Arizona launches “green” auto repair
Phoenix, AZ— Arizona Department
of Environmental Quality director Steve Owens announced that ADEQ
has launched its Arizona Green Business initiative, which will
encourage auto repair shop owners, managers, and employees to
reduce hazardous waste through the use of established pollution
prevention practices and certify shops that meet environmental
Auto repair shop owners who follow
ADEQ’s pollution prevention program can make a significant
environmental impact by eliminating or reducing hazardous waste
going to landfills and diverting potentially contaminated water
from unprotected storm drains and waterways.
Shops that successfully adopt
the pollution prevention techniques will be certified as Arizona
Green Businesses and will receive the program’s logo to
display at their facility and use in marketing and advertising.
By using water-based cleaning
systems instead of harmful chemicals, shops reduce employees’
exposure to harmful chemicals, and reduce their use of solvents,
resulting in less pollution and lowered costs. An average shop
can reduce solvent use by about 160 gallons per year by using
an Aqueous Parts Cleanings System.
ADEQ is partnering with AAA Arizona
to launch the initiative and will help guide AAA Arizona in inspecting
and certifying. There are 175 repair shops affiliated with AAA
Arizona throughout the state, and AAA Arizona will encourage these
shops to move toward Green Business certification. AAA’s
club-owned auto repair facility in Peoria is the first ADEQ-designated
Non-AAA shops that meet ADEQ’s
criteria are also eligible for the Green Business designation.
AAA Arizona has agreed to inspect and certify these shops as well,
following ADEQ’s procedures and guidelines.