RECYCLING---OUR BUSINESS DEPENDS ON IT!
While recycling may not be the first word that comes to mind when speaking of the transmission repair business,
this industry is based upon the concept of recycling wherever and whenever possible. Take a minute to think about the term
"rebuilding". By definition, it is the act of taking a worn or nonfunctional product and reconditioning it to be functional again.
In the world of transmissions that means we tear the unit down to it's basic constituent components and carefully inspect them.
Components that show no wear are reconditioned. After cleaning, bushings and seals are replaced where needed. At that point they
are ready to be recycled back into the original transmission.
Components that do not measure up to manufacturer's specifications are replaced with parts that do, be they new or recycled from a donor transmission. The old worn parts are sometimes placed in a scrap metal pile. Scrap metal may then be sold to a scrap metal recycling company. From there they eventually become a resource for various factories to melt down and recycle into other products.
At The Trans-Mission Man another option may come into play when considering the fate of worn or spare parts. John Rogers, the owner of the business just might include them in one of his unique metal sculptures. Parts that are aesthetically pleasing, or have a nice ring to them, often end up in John's "resource pile". Sculptures made from these parts are frequently seen at the Coconino Center for the Arts "Recycled Art Exhibition". Interesting old parts may become unique metal sculptures, more windchimes, or one of a kind kaleidoscopes (see John's art gallery on this website to view some examples of his work). In 2008 one of his entries , "THE WIND CHIME FROM HELL", won the "Best of Show" award. In 2012 a kaleidoscope made from old TV parts and flooring samples was awarded a blue ribbon in the "Most Creative" category.
Used oil also comes into play when addressing the many facets of recycling in the transmission business. At The Trans-Mission Man our used oil is recycled into heat. Our efficient oil burning heater burns used oil to keep the shop warm during the cold winter months. It's a win win situation. Old oil is put to good use and our heating costs are kept to a minimum.
In general, John's attitude at The Trans-Mission Man can be summed up in one line. "Don't throw anything away if you can repurpose it for something else."