by charlotte | Mar 31, 2016
Is your workplace feeling hectic and sometimes even unsafe with things like trash piling up unnecessarily because of inefficient workflows? It happens, but don’t let the problems drag on without making the necessary changes to not only increase everyone’s efficiency but also ensure that you are fostering a safe and desirable work setting. One of the most cost-effective ways to improve safety and efficiency while decreasing your waste is to invest in a small footprint stainless steel trash compactor. A small footprint trash compactor is the surest way to improve the environment of your facility whether you’re in manufacturing, the food and ingredient industry, or dealing with hazardous waste or explosives. There’s no better way to ensure your workplace has airtight safety and operations than optimizing your space with a small footprint compactor.
The small footprint RotoPac by KenBay only needs a space of 4 by 5 feet to fit comfortably in your work space. While it takes up very little room, it actually increases your space for waste as it compacts everything from food waste to general manufacturing waste. When you optimize your waste management with a small footprint compactor, you will also significantly reduce your waste removal costs, as your trash is reduced at a ratio of six to one, compacting up to 300 pounds per hour.
Not only does a small footprint compactor reduce the volume of your waste, but it can also significantly increases your workflow efficiency. When you invest in a compactor, take the time to consider where the disposal points in your workflow are, and how they are impacting the efficiency of everyone producing and disposing of waste. Are your waste cans in places that are inconvenient or unsafe for employees? Is an otherwise easily overlooked thing like waste really inhibiting your productivity? Most people don’t even realize it until they start considering new waste management methods to reduce costs, but find that they are also increasing productivity and safety as well.
Waste cans can often be misused, leading to fire hazards or the potential for someone to get hurt by things getting in the way. Investing in a small footprint compactor is an easy and quick fix for any safety problems being caused by your current waste management practices. You will also decrease the number of times waste needs to be removed while motivating your employees to pay more attention to their waste practices by showing them you’re committed to making their space safe and clean.
Don’t let your waste problems go without a solution. Not only are you wasting money, but you could be putting your business at legal or physical risk by neglecting waste management issues. Among many solutions is investing in a small footprint trash compactor for your workplace. If you’re interested in other waste management ideas contact KenBay for more information on how to improve your trash practices. Safety and cost are no small factors in operating a respectable and successful business. Take action before it’s too late!
by charlotte | Mar 24, 2016
When you’re in manufacturing you need to protect your intellectual property to stay competitive. You can’t be giving away all your great ideas to anybody – or throwing them away either. Intellectual property is a key reason to invest in a better waste management strategy because it will ensure that your ideas, inventions and designs are protected and remain unique to your company. Don’t overlook the importance of your waste in the security of your ideas. Streamlining your waste practices and investing in equipment like steel trash compactors is an easy and affordable way to tighten up your security.
What is Intellectual Property?
Often a buzz word in the technology industry, intellectual property actually exists in every industry. Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind, which range from designs and inventions to symbols and images used in commerce. Monopoly over these intellectual creations belongs to the person or entity that owns them by law, prohibiting their use by unauthorized parties. It is illegal to steal intellectual property, but it still happens and is worth taking every measure to protect against because it can always be tricky to prove in the court of law.
How Can Waste Management Help Protect Intellectual Property?
If your waste practices are unofficial at best, and a disaster at worst, your intellectual property could be in danger. The chances of the competition finding prototypes or flawed products in your waste is too risky to take a chance on. If you’re dealing with sensitive documents, be sure to always shred them before disposing of them to ensure their information can never be deciphered. In manufacturing facilities, waste can be a problem for many reasons including safety and pollution, but also security. If your employees are disposing of flawed product loosely, the chances of someone happening upon your intellectual property are significantly increased. Don’t take that chance.
Time for Change
Trash compactors are the solid waste equivalent to the paper shredder. Not only will your waste removal costs decrease with a compactor, but your intellectual property will be much safer when it is crushed into a cube, rendering it unable to be salvaged. While security is a great reason to reconsider your waste management practices, there will also be huge financial and sustainability benefits. A trash compactor will save you from the risk of loose trash for anyone to sift through, but why not look at your entire process of handling waste to streamline it while you’re at it? Your employees will appreciate the new challenge, as well as a cleaner and safer workspace. This will make them more productive in the long run, especially if you factor workflows into your rethinking waste management practices.
There is so much that goes into to having a well thought out waste management system. It can truly affect every aspect of your business operations from security to productivity. Don’t overlook the importance of securing your intellectual property that might end up in the garbage, as well as its effect as a motivator to change the way you handle waste in general.
by charlotte | Mar 17, 2016
Did you know that 7.6 billion tons of industrial waste is shipped to landfills in the United States each year? That’s a lot of garbage. What’s your contribution to that number? Although it is just a tiny fraction of those billions of pounds of waste being produced in this country, everybody can do their part to decrease the growing landfills in America by taking a few small steps to minimize waste, no matter what industry you’re in. Not only will your efforts to minimize waste be of great service to the environment, but they will also have financial and social benefits as well.
