The Cardboard Recycling Dilemma

RotoPac for CardboardOnline shopping has exploded in the last decade. The instant gratification coming from purchasing products at home or at work has its consequences though. The ubiquitous cardboard boxes that appear on front steps throughout the country have to go somewhere when no longer needed. And with the economic downturn as of late in the value of recycled paper materials, cardboard recyclers have to get creative to improve their bottom line. Chinese buyers are getting pickier when it comes to contaminates in bales of cardboard, pressboard and general paper. The dilemma for manufacturing companies across the globe is to efficiently remove cardboard from their waste stream, economically compact it and provide recyclers with a clean product.

Whether it’s helping prepare cardboard for the recycling station or giving other great tips, KenBay is committed to providing key recycling solutions. We offer a wide range of compactors to you for cardboard and other kinds of waste. For more information, visit our website.

Let’s Witness Proper Cardboard Recycling

Saving Space in the Production Area

One of the world’s largest producers of medicine and vaccinations for pets and livestock recently started using the KenBay Industrial Trash Compactor and recycling unit for compacting their waste.  As shipments come into the facility, boxes in which they come, are emptied before the incoming items are moved to the production area. Packaging is not permitted in the production area where animal medicines are made.

Reducing Packaging Collecting Costs

Prior to installing the RotoPac the cardboard boxes were broken down and placed on a pallet. At the end of each day the pallet was moved to the recycler’s truck by forklift. With the RotoPac, most of the boxes are thrown into it without having to be broken down manually; they are compacted into polyethylene bags.

Making it Cost Effective

Now the compacted cardboard, on average weighing 550 lbs. per bag, is moved to the recycler’s truck not having to break down most boxes and reducing the times the cardboard is moved to the truck, significantly reduces labor costs and improves safety in two ways.

Reducing Accidents and Forklift Traffic

Accidents are prevented by not having to use a knife for breaking down the majority of boxes and forklift traffic is reduced.

KenBay Helps Your Cardboard Get There

One of the best ways to recycle your cardboard is through our RotoPacs. RotoPacs not only are safe, easy, and offer continuous compaction, they deliver even more! They’re portable and very easy to move around your facility. You can put them right at the source of your cardboard waste. That way, you reduce clutter and improve overall safety even further. If you would like to try out a KenBay RotoPac for yourself, you can try one before you buy one. Simply pay a small fee and we’ll send one to your location. Best of all, there’s no complicated process if you want to keep it for life. Simply pay the rest of the full price, and it’s yours!

 

 

5 Hidden Benefits to Employing Dewatering Equipment More

dewatering equipmentWater is wonderful. After all, we wouldn’t be able to live without it! But there are some places that we just don’t want to see water. Nobody’s happy to stumble upon a flooded basement, for example. Nor is it desirable to see enormous puddles in the yard. And of course, nobody wants to deal with excess water in their waste! Many manufacturers utilize dewatering equipment in order to keep their waste dry and easy to manage. But there are many other great reasons to do it that you may not know about! Here are 5 hidden benefits to employing more dewatering equipment in your waste management process.

For questions about dewatering equipment or anything else to do with your waste compactor, turn to KenBay. We are an experienced company dedicated to proper waste management. Our goal is to lead companies to follow a zero landfill initiative through easy, efficient waste compactors. If you want to know more about KenBay and our zero landfill initiative, visit our website.

Why You Should Use Dewatering Equipment

Ability to Recycle More

At KenBay, we like to talk a lot about reducing the amount of “air” put onto the truck. Well guess what? Water works the same way. The more water is held inside of your waste, the less waste you’re able to fit onto the truck. Use dewatering equipment to save space, allowing you to recycle more when you need to. And you save money as well!

Less Trash to Landfill

One of the great things about dewatering is that it opens the door for opportunities to recycle. When waste is dewatered, it is transformed into a dry filter cake. Usually, that cake makes the waste easier to transport and dispose of. But when the cake is non-toxic, it can also be reused for other purposes. Thus, less trash gets sent off to the landfill overall.

