How Is Your Service Center Disposing Their Waste?

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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