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Embracing Eco-Friendly Car Washing: A Cleaner, Greener Approach 

Did you know, that according to the Australian Car Wash Association (ACWA), one car wash will on average use the same amount of water as one load of clothes washing, four minutes of garden watering or a five-minute shower?  

It is why, at Silver Sponge, we take pride in our commitment to environmental sustainability. We’re proud members of ACWA, ensuring that our water management practices adhere to stringent environmental standards and striving to minimise our environmental footprint while caring for your car. 

According to ACWA, a home car wash can result in up to over 100 litres of wastewater, dirt and pollutants. If left untreated, this wastewater can pose a significant threat to our waterways, contaminating them with toxic substances and harming the plants and animals that call them home.

In contrast, most commercial car washes are equipped with advanced water recycling systems. At Silver Sponge, we use very little potable water, thanks to fine nozzles and high-pressure hoses that maximise efficiency. Plus, all contaminated run-off goes through special settlement pits to the sewer, ensuring that none of it ends up in our stormwater systems or waterways.

In choosing Silver Sponge for your car washing needs, you’re not only caring for your vehicle, but also for our environment. Our commitment to responsible vehicle washing helps minimise water usage and prevents pollution of our precious waterways.

In fact, ACWA estimates in Melbourne or Sydney alone, uncontrolled vehicle washing results in over two billion litres of untreated wastewater flowing through the stormwater system into our waterways. This amount of pollution can have devastating effects on the health of our rivers, creeks, lakes and coastline.

Commercial car washes can play a crucial role in protecting our environment. With water-efficient practices and strict wastewater disposal protocols, we ensure that every wash contributes to a cleaner, greener future. But it’s not just about water usage – the products we use also make a difference. When soaps and other solvents are used to clean cars, they dissolve not only dirt and grease into the wastewater but also toxic surfactants, hydrocarbons, and heavy metals such as copper, lead and zinc. At Silver Sponge, we prioritise eco-friendly cleaning products that are safe for both your car and the environment.

So, the next time your car is need of a wash, why not choose your local Silver Sponge and join us in our mission to protect our planet, on wash at a time. Together, we can make a difference for generations to come.