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490 Auto Center Drive Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 722-4122
490 Auto Center Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076
Sales: (831) 498-9570 | Service: (831) 498-9578 | Parts: (831) 498-9580
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Green Business

Contact Information
Chevrolet of Watsonville
490 Auto Center Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076
Sales: 831-536-4337
Service: 831-740-6046
Parts: 888-284-9543

Here at Chevrolet of Watsonville we are very proud to say we are GREEN! We feel that being green is the responsibility of everyone in the community and encourage all others to do their part in helping our community become a sustainable green environment. We have meet all Monterey Bay Area Green Program regulations and met program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste at our dealership.

Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program has assisted many businesses to go above and beyond environmental compliance by providing assistance about environmental issues, and then recognizes and promotes their efforts to the community.

Supplemental Checklist for: Vehicle Service Facilities
Green Business Checklist
Business must meet compliance with regulatory requirements as well as all of the criteria outlined below to obtain Green Business Status, except where a choice is given.

1. Waste oil and coolant are recycled.
2. Used oil filters are segregated, drained, and recycled.
3. Used oil filters are crushed to extract another 3-4 oz. of oil per filter to be recycled OR less toxic propylene glycol is substituted for ethylene glycol OR re-refined oil is used in all vehicles and machinery.
4. Drip pans or portable storage containers are always in use while changing vehicle fluids.
5. Fluids are changed in beamed or contained indoor areas.
Checklist: Vehicle Service Facilities- Pollution Prevention 6. Drip pans and open containers containing vehicle fluids are not left unattended for longer than 2 hours unless they are covered securely and within secondary containment.
7. Wrecked vehicles are parked inside over concrete unless they have been drained of all vehicle fluids.
8. To prevent spills around drums and tanks use: spout and funnel when adding fluids to waste drums, and pump and spigot when dispensing new product. Drain residual from pump back into original container. Alternatively, demonstrate a better spill-proof method of fluid transfer.

1. Review the chemical products used at your facility (refer to Material Safety Data Sheets ? MSDSs). Create an inventory.
2. Use this checklist, your Green Business Program Coordinator's knowledge, and other resources to identify alternative products and practices that are more protective of employees and the environment. Review your inventory annually and see if there are further opportunities for replacement chemicals to prevent pollution.
3. Locate the storage of all hazardous materials and waste away from storm and sanitary sewer drains.
4. Inspect inventory, storage and/or shipping areas for potential accidents on a regular basis.
5. Store hazardous materials securely, controlling access to stock, and rotating so as to use oldest material first.
6. Use an industrial laundry service for shop rags and uniforms (Keep rags in a covered container and do not saturate). Use rag/uniform service that recycles its wastewater.
7. Recycle empty hazardous materials containers (including drums). Either return to supplier for refill, recondition onsite (permit requirements may apply), contract with a drum reconditioner, or reclaim scrap value onsite or contract with a scrap dealer.
8. Filter and reuse parts cleaning liquid onsite.
9. Recycle and reuse all properly recovered refrigerants from air conditioning systems.

1. Eliminate the use of cleaners and lubricants containing n-hexane in aerosol brake cleaners and degreasers.
2. Use a water-based brake washing method.
3. Do not contaminate cleaning solution by washing parts sprayed with chlorinated cleaners or petroleum distillates.
4. Use no or low copper brake pads whenever possible.
5. Use longer-lasting synthetic oils.
6. Purchase re-refined oil and antifreeze for use in your shop.
8. Use a detergent-based rather than caustic-based solution in a hot tank.
9. Acid-based wheel cleaners are not used.
10. Power washing wastewater is routed to a clarifier or is done in a self-contained system.

None of the waste from these operations is released to either the storm drain or sanitary sewer. Santa Cruz County District Code Title 7 Section 7.04.310, Prohibited wastes designated Part U.
Be sure to discuss any planned changes that involve chemical, equipment, process, or facility changes with your local regulators (wastewater districts, hazardous materials, fire, or air districts) They may have regulations or concerns that need to be addressed.
1. Wet sanding drips are cleaned up with a rag, or the drips are let to dry and the dust is swept or vacuumed up OR wet sanding wastewater is collected in a clarifier attached to the sanitary sewer, which is cleaned out as needed.
2. Dry cleanup methods are used as a preference or norm and are always used prior to mopping floors. If possible, only spot mopping occurs.
3. Aqueous-based cleaning systems are in use that re-circulate and filter cleaning solution.
4. A low hazard cleaner is used that contains no petroleum distillates or volatile organic compounds.
5. Cleaning solution is not contaminated by washing parts sprayed with chlorinated cleaners or petroleum distillates.
6. Spent solution and filters are being properly disposed.

