Kind to en­vi­ron­ment

Is­land Auto Sup­ply takes an ex­pen­sive step.

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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.”

GUARDIAN PHOTO

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.

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