Community Car Wash Pollution Prevention – Kirkland, Bellevue & Redmond

For several years, Full Circle has partnered with the skilled and professional team at Triangle Associates to provide charity car wash outreach on behalf of Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond. This on-going outreach informs businesses and charities about local car wash regulations, monitors charity car wash occurrences during strategic months of the year, and provides evidence of city action toward the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance.

Our goals are to maintain each respective city’s positive presence on this issue and encourage environmentally-safe fundraisers among charity groups and participating businesses. Our team provided preemptive outreach to businesses and secondary schools, outreach to secondary school Parent Teacher Student Associations (PTSAs) and Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), as well as drop-in, on-site weekend outreach to charity car wash locations. We have also undertaken research on the value to charity groups of this fundraising approach versus alternative money-making activities. We will soon be investigating the utility costs and water use resulting from car wash fundraisers.