1. Filter/solid waste is disposed of appropriately.
2. When removing the solids, liquids are reused and, the solution for process tanks is reprocessed.
3. Only zinc-free flux and lead-free solder are used.
4. Soldering is done over a drip pan (not test tank), and drips are recycled.
5. Pumps and spigots are used on new product to control spills. 6. Fully enclosed waste transfer systems are used for waste liquids.
6. Drip pans are used indoors to control fluid leakage.
7. Drip pans are used and maintained in outside areas to control fluid leakage.
8. All hazardous materials and waste are located and stored away from storm and sanitary sewer drains and protected from weather.
Following are some typical compliance issues that businesses find challenging:
Radiator flush is recycled and reused with a closed-loop, re-circulating flush system. Santa Cruz County District Code Title 7 Section 7.04.310, Part T

n-Hexane was once used in solvent aerosol cans. This has been found to be extremely hazardous to exposed workers and its use has been outlawed. Make sure that there are no old cans of aerosol cleaners in your inventory that may have n-hexane in them.

1. Wet-cleaning brake systems are used that re-circulate and filter water and detergent-based cleaning solution.
2. Solvents are not used for drying.
3. Spent solution is recycled.
4. Chlorinated cleaners such as brake cleaner aerosol spray cans are not used. Instead refillable and pressurized spray cans are used for brake cleaning.

1. Shop floor is sealed with an impermeable coating such as epoxy OR wet mopping is used on a limited basis.
2. The shop is never hosed down as a routine cleaning measure.
3. Spills of gasoline or solvent are cleaned up using absorbent (absorbent pads, kitty litter, or rice hulls) and disposed of as a hazardous waste.
4. All other fluids are cleaned up using dry cleanup methods.
Spills are cleaned up with rags if they can be cleaned up with 3 or fewer rags.
Larger spills are cleaned up using a hydrophobic mop to collect oil first. Antifreeze is then cleaned up using a regular mop dedicated to antifreeze spills. Rags are then used to dry surface.
Oil and antifreeze must be collected and recycled. See the DTSC Four Step Floor Cleanup as part of their suggested Best Environmental Practices.
5. Cleaning of fuel dispensing island and adjoining areas is done using dry methods only.
6. Floor spills are cleaned up immediately after they occur or are discovered to prevent the spill from spreading or being tracked through the shop on shoes.
7. There are posted, abbreviated Emergency Response or Spill Response Postings in areas where hazardous materials are used and stored and by phones.
Compliance with environmental regulatory laws is required to be certified as a Green Business. Following are some typical compliance issues that businesses find challenging: o The wastewater from outdoor pressure washing and steam cleaning of surfaces is routed to the sanitary sewer or to landscaping. None of the wastewater is entering a storm drain or neighboring water body. Engines are not steam cleaned unless using a self-contained re-circulating system. None of the wastewater is entering a storm drain or neighboring water body.
There are no floor drains present in service bays OR floor drains are permanently plugged.

One pint of oil can produce a toxic slick on approximately one acre of surface water. One gallon of used oil can pollute one million gallons of drinking water.
Compliance Notes
Demonstrate that the business practices spill prevention (training or inspection logs, periodic spill drills, carrying carboys with spill protection, etc.) CCR 66265.16, H&SC 25509
There is adequate spill response material to contain the largest possible spill from entering a storm or sewer drain. CCR 66265.32.
Compliance with environmental regulatory laws is required to be certified as a Green Business.
Following are some typical compliance issues that businesses find challenging:
All clarifiers, car wash water treatment and recycling systems are pumped out as specified by an Industrial Pretreatment inspector (at least once a year).
Prove that the waste is tracked to its final destination (Treatment, Storage, & Disposal Facility [TSDF] copy of the manifest or recycle certification). Copies of the manifest demonstrating that the clarifier has been cleaned on a regular basis must be maintained for at least 3 years. CCR 66262.40Recycle or reuse materials in 2 additional ways:
Used oil and antifreeze are accepted from the public to recycle.
Fixtures and Equipment
1. Use closed-loop water recycling (recirculating) systems for radiator flushing, car washing, steam cleaning, and/or parts washing (or send cars to a facility that does).
2. Stop washing vehicles onsite and send them to a washing service that uses a closed loop recycling (zero discharge) system.
For hand wash and detailing services, use high-pressure vehicle washing equipment.

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