Ability to Separate Plastic Cap From Cardboard Container

Plastic and cardboard can work well together, but they’re not the easiest to get rid of. They must be separated first, and recycled separately. Dewatering equipment can handle it easily!

Don’t Pay to Ship Remnant Ingredients

Little bits of leftovers can get annoying. They’re too small to do anything with, but it’s not worth paying to ship them or dispose of them. Dewatering equipment makes it so you won’t have to worry about that problem anymore!

Cleaner Plant Environment

A clean environment is a safe environment. And having wet, nasty waste everywhere definitely does not make for a clean environment. Turn to dewatering equipment to destroy the sludge, keep things dry, and make your workers happy!

KenBay Can Dewater . . . and So Much More

For dewatering applications the SC 2000 and SC 3000 Screw Compactors provide continuous throughput and are configured for de-packaging/de-watering or for foam densifying.  These screw compactors can be an integral part of a system that will make your facility landfill free. The SC 2000/3000 is a low maintenance heavy-duty piece of equipment capable of handling large throughputs of material while still maintaining a high compaction rate continuously throughout the operation.

The output from them is ready for delivery to a Waste-To-Energy (WTE) facility having extracted whatever liquids they contain. The Screw Compactors perform well for de-packaging:

  • milk
  • yogurt
  • soft drinks
  • BBQ Sauces and ketchups
  • ice cream
  • liquid soaps and detergents
  • and much more

To learn more go to “SC 2000 & 3000 Screw Compactors

What is the Correlation Between Compaction Rate and Cost Savings?

Compaction RateDo you ever think about your compaction rate? Probably not. People don’t usually give much thought to handling waste. Most people just toss their waste away, and forget about it. But when it comes to using a waste compactor, it’s important to know your compaction rate. Obviously you want a better compaction rate in order to handle the waste quickly. But are there other benefits as well? Believe it or not, your compaction rate also affects your wallet. A higher one leads to better savings. A lower one could mean wasting more money than you meant to. Here’s what you need to know about saving money with your waste compactor.

For questions about compaction rate or anything else to do with your waste compactor, turn to KenBay. We are an experienced company dedicated to proper waste management. Our goal is to lead companies to follow a zero landfill initiative through easy, efficient waste compactors. If you want to know more about KenBay and our zero landfill initiative, visit our website.

How a Better Compaction Rate Leads to Cost Savings

Fewer Bags

It’s simple math: the more bags you use, the more money you spend purchasing replacement bags. Some compactors are so inefficient that you need to change out the bags far too frequently. Others cannot handle plastic waste very well. Plastic waste tends to retain its original shape, and resists compacting. But with the right compactor, none of this is a problem. You should simply toss it in and forget about it.

Don’t Ship “Air”

Another side effect of a lower compaction rate is that you end up shipping “air.” If you can’t compact your waste fully, then you’re filling the truck with empty space. It’s would be like if you simply hired a truck to transport only air to another location. A good compactor makes it so that you fill the truck with only waste. That way, you won’t require as many deliveries, and continue to save money!

Less Swapping Out of Bags, Less Foot Traffic

Of course if you are swapping out your bags less often, that means you won’t need to spend productive time moving bags off the plant floor. You also won’t need to spend time moving them around or across the plant floor. In addition to improving overall safety, you will save time because your people can be more productive! They’ll be able to get back to the tasks that really matter, instead of “wasting” it on waste.

Turn to KenBay for a Better Compactor

There’s a lot of compactor options out there. It may be tempting to think that bigger is better. But buying a large bulky compactor is no guarantee of power. Instead, why not try one of KenBay’s RotoPacs? The RotoPac is portable, so you can transport it easily across the floor to wherever you need. Put it right at the source of your waste for maximum effect. And you can bet that the RotoPac has a fantastic compaction rate! If you want to try out a RotoPac for yourself, visit our website to try one out for yourself. You’ll be impressed at it’s power . . . and your savings!

