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This fact sheet summarizes the results of a mini-assessment performed by the Colorado State University Waste Minimization Assessment Center, and sponsored by the Pollution Prevention Partnership. The objective of this assessment was to identify practical steps to minimize waste generation at this auto body repair company by providing technical assistance in pollution prevention. The purpose of this fact sheet is to promote adoption of waste reduction at other similar auto body repair facilities.

Located in Greeley, Colorado, Precision Auto Body Repair and Finishing is a small collision repair shop. The major waste stream include waste thinner used to clean painting equipment and paint-related hazardous wastes. Waste minimization practices that were in place at the beginning of the assessment were:

After visiting the facility, discussions with facility personnel, discussions with suppliers of equipment and services, and analysis of waste stream data, the following additional waste reduction opportunities were recommended:

Implementation of these opportunities would result in a waste reduction of about 280 gallons per year of hazardous liquid waste. The total annual savings are $1,020 per year. The estimated implementation cost is $1,950, resulting in a total payback within 1.9 years.

A follow-up interview with a company representative revealed that recommendation 2 was implemented.

For additional information concerning Case Studies CS1 through CS6 and the Colorado State University Waste Minimization Assessment Center, contact Professor Harry W. Edwards, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, telephone (970) 491-5317.

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