|Best Management Practices
Automobile Maintenance &
|Safe Environmental Habits and Procedures for:
Gas Stations, Auto Repair Shops, Auto Body Shops, Car Dealerships, Mobile Fleet Managers, and Mobile Fleet Washing Services
|Car Maintenance Problems
Many common car maintenance routines contribute to ocean pollution. Washing the car or pouring used motor oil into a gutter or storm drain pollutes the ocean. Water runoff from streets, parking lots and driveways picks up oil and grease dripped from cars, asbestos worn from brake linings, zinc from tires and organic compounds and metals from spilled fuels. These chemicals drain into the ocean, harming sea life.
|1. Cleaning Work Sites
Do not hose down your shop floor. It is best to sweep regularly. For information about proper disposal of industrial waste, call the City of Los Angeles, Integrated Solid Waste Management Office (213) 237-1444
Prepare and use easy to find spill containment and cleanup kits. Include safety equipment and cleanup materials appropriate to the type and quantity of materials that could spill.
Pour kitty litter, sawdust or cornmeal on spills. For disposal instructions, call the: City of Los Angeles Hazardous and Toxic Materials Office
Your customer’s regular car maintenance prevents fluids from leaking onto streets and washing into storm drains.
|4. Washing Vehicles
Prevent oil and grease, suspended solids and toxins from washing into storm drains:
|This is one in a series of pamphlets describing storm drain protection measures. Other pamphlets include:
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