How to Efficiently Compact & Transport Waste Industrial 50 lbs. Bags

source of wasteBakeries, ingredient processing companies, the granary and feed industry, among many other high and medium volume industries receive content in 50 lbs. bags. The bags are generally made of paper lined or reinforced with plastic. Problems these emptied bags create are the following

  1. They are made of mixed materials, i.e., plastic and paper make them unfeasible to easily and properly recycle.
  2. Large volumes of bags require wasted hours of physical labor & forklifts to transport bags to waste compactor, especially to stationary compactors or dumpsters.
  3. Getting the bags transported and compacted to reduce hauling costs can be somewhat labor intensive.

The factors affecting the disposing of these 50 lbs. bags are that the bags need to be greatly compacted and it is highly desirable that it be done where the bags are emptied.

Compacting Bags Where They are Emptied

  1. The person handling the bags can throw the empty bags into the compactor located at the waste’s source without moving after emptying its content into a mixer or another machine. He/she will be the last person touching the bags in the disposal process. If a machine is used to open and empty the bags it can deposit the bags directly into the compactor. The compacting process is best accomplished with the use of a continuous compactor rather than a type of baler.

Dealing with the Dust

  1. Frequently the residue left in the bags creates a great deal of dust, especially in some instances near where food is being processed. A dust collector can be utilized to remove the dust from the environment from the chute in which the bags are thrown passing to an enclosed chamber compactor. Or dust collection can be done from the enclosed chamber. Compacting 50 lbss. bags into large plastic bags that can be sealed for transport also reduces ambient dust.

Reducing Labor & Hauling Costs:

  1. Costs are reduced with fewer trips either using a pallet jack or a forklift to remove the waste filled bag from the compactor to the hauler’s container outside. The waste filled bags contain approximately 800 50 lbs. bags. Contrast this to frequent trips hauling between 100 and 200 bags loosely placed on a pallet being hauled by forklift. Reducing forklift traffic on a factory floor is always a good thing in a number of ways, such as, safety, maintenance and cost reduction.
  2. One meter cubes of plastic filled waste are easily manageable for transporting either in a dumpster to landfill or in a covered trailer with double stacked bags to a Waste to Energy facility. Reducing the cost of transport of waste is critical to profitability in all types of waste disposal whether it be to landfill, recycling or Waste to Energy (WtE) facilities.

 

KenBay has been helping many companies in a variety of industries reduce labor and hauling costs of those ubiquitous 50 lbs. bags using the original industrial rotary arm compactor, the RotoPac. Why not go to the front page of www.kenbay.com and see the RotoPac in operation? If you would like to try out a KenBay RotoPac for yourself, you can try one before you buy one. Simply pay a small fee and we’ll send one to your location. After all, you have nothing to lose but costs.

How to Efficiently Deliver Your Plastics to the Recycling Station

Recycling StationPlastic revolutionized our way of life. Businesses and manufacturers applied plastic to nearly every industry imaginable. The lightness of and durability of plastic improved our packaging, our construction, and how we develop new technology. And it seems like plastic use is only heading upwards. But one downside is that not enough people recycle the plastic that they use. Major manufacturing plants in particular are hesitant to deliver their plastics to a recycling station. Many of them fear that the cost of transport may is too oppressive. But fortunately, there is a workaround. If you’re worried about the cost of your plastics, here’s how to efficiently deliver them to the recycling station.

Whether it’s helping transport plastic to the recycling station or giving other great tips, KenBay is committed to zero waste. We offer a wide range of compactors to you for plastic and other kinds of waste. For more information, visit our website.

Off to the Recycling Station . . . But How?

The Problem with Transport

The biggest concern among manufacturers is the cost of transporting plastics. Plastic tends to expand, and doesn’t like bending from its original shape. That expansion means filling up more space on the freight truck, which then leads to a greater number of trips. Trips that you pay for, every time. Many companies attempt to cut down on these trips through compacting their plastic waste. But there’s still a problem with using something like a baler.

