For many years, Jarvis has made a commitment to do our best for the environment and to be "green" whenever possible. There are numerous green policies & waste management strategies in place at every Jarvis new and used vehicle location, including:
Where possible, 100% recycled paper is used for Jarvis printed stationery items.
As new recycled paper products are introduced to the market, we are always willing to give them a go! For example, the paper on our service folders is created from a combination of recycled sugar cane and pulp from accredited sustainable forests!
We also recycle the many cardboard boxes received in our Parts & Service departments. These are collected weekly by an accredited environmental waste company so that the cardboard can be recycled into new products.
As a result of the on-going drought and Adelaide’s high level water restrictions, large capacity rainwater tanks have been installed at Jarvis Gepps Cross, Norwood, Hillcrest, Clovelly Park and Kensington, primarily for hand washing the vehicles you see displayed at these locations.
Not only has this helped overcome the water restrictions, it has saved considerable amounts of mains water being used… and because the rain water which fills the tanks is relatively free of chlorine & chemicals , this has resulted in noticeably cleaner cars too!
The water used in the Jarvis mechanical car washes at Norwood and Gepps Cross are also connected to the rainwater tanks and after every car is washed, the water is captured, recycled and reused!
Waste Oils, Lubricants & Coolant
Waste oil and coolant from our Service Departments is stored and collected regularly by an accredited waste disposal company. Oil filters are also stored, collected & recycled, along with the metal containers they are stored in, which is then turned into new steel and new steel products.
Every year, the Jarvis workshops use thousands of litres of oil and lubricants to keep our customers vehicles running reliably. A by-product of this part of our business is the waste oil that is generated. The handling and disposal of our used oils is just as important as the delivery and storage of the fresh oil. All sites have equipment and processes in place to ensure that the waste oil is efficiently collected from the work bays and transferred to holding tanks for collection.
To put the issue into perspective, in 2015 Jarvis generated 188 000 litres of waste oil.
We contract Transpacific/Cleanaway to safely pickup and dispose of this waste. They are legally required and are accountable to the Environment Protection Authority for every drop that they take from our sites. With the increased awareness of recycling and improvements in technology, what was considered a problem not many years ago has now become a valuable commodity.
Waste Tyres & Batteries
Due to the nature of work in our Service Departments, there are a number of hazardous waste products which we arrange to be disposed of and/or recycled in the most environmentally friendly manner. These include:
Years ago, old tyres were shredded and placed in Australian landfill. This has all now changed. Used tyres are collected from Jarvis on a weekly basis and then placed in containers and shipped to China to be turned into furnace oil and coal tar (which is an expensive product to purchase). The metal from the tyres is also retrieved and recycled in to other products.
Old car batteries are collected from all of our locations, with the lead from inside the batteries being removed and used for sweltering.
Our state of the art exhaust extraction systems are supplied by a company called Nederman, are sourced from Sweden and are proven to reduce the buildup of exhaust gases in confined workshops.
A large electric fan ensures that all gases are directed up through the filter and then to atmosphere. The filteration system, and is specifically designed to capture any smoke, airborne particles and odours without the gases leaving our workshops.