Trash removal doesn’t have to be the dreary topic it presumes to be, especially when you start to think outside the box and consider the bigger picture. So many good things can come from rethinking your trash removal and all the things associated with it. If you have yet to reassess your business or home waste management practices, then take some time to consider the amount of waste you’re producing and where it’s going. There are some very simple ways to get started in completely making over your waste removal standards, be it at work or home.
Find Your Waste Removal Devotees
Chances are there are people in your midst who are already secretly playing the goal of garbage police, taking it upon themselves to monitor the trash can even if it is unofficial. These are going to be your go-to people in beginning the transformation of waste removal in your business, and will keep the entire project from falling on the shoulders of ownership and management. Bring a team together around the common goals of reducing waste to both save the company money on hauling costs and by recycling, as well as giving something back to the community like less pressure on your local landfills.
Where is Your Waste Coming From?
The first place to start in remaking your waste removal strategy is to figure out what your waste consists of. The easiest way to do this, especially if you’re in a large facility, is to take on a weakly waste audit challenge. Checking your waste at the end of each day will give you a much better idea of where in your production the most waste is coming from. When you know where your garbage is being produced, you can then consider ways to reduce its creation and therefore waste removal as well.
Recycle Anything You Can
Many recyclables go completely overlooked, or are simply more convenient to throw in the trash for lack of a nearby recycling bin. A great place to start in reducing your waste is to vamp up your recycling program through first, education and second, logistics. Make sure you and your employees are aware of absolutely everything that can go in the recycling. Then make sure that there are always visible recycling bins around. Cardboard is a huge (quite literally the largest volume of waste created) culprit of recyclable goods ending up in landfills, and is usually easily avoided with the right measures in place.
Reuse or Regift
A lot of your waste, you will find, may not be recyclable but might still have some purpose or use for another business in your area or perhaps a local junk collecting store for all those DIYers out there. It could surely take some extra time to get this project going in full force, but it will also help your business build ties with the community around it, and potentially give an employee an exciting new job to take hold of.
Don’t underestimate the power of reducing your waste removal costs by taking these few steps seriously. If you want to do even more you can call KenBay to learn about our state of the art trash compactors and how we can help you improve your waste management practices.
Paint disposal or storage can be a daunting task whether you’re dealing with a small home supply or an industrial facility with various paints and solvents to consider. With just a few protocols, you can be sure that your paint disposal is always safe and environmentally sound, no matter the quantities you’re handling. Taking care of your paint disposal in the proper way will do more than just ensure the safe handling of hazardous waste, it will also save you money in long run, and reduce risk in either your workplace or home.
Reduce Your Need for Paint Disposal
Whether you’ve recently repainted your house, or work in the autobody business and go through gallons every day, proper paint disposal is equally important to consider. But before you get to that step, there are many measures you can take to reduce the amount of waste you have when the job is done. First, make sure that you can return any unopened paint cans or spray bottles. You will not only get reimbursed and save yourself some money, but it will also ensure that the paint actually gets used instead of thrown away. Safely store some of the leftover paint in a cool dark location for touch ups, and be sure it is tightly sealed. You can even switch it into smaller airtight containers to save space or get a better seal. Properly stored paints and solvents will usually remain safe to use for up to ten years, so give them a permanent home that is out of the reach of the kids. There are also ways of re-tinting paint to use it for new or different purposes than you originally bought it for.
Leftover Paint Disposal
If there is still paint or solvents (often used for cleaning) that you cannot repurpose or save for future use, you will need to find the proper means to dispose of them. These materials are usually considered liquid hazardous waste, so they cannot go in the dumpster. Call your local waste sector to find out how you ought to handle paint disposal, which will typically involve a certain kind of airtight container for paint. It will also have to be kept separate from the rest of your waste and recycling to ensure that contamination does not occur.
Solid Waste in Paint Disposal
A paint can or spray bottle is considered empty if it has less than one inch of paint at the bottom of it. Empty the vessel by either pouring or pumping the paint out of it, and once you have done this, it is considered recyclable, in which case you take the usual measures to separate it out from landfill waste. If paint cans are a significant portion of your waste, you might want to consider investing in a trash compactor that will help you consolidate the otherwise non-pliable materials to save time and money on your recycling efforts. A trash compactor will reduce the size of your waste at a rate of six to one.
When tackling your paint disposal process, keep these things in mind. If you’re dealing with paint disposal on a large scale, call KenBay for an expert opinion on your particular waste management needs.