The Problems With Balers

Plastic wrap tends to “bounce back” or regain some of its original shape, even during a compaction process. Most balers don’t have the ability to continuously compact the waste without resorting to additional specialized equipment. They also can’t compact the plastic quickly enough to stifle the bounce back effect. As a result, the baler fills too quickly and compacts a smaller amount of plastic.

What’s the Better Solution?

The best solution is to forget using the baler and instead rely on a dependable compactor. Ideally, a compactor should feature a quick continuously rotating arm. Thus, the machine presses the plastic down so quickly and frequently it won’t have time to bounce back. Adding some heat will also help the process. Once you compact the plastic, store it inside an easily stackable bag. Now, more bags fit onto the truck, which means fewer overall trips to the recycling station. That’s where the savings come from!

KenBay Helps Your Plastics Get There

Plastics will play a major role in our effort towards renewable energy, but not if we don’t recycle them properly. One of the best ways to recycle your plastic is through our RotoPacs. RotoPacs not only are safe, easy, and offer continuous compaction, they deliver even more! They’re portable and very easy to move around your facility. You can put them right at the source of your plastic waste. That way, you  reduce clutter and improve overall safety even further. If you would like to try out a KenBay RotoPac for yourself, you can try one before you buy one. Simply pay a small fee and we’ll send one to your location. Best of all, there’s no complicated process if you want to keep it for life. Simply pay the rest of the full price, and it’s yours!

What is Waste Management Really Costing You?

What is Waste management costing this house? What is waste management costing you? Many of you might think that it doesn’t take that much money. But waste management is a surprisingly large sinkhole which your cash will disappear into. The cost of the waste management is not the key element in this expensive equation. Rather, the small hidden costs which build up over time. These include maintenance, labor, and the materials themselves. The Ohio EPA breaks down the surprising costs of waste management. For some manufacturers, their expenses got so high they tripled the expected cost! So, what can you do? Well, there’s a few things experts (ourselves included) recommend you do to make sure you know what you’re actually paying. And there’s a few more things you can do to pay less!

For more great tips on recycling and waste management, rely on KenBay. We manufacture portable waste compactors for manufacturers and plants. We’re also committed to a zero waste initiative, and encourage other companies and corporations to follow suit!

What is Waste Management’s Hidden Fees?

It’s important to remember that waste management does not exist in a vacuum. Purchase of raw material is absolutely a factor in overall cost. As is maintenance and upkeep of that material once you have implemented it. Replacement parts also add to your overall costs. And we can’t forget the labor! You will require someone to install the raw material, someone else to replace parts, and someone else to (eventually) haul it all away. Bring those all together and it’s no wonder that waste management costs as much as it does!

So What Can You Do About It?

The first and most important thing you can do is be aware of your processes. This advice is not just for waste management, it’s makes for an overall more efficient plant. Be aware where your material comes from, how much is needed, and where it ends up. You are likely to end up discovering some wasted money. For example, you could discover that your company is spending extra on one certain raw material that it must then discard. Once you know these blind spots, work to correct them and minimize the loss of money.

Secondly, don’t be afraid to turn to secondary resources. The Environmental Protection Agency has great advice on waste management (such as the article linked above). KenBay also regularly provides advice through this blog.

As far as the waste disposal process goes, every little bit counts. One great way to save money is to use the right kind of compactor. KenBay’s RotoPacs save you money through creating efficiency and eliminating unnecessary functions. RotoPacs are portable, so they cut out some need for additional disposal labor. Simply throw the waste away at the source! Additionally, RotoPacs compact your waste efficiently into cube shapes. You can stack the waste cubes easily onto the truck, and therefore need fewer trips overall. If you want to try out a KenBay RotoPac for yourself, you can try one before you buy it. If you like the RotoPac, simply pay the difference to keep it there. Stay on top of your waste and your processes, and you may never need to ask yourself: “What is waste management really costing me?”

