical parts, batteries and even brake parts can actually be sent back to the manufacturer to be rebuilt, refurbished or reconditioned instead of tossed into a junkyard, and used parts with aluminum, steel or other metals can be recycled, preventing unnecessary landfill use and reducing the impact on the environment the process of producing new parts has.
Reusing waste oils
Waste oil can actually be saved and stored in approved waste tanks for further use by a green mechanic. It comes in very handy during the winter months, when it can be used to heat the auto shop.
When your vehicle gets repair services, several different types of waste often have to be extracted and disposed of. Some of these wastes are toxic enough to be dangerous to handle, so imagine what they can do to the environment if not recycled. Mechanics who recycle both on and off the site significantly reduce the amount of improperly disposed-of waste materials like metal- and petroleum-based products, which also helps keep their cost down since those materials are expensive to produce.
Even more important is the proper recycling of auto air conditioning refrigerants, which is a greenhouse gas that can significantly deteriorate the earth’s ozone layer if not processed by an approved recycler.
There are some waste materials that can’t be recycled, and repair centers are prohibited by federal law to dispose of them incorrectly. A green mechanic will always ensure that these dangerous materials are sent to companies that are licensed and approved to dispose of them in a way that doesn’t affect the environment.
Tires should never end up in landfills—they not only take up valuable space, but also leak harmful toxins into the environment, polluting the soil, water and even air. They also provide breeding grounds for pests, since they collect water, increasing the risk of diseases being spread. And they are a major fire risk, since, once heated, they become a source of fuel. The toxic smoke that comes from burning tires is not only bad for the environment, but also for humans. Yet despite these serious problems, only about a third of used tires are recycled. Your green auto mechanics in Norwalk will ensure that used tires are regularly picked up by an approved tire recycling company to be shredded and reused to make things like asphalt, concrete, bark mulch, fuel and even entire green buildings.