The Pollution Hotline gets more than a thousand pollution complaints per year - nearly 20% which are automotive related. The Shade Tree Mechanic program is designed to reduce pollution commonly caused by home car repair.
Request a free onsite evaluation of your car care practices to become an official “Shade Tree Mechanic” and to get a free oil change bucket. You can also pick up a free oil change bucket from our office, 505 Barton Springs Road – 11 Floor, on business days between 7:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Spilled fluids and improperly stored chemicals can travel to Austin's storm drains which flow to our creeks. The Shade Tree Mechanic program helps home mechanics enjoy their hobby and save money while at the same time, they comply with city regulations aimed at preserving our creeks and waterways.
Abandoned used oil poses a direct environmental threat and requires costly disposal at the City's expense. This unlawful dumping can be easily avoided with proper recycling.