Preventing Illegal Discharges from Automobile Service Businesses


Preventing Illegal Discharges from Automobile Service Businesses

Good Working Practices to Follow


  1. Materials and Waste Handling: DO NOT pour liquid waste into floor drains, sinks, outdoor storm drain inlets. DO NOT dump mop water outside. Pour into floor drain or sink for treatment
  2. Proper Storage and Handling of Hazardous Waste: Cover the work area to limit exposure to rain. Use secondary containment when storing batteries and hazardous liquids; keep liquid wastes segregated
  3. Cleaning Auto Parts: Minimize use of solvents. Clean parts without using solvents whenever possible, or use water-based solvents. Clean greasy hands with a waterless hand cleaner.
  4. Good Housekeeping: Daily sweep the maintenance area to collect loose particles and wipe up spills with rags and other absorbent materials immediately. DO NOT hose down the area into a storm drain.
  5. Cleaning Up Spills: Use absorbent cleaning agents instead of water to clean work areas. Use dry methods for spill cleanup, i.e. sweeping.
  6. More Good Housekeeping: Check gas pumps for spills. Keep dry absorbent materials near the pumps in case of a spill.
  7. Washing Vehicles: Ensure the car wash detergent and wax are only used inside the wash bay and the wastewater is captured and sent to the sanitary sewer
Management Responsibilities 

  • Designate a special area to drain and replace motor oil, coolant and other fluids where there are no connections to the storm drain.
  • Contact a hazardous waste hauler to dispose of saturated absorbents.
  • Have a hazardous materials response plan and be sure all employees are capable of implementing each phase of the plan.
  • Check offsite drainage patterns. (Where is water coming onto and leaving the site?) Reduce flow by use of open vegetated swales and other nonstructural measures.
  • If cleaning the parking lot is necessary, install proper measures to ensure wastewater and detergents DO NOT enter the storm drain system.
  • Report any spill immediately to Lake County Stormwater Division.
  • When reporting a spill, be sure to include the location, date, time, type of spill and measures currently being taken to mitigate any damage.
You Can Make a Difference!

Prevent pollutants from entering our waterways at your food
service facility by following the guidelines listed below:

  • Pour all wash water from cleaning into the utility sink or wash sink. Never pour wash water down the storm drain.
  • Keep the lid to the dumpster closed so that rain can’t get in and leak out as garbage juice.
  • Sweep around the dumpster daily and inspect for leaks.
  • Dispose of grease or oil properly. Never dump down the storm drain or sanitary sewer.
  • Keep lids closed on tallow bins and keep the area clean.
  • Clean mops, mats, oily vents, trash cans, etc. in the utility sink or designated wash area. Never let this wash water flow down the storm drain.
  • Never hose down a spill. Use dry clean-up methods for spills and keep absorbent materials handy. (e.g. dry mops, paper towels, kitty litter, etc.)
  • Keep cleaning materials out of the rain and place in a covered area that is designed to prevent runoff