It’s been great to see Overland Park and surrounding communities get serious about recycling over the last few years. Besides the handy curbside pickup, you can’t help but notice the bins for glass and paper recycling popping up in many parking lots. There are even bins for donating used clothes and household goods for reuse.
As an engineer, I was taught to be efficient with our limited resources and respect Mother Nature, so we have long been good stewards of the environment. You may have noticed our “Excellence in Environmental Management” award from Quaker State Oil hanging in our Overland Park auto service lobby. That was awarded to us through Kansas State University in recognition of dedication to protecting the environment.
In addition to properly disposing of all fluids, our employees are meticulous about sorting materials into several different trash cans.
We also feel pretty good about donating scrap metal. According to the Automotive Recyclers Association, recycling vehicles provides enough steel to produce almost 13 million new vehicles annually. It also saves an estimated 85 million barrels of oil a year, that would otherwise have been used in the manufacturing of new or replacement parts.
We sell used tires and used oil at an extremely low price, but ensure they go to the proper recyclers. The other day we gave a set of steel wheels to The Hubcap and Wheel Store in Kansas City, Kansas, rather than scrap them. Someone will need them somewhere.
We give all electronics to another recycler that melts them down and recycles the precious metal. We also give CAT converters to CAT converter recyclers. We do all this for free, and have for years, because we recognize the importance of helping the earth survive for many generations to come.