Green technology features can help rental companies reduce waste as well as save money.
Take the Payless Car Rental serving Philadelphia International Airport, for example. When the company recently moved into its new facility, the owners wanted to include upgraded materials, including green features.
“Our facility was outdated and we were renting, and we wanted our own property and facility to cater to our business,” says James Easley, vice president of three Payless franchise locations in greater Philadelphia.
The GEOMAT system captures waste-water runoff, filters it and then either pumps it back into the system for reuse or sends it to the town's sanitary sewer line.
To reduce water usage, Payless added a new water recycling car wash.
The car wash system, from GEOMAT, recycles water from the car wash. The water flows into the mat and into a filtration system. Then it fills up a holding tank and goes through a pump to use for washing cars, says Easley.
“With the GEOMAT, our water bill has gone from a couple of hundred dollars per month to $64 per month,” says Easley.
In addition to saving water, GEOMAT also helps companies avoid fines for not following rules on wastewater runoff. The Clean Water Act — a federal law designed to eliminate toxic substances from being released into the water supply — has created stricter city regulations on wastewater runoff.
According to GEOMAT, its product works in conjunction with car wash systems by capturing waste-water runoff, filtering it and then either pumping it back into the system for reuse or sending it to the town’s sanitary sewer line.
Sludge is retained in the bottom mat of the patented containment system, which GEOMAT cleans and disposes of about once a year.
“Our mission at GEOMAT is to provide rental car companies a cost effective EPA- and OSHA-approved solution,” says Al DeChard, president of GEOMAT. “The organizations that are faced with the challenges of preventing fluids and contaminants from entering the environment are protected by our patented waste water recovery system, enabling their operations to be fully compliant of federal and state law.”