How to Save Money When Working With Plastic Recycling Companies

Let’s Have a Talk About Plastic. Plastic Recycling Companies

I love plastic. You love plastic. We all love plastic, right? If you don’t love plastic, then think for a moment of what your life would be without it. Condiment bottles? Nope. Most sports balls? Yeah, no. Playgrounds? Forget about it! And that’s just the small stuff — what about medical needs like implants, hearing aids, and joint replacements? Plastics are so vital to the modern world, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their downsides. Nearly 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year, and that number may be going up. So, what can you do about it? Big companies and manufacturers ask themselves that question all the time. Most of them chose to recycle with Plastic Recycling Companies.

KenBay is a business that cares about plastics. We dedicate ourselves to the proper care and management of waste. We follow a zero-landfill initiative, and encourage other companies to follow suit! If you would like to know more about KenBay, please visit our website and explore our wide range of compactors available.

Now, Plastic Recycling Companies, such as KW Plastics, are great. It’s a simple concept, executed well, and it helps the environment. Simply send them your unused or unneeded plastic waste, and they take care of the rest. Sounds great, right? And for many companies, it is great. But smaller businesses, or businesses struggling financially, may not have the privilege of utilizing these types of opportunities. Additionally, some Plastic Recycling Companies may not be able to handle the large volumes of plastic like you need them to. How can you save money and get your large plastic compacted — faster? Simple, use a KenBay RotoPac instead!

How is a RotoPac Better?

“Now wait a minute!” you say, “Why is one small RotoPac any better than Plastic Recycling Companies? Those businesses are made to recycle plastic!” Too right, and like we said, for most companies, that option is perfectly fine. But what if we told you that a RotoPac could handle your plastic quicker and more efficiently than some of the competition? We’ve done the tests — one RotoPac can handle nearly double the weight of a traditional plastic baler — approximately 600 lbs of plastic wrap! The reason is the properties of the wrap.

Plastic wrap tends to want to “bounce back” to its original shape, making it little more difficult to compact. Basically, less material gets in there because it’s trying to expand. A RotoPac gets around that issue because it applies heat. What about if you don’t have that much volume to begin with? A RotoPac is still a great investment, if for no other reason than it reduces the amount of labor and workers. One RotoPac is small enough to be used right at the source of the waste. This means you don’t need teams of people hauling your plastic to the Plastic Recycling Company, saving you money and reducing the risk of injury.

If you want to try a KenBay RotoPac for yourself, then visit our website. You can sign up to try one before you buy it. If you like the RotoPac we send you, simply pay to purchase it and keep it right there — no big deal!

How to Make Bulk Bags Disappear in an Instant

bulk bagsA Great New Deal!

Are you tired of having to deal with bulk? You know, like those massive bulk bags that sit around taking up space? Bulk bags are great for importing and holding massive loads of stuff. But then they just sit there, taking up space, and being an eyesore. They’re way too big to throw out in the regular trash. And besides, all of that hard plastic is terrible for the environment! What can you do?

Well, worry not because KenBay has got you covered with new ‘Bulk B Gone’! That’s right, KenBay, the locally owned champions of the zero-waste initiative, brings you the next step in bulky waste management. For a few low cost payment installments, you to can own the fantastic spray that makes bulk bags disappear like magic! Our specialized chemical blend breaks down the polymers of the plastic into an environmentally friendly —

Oh.

You’re not really buying any of this, are you?

Ok, the truth is there is no spray that can make hard plastic bulk bags, also known as “super sacks,” disappear “like magic.” But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make them go away. Bulk bags are a big problem for waste management. They are difficult to deal with for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest issues is the general lack of awareness about them. Can you name what most bulk bags are made of? Do you know how to properly recycle or reuse them? The answer to both is probably no. Most of us use the benefits of the bulk bags without considering the environmental impact. So what can we do?

