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Thursday, 02 May 2019 21:20

Common Mistakes Body Shops Make When Recycling & Staying Green

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Wade Scheel, director of governmental affairs at Stericycle Environmental Solutions, provides related education and training services to body shop owners striving to be compliant and green. Wade Scheel, director of governmental affairs at Stericycle Environmental Solutions, provides related education and training services to body shop owners striving to be compliant and green.

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In many shops, that individual will often meet with the crew and communicate everything they need to know, but having one source and one decision-maker is ideal. Not everyone has to be an expert, so centralizing that knowledge is important. Align yourselves with consultants or waste companies like us who are ready and willing to assist you every step of the way.

 

Q: Many shops tout the fact that they're green businesses, advertise it in their marketing efforts and list it on their websites. Do consumers really care about taking their cars to a green shop, or do they just want them taken care of properly?

 

A: In some parts of the country, especially in California, there is definitely a movement where more and more consumers will gravitate toward companies that are green. Water quality has become a hotter topic in the news, so I think a body shop with a green seal or a green approach is going to get value out of it.

 

From my experience, it's not just the younger generation that cares about the environment. Everyone now is paying attention to it and those stewards of the planet are getting the benefits of that. Also, shop owners are paying more attention to fines, penalties and enforcement when they run into compliance issues. With instant news and all of the social media out there, if a shop gets caught for violating regulations, people know about it literally right away and can be shared easily.

 

Q: Is it wise to develop a handbook that new hires can refer to and use as a road map, so to speak?

 

A: Yes, it should always be a part of new employee orientation and/or training. Everyone in your shop needs to know what is or isn't regular trash and be as environmentally aware of everything involved. Some shops are re-using waterborne-based cleaning products for cleaning their lines, etc., and there is a ton of solvent recycling going on. If your people are kept away from regulatory inspections that may lead to citations and fines by being properly trained, that's obviously invaluable.


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