Here are some simple ways to minimize waste production:
Establish a Waste Management Team
If you don’t already have people in your place devoted to helping you minimize waste in your industrial facility, that is a great place to start. Be sure to find a group of like-minded people who are invested in pursuing the fiscal, social and environmental benefits to less waste production. Self-starters who are generally trusted in the workplace will be perfect to spur on the team mindset you need to get your employees educated and motivated around this common goal. Your new waste management plan will set standards within the workplace for what waste is and how it is handled.
Make sure that your facilities are as logically organized as possible so that you can easily identify all materials and waste products. Have your team work on optimizing all your workflows and spaces so that production and materials are easily defined. This will help you to analyze where you can cut out processes that might be producing excess or unnecessary waste. A better-ordered work environment also means that your waste will be more easily segregated for removal, which is one of the best ways to cut down on removal costs. Better workflows will also help your employees be more productive, and spend less time dealing with waste, which in turn will increase your productivity levels, and decrease payroll losses.
Recycle Reduce Reuse
Take advantage of the fact that the current workforce was raised on recycling. All you need to do is give them the specifics of which waste products can be recycled and how, and they’ll return to old habits. All you have to do is set up a convenient system and you’ll be saving money while you minimize your waste. If there are any waste products that can simply be cleaned up and reused, it can often be worth the time to do so. Don’t assume that it isn’t worth looking into it.
Do your research and make informed waste management decisions. It’s the only way you’ll manage to minimize waste in your facility. Companies don’t achieve close to zero waste by staying the same. They have to innovate and get creative by changing things up, challenging their employees, and putting in some extra leg work to see where improvements can be made. In the long run, they’re helping more than just their wallets.
If you want to learn more about waste management methods that will work for your business, call KenBay to learn more.
by charlotte | Mar 9, 2016
When you begin to assess your waste management processes, the ideal scenario is always based on a zero waste goal. For most industrial and manufacturing companies that isn’t realistic. One of the first things you want to consider when analyzing your waste systems is that pesky waste can. It might not seem like a big hindrance to your company right now, but after reading these few thoughts on the typical waste can problems, we believe we will have you convinced otherwise.
Waste Can Psychology?
There have been many studies done throughout the years about the psychology behind waste. Essentially the experts are arguing that better waste management practices – like recycling and waste reduction – can be spurred on by changing people’s beliefs. This usually takes nothing more than information and new habits. Most people, even in the workplace, are uninformed about the costs of waste removal, and the many ways to reduce the amount of waste created in a facility. The physical waste can, a black hole kind of object, is also inviting people to easily dispose of just about anything. This means that waste cans often collect objects that either aren’t waste, could be recycled, or from unauthorized parties. Reconsider your waste can, and educate your employees on what exactly waste is and more importantly, what it is not.
Waste Can Placement
The placement of your waste can in your facility can make a huge difference in production. If it’s in an inconvenient place, your workflow can become significantly slower with people going out of their way to remove waste from their work spaces, giving them more opportunities to get distracted. Poor waste can placement can also lead to hazards with encumbered work spaces and even fire hazards. Don’t let you waste can be a threat to your employees and your business by thinking its placement is no big deal. Carefully consider where exactly you put it, and maybe even experiment with different places. Changing up the environment will also challenge your workers to be more creative and innovative.
Ditch the Waste Can – Get a Trash Compactor
While you would be hard-pressed to completely do away with the waste cans in your facility, you can surely reduce their number by investing in a trash compactor for your manufacturing business. Trash compactors like KenBay’s RotoPac are ideal for industrial settings, allowing companies to reduce the volume of their trash at a ratio of six to one. The RotoPac can handle all kinds of waste from food to recyclables, and even solid hazardous waste. A trash compactor will help you cut down on your waste removal costs by reducing its weight.
Don’t let something silly like a waste can get in the way of your business operating as efficiently as possible. If you’re interested in trash compactors or finding a committed consultant to help you reduce your waste, call KenBay to learn more about how we can help you, no matter what industry you’re in, or how much waste you are creating. We can help you get back on track to more sustainable practices.
by charlotte | Mar 1, 2016
It can often take time to realize you have a trash problem. Chances are, you’re so busy running your manufacturing, food service, entertainment or other business to even give trash much of a thought until something starts to stink or you’re getting litter complaints from the neighbors. If you haven’t yet considered investing in a stainless steel trash compactor, it might be the time to do so. Commercial stainless steel trash compactors are amazing tools that will transform your physical space, as well as the way your employees do their work. While there is the initial investment to consider, you are sure to get a quick return on in!
