Kind to environment
Island Auto Supply takes an expensive step.
Island Auto Supply in Charlottetown took an expensive step to be kind to the environment after purchasing a new drain station which empties fluids from vehicles in a safe and effective way.
This new station carries a price tag of around $30,000 and helps eliminate spillage when dismantling cars all the while speeding up production at the same time.
“Normally, fluids are gravity fed and now they are vacuum sucked so instead of letting coolant drain for 15 minutes, they can suck it out in five,” said Dalbert Livingstone, owner of Island Auto Supply.
The station ensures there is no remaining pollutants left in the end-of-life vehicle by draining all of the break fluid, coolant, oil and washer fluid before going to a steel yard.
All of the fluids go into separate containment units and are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Livingstone said the old system of gravity feeding fluids was time consuming and didn’t drain all the fluids properly.
“With the gravity feed, you would always get maybe a little bit of coolant left in the motor,” said Livingstone.
“With the vacuum suction, it sucks everything out.”
Livingstone, who purchased the business in 2013, opted to go the route of a mobile drain station for their setup as it was easier to maneuver it between the three dismantling bays building.
They are one of three salvage yards in Atlantic Canada that have this system.
Island Auto Supply is a member of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada and implement environmental codes, best practices and basic housekeeping recommended by this organization.
In order to be a member, the
in the business has to be evaluated, audited and certified by an independent third party to meet their code.
“We hire an independent person to come in to review our policies and procedures and make sure we are minimizing their environmental footprint of our end of life vehicles.”
This Canadian organization’s goal is to protect the water, air and soil from harmful chemicals.
Livingstone said they are taking all of these precautions because it’s important to preserve what we have for generations to come.
“It’s the right thing for the environment.”
Darryl Barrett, mechanic at Island Auto Supply, drains fluids from a vehicle going to salvage. Island Auto Supply in Charlottetown took an expensive step to be kind to the environment after purchasing a new drain station which empties fluids from vehicles in a safe and effective way.