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How Is Your Service Center Disposing Their Waste?

2011 January 3

By Denise Owens

I took my car into my dealership for my routine oil change; the service writer asked if I would like to have my car winterized. Winterized? What’s that I asked? He then explained the procedures that will be taken to perform this maintenance. I decided to start my new year off right by having my car winterized, for the first time ever!

After my service was completed, I received my bill which had a charge for disposing of waste.  I normally don’t pay attention to my bill because I normally pay one set price for an oil change and I just didn’t notice the waste charge. So I asked what did they do with the waste?  He said a waste truck comes in and picks up the used fluids. He also said this crazy agency EPA would give us a huge fine if we didn’t dispose of it properly.  I replied you’re right; if you were to dispose it the old way, then it would cause a lot of harm to the environment.  So after our conversation I said to him, by the way I work for EPA and thanks for watching out for the environment.

Sometimes it costs to help keep the environment safe.  So I suggest asking questions when you get your car serviced, you might learn something. When having your vehicle serviced, have you ever asked your service center if they properly dispose their waste? Share your experience.

About the author: Denise Owens has worked at EPA for over twenty years. She is currently working in the Office of Public Affairs on the Web Team in Washington, DC

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. Lina-EPA permalink
    January 3, 2011

    Great blog post. Glad to see your service center is abiding by the rules. Makes me think of the Office of Resource Conservation’s campaign for the automotive repair and service industry:
    http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/materials/usedoil/ydiydi.htm

  2. armansyahardanis permalink
    January 3, 2011

    It’s Seems EPA’s Handicap. How Are The Other Countries?
    The truth always be late but the later is has the truth. The strongest EPA’s in The U.S.A. that Superpower Country has been tested by the people. Full challenges and fully problems. I appreciate to you and I asked to myself, Are the other countries be able to follow you?

  3. Brenda permalink
    January 3, 2011

    Denise this makes me wonder if he didn’t understand why EPA had these restrictions on waste disposal or if he was just blame shifting. Do business people need an understandable explanation or do they just need the words to explain it to their customers? Providing businesses with the correct and understandable words would make every contact with customers a potential teaching moment. Most people want to do the right thing once they understand why it is important.

  4. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    January 3, 2011

    Some of the biggest problems used to be dumping flamablge and toxic chemicals into city sewers or directly into creeks or rivers, or dumping them at landfills like regular trash. But that has changed. While we have to deal with the consequences of things that happened 30, 40, 50 years ago, things today are much better because of good and strong laws. But public outreach, to the business communihty and the farming community are important so that business owners and workers and farmers are aware of why the law is in place and how they and everyone else benefits through a cleaner environment and much improved public health. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  5. Mike A. permalink
    January 6, 2011

    People still dump motor oil and old fuel down drains and in the gutter. At least if it goes down a drain, the water is treated before returning to our lakes, but stuff dumped in the gutter ends up in storm drains and directly into washes, lakes and rivers. I like my water clean, for and drinking and such. Let’s try to keep it that way?

  6. Hannah Belly permalink
    March 2, 2011

    It’s all our responsible to keep our world clean and save from any chemical o[poison.

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