Turning Scrap into Cash: The Green Way to Boost Revenue and Help the Environment! πŸŒΏπŸ’°

In the world of vehicle repair, where engines are mended and cars rejuvenated, there’s a vital aspect that often goes unnoticed – waste management. Every operation, from the routine task of swapping out oil filters and used lube to the more intricate process of body repair, generates a diverse array of waste materials. It’s not just about maintaining a tidy workshop; it’s about ensuring that these remnants find their way to responsible disposal methods. This conscientious approach not only safeguards the environment but also presents an opportunity for a more sustainable, revenue-boosting endeavor.Β 

As one who has owned and operated a network of repair shops, I’ve come to understand that it’s more than just fixing cars. It’s about responsibility β€” to our customers, our communities, and the environment. Through trial and error, I’ve learned the art of turning what some might see as scrap into an opportunity for sustainability and even additional revenue. Following are some thoughts on waste management in the repair industry, combining passion with practicality. πŸŒΏπŸ’‘


Scrap TypeCollection and Disposal MethodScrap Sale


Waste Engine Oil
  • This is generated every time an oil change service is performed
  • Number of liters of waste oil must approximately match the quantity of new oil consumed since last sale of waste oil. Quantity of waste oil collected may be 15-20% lesser than the quantity consumed due to loss during drainage and reduced collection from the vehicle itself
  • Collect waste oil into the waste oil collection tanks
  • When the oil collection tank is full, transfer to the 210L barrel
  • Sell oil only to licensed waste oil collection agents and keep receipts of the sale
  • Keep tanks / barrels sealed at all times and away from exposure to heat, fire and other flammable materials
  • Sell waste oil only when the 210L barrel is full
  • Avoid spillage of oil in the service or collection areas. In case of spillage, immediately clean up.
  • Use saw dust around the base of the new and waste oil storage tanks. Saw dust absorbs the spilled oil and keeps the area clean and safe, without allowing the oil to flow elsewhere. Replace the saw dust every two weeks.
  • The 210L barrel also has commercial value and may be sold independently.
  • While collecting waste oil, it is ok to mix various types of oils (Petrol, Diesel, Mineral, Synthetic, Brake etc.)
Fluctuates from time to time with the oil price. Oil barrel can be sold separately.


Body Parts: Plastic & Metal
  • Safely stock in the waste parts area
  • Parts that can be refurbished and reused shall be marked appropriately and stocked in the inventory area
  • There are specialised buyers for body parts
Usually price is fixed by volume of material.


Oil & Fuel Filters
  • Number of oil filters must match the number of oil changes since last sale of filters
  • Usually oil filters that have metal content have higher commercial value
  • Stack used filters in a separate enclosed bin. Do not mix it with the waste oil
  • Keep filters sealed at all times and away from exposure to heat, fire and other flammable materials

Oil Filters: Sold per oil filter depending on the size.

Fuel Filters usually get a higher price due to higher metal content.


  • Store in racks
  • Sell to tyre scrap buyers when 20 or more tyres are available
Price varies depending on the size


  • Store in spares warehouse in a safe place away from exposure to heat, fire and other flammable materials
  • Sell to battery suppliers when 10 or more are available
Varies depending on the size of the battery


Old service parts
  • Store in scrap area
Price fixed by volume of material


Engine oil barrels
  • Store in scrap area.Β 
Valued per empty barrel depending on demand


Cotton waste
  • Store in a safe place away from exposure to heat, fire and other flammable materials
  • Dispose of safely

Embracing effective waste management is a commitment to a greener, more sustainable future. By prioritizing responsible disposal methods and seizing opportunities for recycling, we’re not only bolstering our businesses but also contributing to a healthier planet. Here’s to a future where waste management is a part of every successful repair operation. πŸŒ±πŸ”§



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