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PASCO, Wash. - When it comes to driving, going green doesn't have to mean owning a hybrid or electric car. A new shop in Pasco aims to lessen its carbon footprint, one car at a time.

The price to service your vehicle is more than a monetary one, it's environmental as well. There's a lot of waste involved in maintaining your mode of transportation and few do much about it.

"I'm not sure what the footprint would be if you add up all the cars and they don't do it, it's pretty significant," said Jim Carter, owner of Bay 5 Auto Service .

Carter started up Bay 5 Auto Service in the Fat Boys Fleet Services shop. Their work is primarily focused on fleets but as they looked to expand into regular vehicles they took the unbeaten path.

"We're trying to do more and more that's earth friendly and better for the earth and your car both," said Carter.

They're using eco-friendly oil, recycling batteries and for the past two years the shop has recovered all their waste oil and up cycled it to heat the shop.

The shop touts their better filtration system: using a micro-green filter when they do oil changes.

"The big savings is you're not going to change your oil every time, you're just going to change the filter," said Carter. "So the first time it may be more expensive by then the subsequent oil changes will be less."

He said his new take on servicing vehicles has had a slow start, but he has no doubt they'll soon be going full speed ahead.

"Time will tell. I think we're going to see an increased use of these eco-friendly products."

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