One of the ways Orozco’s Auto Service is contributing is their 5,000 mile oil change program. With higher quality oil Orozco’s Auto Service recommends changing your oil every 5,000 miles instead of some of the other shops that use a lower grade of oil to save money and recommend changing your oil every 3,000 miles.
Orozco’s Auto Service takes part in recycling programs for much of their waste. From oil, batteries, tires and more here are a few examples and facts how Orozco’s Auto Service is Going Green!
Used oil can be re-refined into lubricants, processed into fuel oils, and used as raw materials for the refining and petrochemical industries. Used oil filters contain reusable scrap metal, which steel producers can use as scrap feed.
To recycle used oil, processors and refiners remove water, in-solubles, dirt, heavy metals, nitrogen, chlorine, and oxygenated compounds from oil drained from automobiles or other machines. The resulting product—called “re-refined” oil—must meet the same stringent refining, compounding, and performance standards as virgin oil for use in automotive, heavy-duty diesel, and other internal combustion engines, and hydraulic fluids and gear oils. Extensive laboratory testing and field studies conclude that re-refined oil is equivalent to virgin oil—it passes all prescribed tests and, in some situations, even outperforms virgin oil.
Tire Recycling – 88 percent of companies report recycling tires.
Greater than 300 million tires are scrapped annually in the U.S., around one tire per person. By weight, about 89 percent of those tires are put to new productive use, including recycling and fuel. Recycled scrap tires are used to produce products such as playground material, rubberized asphalt, mulch and athletic fields.
Battery Recycling – 98 percent of companies have battery recycling methods in place.
Around 63.3 million batteries were recycled in 2010, with about 95 percent of the battery being recycled. Plastic is melted and pelletized for reuse in new battery cases, lead is recycled for new lead plate or other battery parts, and battery acid is neutralized and released, or converted into sodium sulphate for industrial usage.
Scrap Metal Recycling – 96 percent of companies recycle scrap metal.
The most commonly recycled metals are iron and steel, aluminum and copper. Typical parts recovered include alternators, brakes, engines and transmissions.
Automotive Part Re-manufacturing – 88 percent of materials used in re-manufacturing are sourced from original parts.
Auto parts have been recycled for over 80 years. Re-manufactured starters, for example, reuse half of the original. Re-manufactured parts are typically 50 – 75 percent of the price of new ones, while requiring less energy and new material consumption in the process.
A/C Refrigerant Recycling – $1.5 billion spent on equipment and training.
The automotive service industry has been recovering and recycling mobile air conditioning refrigerants for more than 20 years, adapting with the times as various refrigerants have been phased out. Service providers are required to follow the strict requirements of Section 609 of the Clean Air Act.