Kwik Fit and the Environment
How is Kwik Fit reducing its impact on the environment?
At Kwik Fit we’ve always taken our responsibility to the environment seriously, employing reputable waste management companies to dispose of all our waste products. But wherever possible we like to view worn out parts not as rubbish, but as the raw product for something else. You might be surprised to discover that the dirty oil from your engine is re-processed to become marine oil. We replace more than five million tyres a year, and we reprocess all of them. Your tyres become part of anything from equestrian or sports pitches, carpet underlay, drainage systems, roof tiles, road and playground surfaces, even laminate flooring!
How is Kwik Fit increasing recycling levels?
We’re always looking at ways to increase the amount we recycle and are currently trying to cut down on the number of trips we make to the recycling plants. By trialling tyre compressors at some of our centres we can start the recycling process ourselves and minimise transport. To help us with our tyre recycling efforts, all we ask from you is a small amount for every tyre we remove from your vehicle which goes towards recycling costs. You will see this itemised in your bill as ‘environmental tyre disposal’.
Top tips to reduce your driving carbon footprint
There are over 37 million vehicles registered in the UK which are responsible for over 13% of the country’s total carbon emissions*. Vehicle manufacturers are working diligently to reduce vehicle emissions in their newer models and automotive advances such as hybrid vehicles and start-stop engines are further helping to reduce the impact on the environment. However, you can also do your bit as a driver and there are steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.
- Properly inflated tyres can save you up to 3% on your fuel bill.
- Remove any unnecessary items or roof racks from your car before travelling to help reduce weight.
- Think ahead when driving and where possible ease off the accelerator to gently roll to a complete stop.
- Being stuck in traffic wastes fuel and unnecessarily creates CO2. Try using traffic websites and apps to help avoid traffic.
- Turn your engine off when you’ve stopped for a minute or longer to help save fuel.
- Speeding and unnecessary acceleration can waste fuel, money and increase your carbon footprint.
- When driving at low speeds opening the windows is more efficient but at higher speeds closing the windows and using air conditioning can save you more.
* Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) - 2015