Vehicle service and repair (VSR) shops can be a significant source of hazardous waste and pollution. California’s Green Station Program for VSRs is committed to reducing pollution generated from VSR shops in ways that make good business sense.
More than 31,000 VSRs currently operate in California. If you own a VSR or work in one, chances are you already practice some good pollution prevention techniques. Green Station can show you how to enhance your pollution prevention methods and, at the same time, demonstrate how these methods can potentially lead to big savings.
Going Green Can Save You Money
A significant cost to any VSR is energy and water consumption coupled with disposing of solid and hazardous waste. Becoming a certified California Green Station provides opportunities to:
♦ Reduce energy and water use,
♦ Reduce permitting fees,
♦ Reduce costs for cleaning supplies,
♦ Reduce waste hauling,
♦ Reduce hazardous waste,
♦ Increase worker safety,
♦ Increase customer satisfaction
♦ Become a leader in your community!
Important Green Station Facts For VSRs
Take a look at the column to the right to download necessary forms and documents for becoming a certified California Green Station. Look below to learn about our free fact sheets, training modules, resource directory and support materials.
- Fact sheets – identify typical hazardous wastes you may generate and ways to use P2 alternatives to reduce waste and pollution
- Training modules – video and training and technical assistance to identify and put to use the economic and environmental benefits of: pollution prevention methods, products and services within the private sector, local government agencies, and vehicle repair and fleet maintenance operations.
- Directory of Services - an electronic directory of VSR pollution prevention products and services.
- Incentives - Sponsored programs for vehicle service and repair maintenance facilities that implement pollution prevention strategies such as the CalRecycle Reduction Awards Program.
How Green Stations Are Saving
Here are examples of cost savings reported by some certified California Green Stations:
- Aqueous Brake Washing - About 20% to 80% annual cost savings for all test shops when compared to aerosol brake cleaners.
- Aqueous Parts Cleaning - Larry’s Autoworks saves approximately $14,000 annually.
- Oil Water Separators - Salem Boys saved approximately $3,000 a year.
- Refillable Spray Bottles - Salem Boys Auto also saves another $2,035 annually by using refillable spray bottles instead of aerosol cans.
- Reusable Oil Filters - Barton Sand and Gravel saved approximately $4,100 a year.
- Waste Antifreeze Recycling - United States Postal Service (USPS), Huntington Beach, experienced a seven month payback period.
Perform a shop assessment, make needed changes.
Implement required pollution prevention opportunities.
Provide Pollution Prevention training for shop employees.
Score at least 100 points on the Vehicle Service & Repair Checklist or at least 125 points on the Auto Body and Paint Checklist.
Submit a completed application.
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Auto Body & Paint Shop Application
Vehicle Service & Repair Shop Application
To complete your application, submit these documents (all files are in PDF format).
DTSC Green Station Recognition Program Application
This is the main application form and needs to be signed and dated before it is submitted.
This is a checklist for pollution prevention measures implemented at your facility. You need the 70 points for the required items, and at least 30 other elective points.
Summarize Your Environmental Benefits Form
This quantifies the environmental benefits of practicing pollution prevention measures at your facility.
P2 Opportunities Checklist for VSR
This identifies/suggests many opportunities for pollution prevention/minimization in various aspects of your facility operation. Completing this scores your first 10 points on the VSR Checklist!
A copy of your most recent hazardous materials inspection report (by Fire Dept, or Environmental Health)
*Your most recent Air Quality Management District inspection report, if they inspect your facility.