Every year there are 400 million tons of paper and cardboard products created worldwide, and recycling just one ton of that material can save as many as 31 trees from being cut down. About 50% of recycled paper comes from industry and business, making room for a huge market of cardboard recycling services within the waste management field. Through the sorting, compacting, baling, shredding, washing, bleaching, pressing and re-rolling process that takes place when cardboard is recycled, it’s no surprise that recycling centers love to reward businesses with cardboard recycling trash compactors.
10 Ways to Save When You Practice Cardboard Recycling
- Save the Trees!
With dwindling forests around the world, especially in those prized tropical and developing countries like the infamous Borneo, recycling and using recycled products should become a practice we all partake in.
- Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming a field all its own as companies realize that part of creating a lifestyle that attracts both talent and investment is the good deeds people are longing to do. A commitment to something like cardboard recycling sets the stage for yet more good works.
- Relieve Overflowing Landfills
Every ton of paper recycled saves about 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, significantly reducing the amount of waste we send there each year.
- Cardboard is the Biggest
Cardboard recycling is so important because it is the largest form of waste created by business each year, and accounts for about 30 million tons of landfill waste annually.
- Improve Productivity With a Trash Compactor
A stainless steel trash compactor is an easy investment to make if you’re looking to improve your cardboard recycling practices. They will allow your employees to focus more on their tasks at hand than managing waste removal.
- Save on Removal
A trash compactor will decrease the volume of waste you create at a rate of six to one, meaning each load you have hauled away will contain more waste.
- Cut Labor Costs
With a trash compactor, you can eliminate a large portion of someone’s responsibilities, making your workplace more efficient and either cutting down on overtime hours or even trimming down staff as your dial in your workflows.
- Create Income
If you are selling enough cardboard recycling back to the recycling companies, you can not only cover your hauling costs, but you can actually earn money doing it.
- Reduce Hazards
Hazards are dangerous and can end up being costly if the wrong thing happens. Efficient cardboard recycling reduces risk by ensuring that there aren’t constantly big piles of boxes sitting around that could potentially start a fire.
- Improve Your Workplace Environment
Proper waste management practices like cardboard recycling can be central to creating a clean and welcoming work environment that is bound to cut down on your turnover rates. Investing in your space can save you a lot of money on hiring and training in the long run.
When it comes to waste management, a small investment in something like a trash compactor to improve your cardboard recycling can show you big returns, and quickly. Not only are you bound to save face, money, and time, but your employees will be prouder of where they work, and more excited about being there. For more information on improving and upgrading the way you handle waste, call KenBay!
With the new year well underway, it’s time to start thinking about those small business investments you’ve been wanting to get to one of these days. With a minimal investment, waste management can be a crucial step in streamlining manufacturing processes as well as reducing costs. A trash compactor is one of the surest ways to get a return on your investment quickly while minimizing your environmental footprint by sending less waste to the landfill. With a little bit of innovation and the right equipment, you can completely makeover your waste strategy for the better of both your business and the world.
Why a Trash Compactor
No matter what industry you’re in there is a trash compactor that will work perfectly for you without taking up any more space in your facility than a standard sized pallet. The small footprint RotoPac by KenBay only needs a space of 4 by 5 feet to fit comfortably in your workspace. 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 trash 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 trash compactor reduce the volume of your waste, but it can also significantly increase your workflow efficiency.
Trash Compactor Options
KenBay offers a trash compactor for nearly every industry from the chemical industries to the food and beverage industry. Here are some of our best specs.
The most versatile trash compactor of the bunch, the RotoPac works in manufacturing and assembly plants, marine environments, food and beverage, distribution centers, aerospace facilities and on ships. It is good to handle all non-metallic solid waste, anti-theft materials, recyclables, hazardous solids and much more. With a trash compactor bag the RotoPac can handle just about any kind of waste you are producing and reduce its size significantly.
Whether you’re disposing of your solid hazardous waste in approved bags or boxes, the HazPac can handle it ensuring that you are disposing of it safely and compactly. All three types of solid hazardous waste are approved for this model.
This is the explosion proof trash compactor designed to operate safely in environments where there might be flammable gasses or vapors present. There are two classes of BlastPac depending on whether your facility may have flammable gas or dust.
Perfect for any food manufacturing environment, the SacPac is the ideal trash compactor for both food packaging and recyclable materials.
The marine trash compactor is built to withstand extreme environments like oil rigs in the tropics and meets the worldwide standards for these circumstances.
Will an otherwise easily overlooked thing like waste really inhibit 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. Call KenBay to learn more about the perfect trash compactor for your business.