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Good Planets Are Hard to Find... Lets Look After Ours

At Toms Autos, we do our part... Auto Super Shoppes are industry leaders in environmental stewardship, and we take pride in recycling our oils, batteries, tyres, plastics and more, keeping harmful materials from the environment and reducing the amount of raw materials being needed for making new products. In Aotearoa New Zealand, we send an estimated 12.59 million tonnes of waste to landfill every year! That’s the same weight as 68,610 Boeing 747 planes!

 

By making sure your vehicle is well maintained and running efficiently you can help to reduce your vehicle's impact on the environment.

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While electric vehicles and other alternative fuel vehicles are becoming more common, most New Zealand drivers still rely on petrol or diesel-powered cars as their primary means of transport. If you are a driver of a petrol or diesel car, there are several steps you can take to reduce the environmental impact of your vehicle. Firstly, regular maintenance and servicing of your car can help to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. This includes things like keeping your tyres properly inflated, changing the oil and air filters as recommended, and ensuring that the engine is well tuned and running smoothly. Aggressive driving, rapid acceleration, and excessive idling can also contribute to increased emissions and reduced fuel efficiency.

Another important step you can take to help is to ensure the workshop servicing your vehicle does their part in protecting the environment by responsibly recycling the waste generated from car servicing and repairing your car. Here is what Toms Autos does with your waste oil, old batteries, replaced oil filters and containers.

We hold an Auto Super Shoppe Environment Standards Certificate.

We hold a MTA Certificate of Compliance (MTA Environmental Standards)

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Tyres

 
 

 

More than 7.75 million tyres (passenger tyre equivalents) reach their end of life in NZ every year, thats some 73,700 tonnes worth! It is estimated of that 70% are going to landfill, stockpiled or illegally dumped. We also know large number of tyres re shipped offshore to be burnt with major environmental and human health implications. We think this is madness!

 

 

We have teamed up with Treadlite and pay for all of our customers worn out tyres to be collected, shredded and turned into premium equestrian arena mix or granules which are used for roading, play ground matting, artificial sports fields, gym flooring and matting etc.

Plastic Containers

Around 4.5 million lubricant containers are discarded every year in New Zealand. Lubricant packaging is hazardous and problematic to recycle due to the residue left inside even when they're empty. While a small percentage are recycled, the majority end up in landfill. But NOT ours... Our empty 20L Total Oil plastic containers are either re-used for decanted chainbar or they are sent to Hastings to be chipped, cleaned and distributed to various different manufacturers to be repurposed via Total Energies 'Lubricant Container Stewardship Scheme'.

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Used Oil Filters

Oil Filters

Oil filters pick up heavy metals and other particles as it’s working in our vehicles. This stuff is pretty nasty and can harm our ecosystem. When dumped, used oil filters can contaminate the soil and make it's way into the groundwater. NOT at Toms... All of our used oil filters are drained and the oil is recycled into clean burn energy & the steel is recycled.

Cardboard

Did you know that every tonne of paper and cardboard recycled saves 13 trees!? Cardboard is easily recyclable and can often have a second life as newspaper, tissues or cardboard trays. We recycle our cardboard at our local recycling depot.

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Waste Oil

When we change vehicle oil, the old oil hasn’t gone bad... it’s just dirty. All of our waste oil is captured and sent to be 'cleaned' . The recycling process cleans the oil by removing water, sludge and heavy metals which produces a cost-effective alternative fuel for many businesses, including those in the horticulture, timber drying and meat processing industries (boilers & kilns).

Batteries

Comprising various metals such as lead, nickel, steel, zinc, lithium and cobalt enable old car batteries to being infinitely recyclable in not just new car batteries but lots of products. Packed with harmful chemicals and acid you don't need to be a scientist to understand that leeching these types of pollutants into the soil or water table is not the best. We recycle our end of life batteries.

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LED Light Bulbs

We use LED bulbs throughout our buildings. LED is highly energy efficient – Less heat, more light, lower cost. Use less electricity for the same light output - 85% less electricity when compared to conventional lighting and around 18% less electricity compared to CFL. Worldwide, around 20% of electricity is consumed in lighting

Antifreeze/Coolant

We are very careful with how we store our used antifreeze so it doesn't enter waste or storm water drains. We also use a premium antifreeze made with no silicates, phosphates, chromates, nitrites or boron. Once antifreeze has been circulated through a vehicle it may contain toxic metals so we pay for our end of life antifreeze to be collected and processed at a specialized plant in Auckland.

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Carbon Neutral Paper

Traditional copy paper wrappers are coated in plastic, which means they cannot be recycled as paper recycling. At Toms Autos we use an Officemax Carbon Neutral paper - it is a plastic free copy paper wrap (as at July 2023 this is the only plastic free alternative option in NZ!). Since the launch of the Plastic Free Copy Paper Wrap, Kiwis who have ordered this copy paper from Officemax have prevented 35,962 kilograms of plastic going into landfill – almost 36 tonnes in just three years! Being a carbon neutral paper, Officemax purchases carbon credits to offset the extracting, processing, transportation, production, storage, freight, use and end of life disposal, by investing in renewable energy in the developing and third world, reducing emissions and helping to fund the transition to a global low carbon economy. To top it all off, the paper is FSC certified which guarantees its sourced from environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable managed forests.

Green Invoicing

We prefer sending invoices, statements and reminders electronically. Sending this information electronically uses less energy and requires less printing - most ink is toxic so when the paper biodegrades, the ink left behind can be damaging to the environment. This switch has meant benefits for all – more efficiency and speed for customers, less paper and ink use for the environment.

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Its rather incredible that small changes can make such a big impact! Understanding the impact of purchasing decisions can be the first step towards change; and reducing our environmental footprint can be as simple as changing the office copy paper you print on!

Contact Us

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Address

69 Dixon Street, Masterton

(Corner Dixon & Bannister Sts)

Contact

(06) 378 7351

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

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