Your Green Life: "Eco-Friendly Car Wash"

By KBJR News 1

Your Green Life: "Eco-Friendly Car Wash"

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

13 organizations around the Twin Ports have been accepted into the Early Adopter Project.

The mission is to teach these groups how to be more environmentally friendly with their business practices.

One of them... a car wash... is now working hard to keep the environment as clean as their customer's cars.

Meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains in, "Your Green Life."

"I've been working with the environment for a long time, I've been a raptor biologist for about 25 years," said Frank Nicoletti.

And that's what sparked Frank's green efforts as the manager at the London Road Car Wash.

"All the chemicals that we are using at the car wash now are nonpersistent. Meaning that they break down through the cycle, and there's no residue," added Nicoletti. "And we're using high pressure hoses, different nozzles, so we're actually using less water per car and its actually safer to wash your car here than lets say your home because our water goes back into the cycle goes down to WLSSD, gets cleaned up and comes back. It's almost like a closed loop system."

At home, your run–off can get into the ground water taking the salts, oils, and chemicals off your car along with it.

"You don't want to put harsh chemicals into Lake Superior where the eagles and ospreys are eating the fish that are digesting the chemicals," said Nicoletti.

The London Road Car Wash was looking to take their sustainable efforts a little further, which is why they got involved with the Early Adapters Project.

"The car wash had to apply like the other businesses to be involved with the project and there's huge potential here," said Tracy Meisterheim, coordinator of the Early Adapter's Project.

And once they were accepted, they revved up their recycling efforts and switched to LED lighting.

In Duluth, meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northlands NewsCenter

The next step for the London Road Car Wash is to research new carbon–cutting projects such as green roofs, the use of solar power, and recycling old car oil to heat the building.