Professional Car Washes and Lube Centers Better for the Environment

Cars are an indispensable fact of life for most of us. What we do with the used water, oil, and detergents makes a huge difference in balancing clean and convenient transportation with a clean and healthy environment today and for future generations.

Car Washing

You will waste less water and cause less pollution if you take your car to a professional car wash rather than wash it at home.

From a study released by the International Carwash Association®:

  • Washing your car at home in the driveway with a garden hose uses about 7 gallons of fresh water every minute. In as little as 15 minutes, washing with a hose can use nearly 100 gallons of water.
  • Carwashes enrolled in the WaterSavers program (like Drive and Shine) meet stringent environmental standards for water use and treatment. WaterSavers car washes use a maximum of 40 gallons of water per car in conveyor.
  • “It’s important to note,” says Eric Wulf, CEO of the Chicago-based International Carwash Association, “that washing vehicles on paved surfaces sends runoff containing soap and other harmful chemicals into storm sewers that empty into our streams, rivers and lakesIn contrast, professional car washes collect, treat and recycle waste water, discharging any remaining water into the local water treatment system, where it is processed before being released into waterways.”
  • Research shows that runoff from driveway or pavement washing can harm wildlife. A Washington state environmental firm collected actual runoff from a car wash fundraiser held in a parking lot. Rainbow trout were exposed to the runoff, and all the fish died within 24 hours. A second test, of water that contained the same concentration of detergent a car owner might use to wash a vehicle at home, produced similar results.

Drive and Shine is a proud member of the International Carwash Association's WaterSavers® Program.

Oil Change

You can make a difference by making sure the Lube Center you visit recycles used engine oil and filters.


Did you know used oil can be re-refined into base stock for lubricating oil?


If you recycle just two gallons of used oil it can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours.


We are all familiar with recycling newspapers, aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, but you may not be aware of the efforts of the petroleum industry and other groups to promote used motor oil recycling: providing convenient collection sites for the purpose of keeping used motor oil out of our waterways and ground water supplies and getting used oil into the recycling system.


Motor oil has value even after it has been drained from an engine. The oil you take to a collection center to be recycled saves energy. It can be reprocessed and used in furnaces for heat or in power plants to generate electricity for homes, schools, and businesses. It can also be sent to a refinery that specializes in processing used oil and re-refined into lubricating base oils that can be used to formulate engine oils meeting API specifications.


Recycling motor oil helps prevent pollution and conserve energy for a safer and healthier tomorrow.


At Drive and Shine, we recycle 100% of used engine oil and oil filters.  We are also a drop off location for used motor oil.


Drive & Shine Car Wash, Oil Change and Auto Detailing website- we are a one stop shop for all your routine car care needs. Our Elkhart, Mishawaka, South Bend and Schererville Indiana facilities combine Express Carwashes, Full Service Carwashes, Detailing Services, and Quick Lube/Oil Services all under one roof. We are known for being the most premium customer and employee focused car care centers in the communities we serve.

Our customers have voted us #1 in what we do for as long as we have been in business- an accomplishment we are very proud of and work very hard at retaining every day.

If you are a current customer, we thank you for your business. If you have not tried our services, we invite you to try us- we promise not to disappoint you.

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