Five more Tucson auto shops have pledged to use environmentally friendly car repair practices in the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's "green business automotive program."

More than 50 businesses are now participating.

The latest to join are Econo Lube N Tube, 8040 N. Oracle; Budget Auto Service Center, 2770 N. Oracle; Brake Max #1, 4545 N. First; Brake Max #6, 2756 S. Kolb; Brake Max #8, 3245 N. Swan.

The green auto shops program is a public-private partnership that began in 2005, when ADEQ linked up with the Automobile Association of America – Arizona.

Shops are using better front-office waste disposal practices, parts management programs, housekeeping, parts cleaning and degreasing, fluid recycling and energy use policies to reduce pollution, according to a DEQ release.

They use low-pollution or water-based solvents for cleaning, recycle waste fluids and oil whenever possible, practice spill prevention, use more efficient lighting, and conserve water by using dry-floor cleanup procedures, maintaining plumbing and installing low-water fixtures.

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