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Waste Disposal Guide For An Auto Repair Shop

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If you own a repair shop or other small business in the auto industry, chances are you generate some industrial waste that needs proper disposal. You can't simply toss old tires in the dumpster or wash fluids into the nearest sewer outlet, as you are likely aware. But how do you toss these items properly without taking a major hit to your bottom line? The key lies in contracting with a dumpster rental and disposal company that has the ability to handle this sort of waste. The following guide can help you get the best deal for proper disposal.

What requires special disposal

Before you can begin shopping services, you first need to know what can't go into your standard municipal bins. For an auto shop, this would include the following:

  • Tires

  • Antifreeze

  • Motor oil

  • Batteries

  • Other car fluids, such as brake or transmission fluid

  • Electrical components, such as starters and alternators

You may also want to look into special rates for disposing of metal items, such as body parts, and rubber items, such as belts and gaskets. While these items are usually allowed in municipal recycling or garbage, an industrial dumpster rental company may have better means for recycling these items, which could result in disposal savings for you.

Standard office garbage, including papers and shop rags, can go into your regular garbage.

Disposal options

You will need to make sure your location has room for proper disposal containers. For example, the larger the amount of tires you can collect before pickup, the more money you may be able to save. This is because some dumpster companies charge by the pound when it comes to tires, but they give a discount when they are picking up over a certain amount since this means less trips and fuel costs for them.

Batteries and electronic components are considered hazardous, so they will require their own disposal unit for storage until pickup. The same is true of fluids, which are usually drained into tanks – separate ones for each fluid – and then picked up when the tanks are full

You can further save money by combining your non-hazardous and non-industrial waste disposal needs with the same company. They can rent you a standard dumpster or recycling container to meet the more mundane waste needs of your shop. Contact a dumpster rental company like TCM Sweeping and Disposal in your area to get started and to find out the going rates for your waste types.