Battle of the Bulk

One of the best things that we can do is to break those bulk bags down . . . hard. This, as you can imagine, is not an easy task! Hard plastic polymers make up the bulk bags. That means they’re not going to break down with your regular methods. What you need is some heavy duty equipment designed to break down that plastic. Equipment which compress waste so it’s easy to toss or recycle. Fortunately, KenBay has such equipment available! Our RotoPacs are heavy-duty, and powerful to boot! As you can see in these videos, the rotating arm of the RotoPac is continuously moving. So what does this mean for the waste inside? For starters, the RotoPac cruses the waste into a convenient cube shape.

The RotoPac is powerful enough to handle any bulk bag tossed inside it. And the RotoPac is portable, so  you can use it right at the source of the waste. Also, it’s mostly self-automated, and only requires one worker to remove the waste. And that frees up the rest of your staff to go on with their regular jobs! So check out KenBay’s wide selection of waste compactors today. If you like what you see, you can try one before you buy it. We’ll ship you the trial RotoPac wherever you want, and you’ll experience the power for yourself. Best of all, KenBay makes it easy to keep the RotoPac: simply pay the difference and keep the one we send you! Rely on KenBay for bulk bags or any of your waste needs.

4 Ways to Take the Risk Out of Disposal of Waste

reduce risk for disposal of wasteLook out! It’s your . . . leftover garbage? Alright, you may not be at risk of getting poisoned or assaulted by your discarded waste, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions. Disposal of waste can actually be risky if not handled properly. This can include environmental risk, not just risk of physical or mental harm. If you want to dispose of your waste properly without all the risk and dangers, here’s 4 ways to take that risk out of disposal of waste.

If you’re looking for great waste disposal tips or just wondering how to be more environmentally conscious, check out KenBay’s website. KenBay is a small, locally owned company dedicated to promoting a zero waste initiative. We offer a wide variety of compactors and balers to make your waste disposal a breeze!

The Less Bulky, the Better!

Let’s start with something you probably already know: bulk is bad. Unless you’re trying to save money by shopping at one of those large bulk discount stores, there’s almost no situation where having an enormous product is superior to having a smaller, more compact one. Waste compactors are the same. The huge bulky ones may be able to crunch steel into small teeny tiny bits, but they’re large and heavy and require a team of what seems like 80-thousand people to move on-site. For waste compactors, it’s better to think small. As in, a small compactor that still packs a punch.

The Less Movement, the Better!

Another thing about those huge, bulky compactors is that they’re pretty rooted in place. Trust us, once the team finally manages to set that sucker down where its needed, they’re not gonna want to move it anytime soon. So what happens to your waste? Well, your workers end up having to travel with it over to where the compactor is in order to properly dispose. This is not only annoying, it’s a huge safety risk! It’s better to have a small compactor located right at the source of the waste. That way, your workers can just dump it in and forget about it.

The Less Cluttered, the Better!

One other great thing about having a small compactor on site: no temptation to use “shortcuts.” We know you have at least been tempted to take the “I’ll do it later” route when handling your disposal of waste. Just toss it in the corner, it’s out of the way, right? Well, it may be now, but keep that up and soon you’ll have a major safety concern on your hands. Your workers can’t be adjusting their route to the compactor in order to avoid the trash. Just toss it away right then, and save yourself the headache.

The Less Loose, the Better!

Think about the kind of waste you’re dealing with in the manufacturing industry. Yes, you have your cardboard and your plastic and your edge trim, but that’s not all. You also will have to dispose of metal, usually sharp metal, that sticks out with all those pointy ends. Do you want to carry it around? We didn’t think so. What’s better than loose waste? Cube waste! A good compactor will flatten and press all that waste into a convenient and easy to manage cube form. Then, just stack those cubes together into the truck and send them off to to the next life!

For easier disposal of waste, rely on KenBay to get the job done. Our compactors are small but highly efficient, and offered at a good price. Don’t believe us? You can try one out yourselfbefore you buy it!