- Increase Your Efficiency
Stainless steel trash compactors are of the highest quality, meaning you won’t be having to buy a new one anytime soon. They are able to reduce six cubic feet of trash, into just one cubic foot, making your contribution to the landfill that much smaller. If you’ve been having a problem with rats or bugs because of your trash, you can rest assured that by having an efficient way to compact and store trash, those problems will disappear quickly. This will create a healthier work environment for you and your employees spurring them on to better work. Stainless steel trash compactors can also be strategically placed in a space to improve the overall workflow, helping everyone to get more done with less time spent on waste management.
- Lower Waste Costs
With less volume, your hauling costs for waste will quickly decrease. Companies who use stainless steel trash compactors are typically saving 40 to 70 percent on their hauling costs and are able to reinvest those savings into things that will help grow their company. With an efficient way to manage waste, you are saving on the labor costs associated with whoever had to deal with it before. Employees are no longer having to leave the building as often to dispose of garbage, and there are fewer opportunities for people inside or outside the company to fill up your receptacles without your authorization.
- Increase Safety
Trash can even be a safety hazard, whether it is blown about by the wind, too close to a heating element, or polluting the air you are breathing all day. A stainless steel trash compactor will not only help you keep all your trash in once place, reducing the space it consumes, but it will generally make everyone more intentional in their disposal practices. With an efficient way to manage waste that also improves the space they work in and the way they work, your employees are bound to take more ownership of how they are handling waste. This creates a safer environment for everyone, reducing fire hazards, the potential to trip over a stray piece of garbage, and having a generally more sanitary workplace.
If you are considering investing in a stainless steel trash compactor, KenBay has many different models depending on your industry and the kind of waste you produce. Whether it’s hazardous waste, food waste or just lots and lots of cardboard boxes, we are sure to have a solution for you. The benefits of stainless steel trash compactors are endless!
by charlotte | Mar 1, 2016
Plastic recycling is one of the biggest ways you can both cut down on your waste management costs, as well as the United State’s growing landfills. Accumulating 254 million tons of trash each year, the country’s sustainability depends on organizations and individuals devoting their efforts to plastic recycling to raise the percentage of solid waste recycled each year. Not only is plastic recycling important to reduce waste, but it is actually a
Not only is plastic recycling important to reduce waste, but it is actually a valuable resource with versatile manufacturing uses like new containers and packaging, fiber for clothing and carpets, car parts, and plastic lumber to name a few. If you haven’t considered improving your plastic recycling practices just yet, here are some ways to make it easy.
3 Tips to Improve Your Plastic Recycling Practices
- Sort By Type
Industrial plastic recycling is much more productive if you can sort your plastics into their chemical composition. You may have noticed that most plastic containers have a number in the middle of the recycle symbol. These numbers reference the type of polymer that was used to make the container. Separating your plastic recycling by number will increase its value, which will raise your rebate. If you don’t have enough space to sort every single kind of plastic waste that you produce, work with your provider to determine which ones will be worth the most when separated.
- Don’t Forget the Wrapping
When most people think of plastic recycling, they tend to overlook everything that isn’t a bottle or container of some sort. There are many different materials that can be recycled that aren’t containers, and that aren’t numbered. For instance, plastic drums and buckets, plastic wraps, PET Pallet Banding, Super Sacks, and PP/PE Packaging among other materials. It may seem like a pain to go to the trouble of figuring out which other waste products can be recycled, but you can save more money in the long run, especially if it is a material you have a lot of.
- Get a Compactor
Rebates are typically done by weight, and most of your plastic recycling is going to take up a lot more space than it needs to. This means that you are paying to have your recycling removed inefficiently because you’re paying for air. Compactors and balers like the Rotopac are essential to improving your plastic recycling program and making it even more worth your while. RotoPac was designed to compact multiple kinds of waste from large quantities of waste and plastic recyclables to hazardous waste and cardboard boxes. It will save you money by multiple means from labor costs in breaking down things like cardboard boxes, to reducing your waste removal costs. RotoPac is known for reducing the volume of waste at a ratio consistently greater than 6 to 1, so don’t miss out on learning about this great investment.
If you’re looking to vamp up your waste management program and make it a worthwhile endeavor for your organization, digging into your plastic recycling is a great place to start. KenBay, maker of the RotoPac, can help you get to the bottom of your strategy with years of expertise helping organizations across many industries handle their waste in a sustainable way, both environmentally and financially.