"Green Car Wash"

By KBJR News 1

January 20, 2011 Updated Jan 20, 2011 at 9:23 AM CDT

14 organizations around the Twin Ports have been accepted into the Early Adopter Project.
It's a program designed to encourage businesses to adopt green business practices whenever possible.

One of the early adopters is a car wash...now working to keep the environment as clean as their customer's cars.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson explains in this week's, "Your Green Life"

It's a non stop battle with the slush and grime that collects on our cars every winter. And to keep cars from rusting frequent car washes are a must. London Road car wash in Duluth is continuing to green up its operations by recycling.

"All of our chemicals are environmentally safe now, we have changed over from the harsher chemicals used in previous years," said Payton Sullivan with the London Road Car Wash.

Some of their green practices include using soaps that break down without leaving residue plus capturing all their wastewater to be sent to WLSSD to be treated and recycled.

"We have started recycling products, we started using waste oil to heat our water and heat our facility," said Payton Sullivan.

High Pressure sprayers also helpful to clean cars efficiently reducing their water consumption. Their air driers are also energy efficient so they can dry the cars without using an excess amount of energy.
London Road Car Wash has made being environmentally conscious a primary goal.

"We started in 2007 when a couple of groups came together and were concerned about not only the greening of Duluth and Superior but also the social responsibility, economic vitality and how all of these could work together with the environment to create businesses that are more sustainable", said Nan Stubenvoll. Director Sustainable Twin Ports.

The car wash is one of 14 Duluth businesses in the early adopter program.
Other businesses will soon join the program with training beginning in March.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

The next steps for the car wash including acquiring technologies for reclaiming water plus building a rooftop garden.