Countries all over the world are looking into comprehensive waste management plans to help alleviate issues brought on by excessive garbage. For almost 35 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tracked and reported on garbage statistics in the United States. The current rate of municipal solid waste (MSW) production is estimated by the government to be 292.4 million US short tons, or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Out of the MSW that was produced, about 69 million tons were recycled, and 25 million tons were composted.
What Is the Internet of Things (IoT)?
The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the network of physical objects that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems.
Water 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:
- 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”
Bakeries, 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
- They are made of mixed materials, i.e., plastic and paper make them unfeasible to easily and properly recycle.
- Large volumes of bags require wasted hours of physical labor & forklifts to transport bags to waste compactor, especially to stationary compactors or dumpsters.
- 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
- 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
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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?”
Got an old painting project that you haven’t done in a while? Maybe some old cans stored up in the garage that you haven’t used yet? What about if you’re involved in the manufacturing industry? Paint is certainly useful, but unused wasteful paint can actually be really harmful. Worse still, disposing of paint can get . . . complicated. So if you have some extra cans lying around, here’s some advice on how to get rid of old paint.
For this and other great waste removal tips, rely on KenBay to have the info you need. We commit ourselves to a zero-waste initiative, and encourage other companies to follow suit. visit KenBay’s website today and learn about our wide assortment of compactors available.
How to Get Rid of Old Paint (And Other Safety Tips)
Check what kind of paint it is
There’s basically two kinds of paint we’re concerned about: oil and latex. Latex is water based and very safe to store. Most of the paint you encounter for home use is latex based. Oil paint is highly toxic and flammable and should be handled with care. For these tips, we’ll be separating them into oil and latex categories.
Oil: Do NOT throw away in the trash
This is important with latex paint as well, but even more so for oil-based: do not just throw it away in the garbage! Oil paint could ignite easily and deal some serious fire damage to whoever is handling it.
Oil: Do not store for too long!
Equally as important: while you can store latex paint for a long time, oil paint will eventually reach an expiration limit. Once that occurs, it can emit dangerous toxic fumes.
Oil: Take to a proper facility which handles HHW.
Oil paint is classified as a HHW, which stands for Household Hazardous Waste. There are facilities specially handled to dispose of these kinds of materials. Find one in your local area to take your oil-based paint to.
Check your drop off-time
While you’re searching for an HHW disposal facility, make sure you check if there are any special regulated drop off or pickup times.
Latex: When Possible, Recycle Your Old Paint
Latex paint can be stored for a long time, but don’t let it go to waste on your shelf! It is possible to recycle old paint at special facilities. Find one in your local area! Or repurpose leftover paint for some other project. Perhaps there are some small toys in need a color touch up?
Latex: Donate to someone else in need.
If you can’t (or don’t want to) recycle your paint, see if someone else can use it!
Latex: If possible, move into a smaller jar or can.
If space is your main concern, it is perfectly fine to move your excess paint into a smaller mason jar or old soup can. Make sure you cover the lid completely with something like saran wrap so that it doesn’t dry.
Latex: Turn into a Dry Solid First
If you simply must dispose of your latex paint, don’t make a mess by pouring it into the trash. Instead, harden the paint first. Let it sit outside with the lid open and the sun will take care of the rest. After the paint is hardened, it is perfectly safe to throw out, along with the old can.
Latex: Mix with Newspaper or Cat Litter to Speed Dry
For the impatient among us, simply mix the old paint with shredded newspaper, sawdust, or cat litter. The material causes the paint to dry faster, and you will be able to dispose of it quicker.
We hope you found these tips on how to get rid of old paint useful! For non-paint related waste, trust KenBay to have the compactors you need. Our RotoPac can handle any major waste challenge with ease. If you want to experience one for yourself, you can try it before you buy it.
A 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 —
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.
In the future, robots and other machines will handle all of our waste Picture “The Jetsons.” Picture the Death Star trash compactor in “Star Wars.” Handling and disposing of the garbage falls entirely on someone else, and we never need to touch it again. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Unfortunately, that future is probably a long ways off. So what can we do in the present?
Well, KenBay is all about proper waste disposal, but that doesn’t mean we think handling waste all the time is good either! When you’re trying to get rid of your trash, it’s better to be quick, fast, and done. So, here are some ways to reduce handling when handling waste.
Do Away With Boxes
Oh boxes, so essential to our everyday life and, paradoxically, so wasteful. Boxes are a bit of a trap, waste wise, because every time you order more, you’re just adding to the waste! There are some cool ideas to reduce boxes, like this nifty little invention. But nothing has really taken off yet to do away with the hundreds of billions of boxes created each year.
True, you can recycle the cardboard, and indeed most people do. But you still need to find a place to put the boxes. Not to mention, most of them are on the small side. If you’re using boxes to hold your temporary waste, you probably need to make a lot of trips! A better solution would be something like Super Sacks, which are larger and can hold up to 4000 lbs of waste. They can also be reused if you’re careful with them, and they are easy to recycle just like cardboard!
Place Compactor at the Source of the Waste
Of course, one of the biggest time wasters when handling waste is having to travel on your factory floor to the compactor itself. Keep in mind, you’re probably carrying an armful of junk too, inhibiting your movement and your vision. This is a workplace hazard! A better answer is to have a smaller compactor, when you can place right at the source of the waste. Finished with that cardboard or edge trim? Great! Just toss it into the compactor and keep moving, no muss or fuss.
Compact and Stack
Finally, when you are handling waste, you want to make the fewest amount of trips possible. For one thing, nobody wants to go back and forth just for garbage. For another thing, as previously mentioned, it’s a workplace hazard. So how to you get more trash to the truck, quicker? Easy! Buy a compactor that presses the garbage into a cube shape. The cubes of trash can be more easily loaded into something like a super sack or a lift.
KenBay does all of this for you! Our RotoPac compactors are small enough to be used on site. And our continuously rotating arm presses the waste together into those nice neat little cubes. We may not be living in the future, but we have the answers you need today!
If you want to try out a RotoPac for yourself, then you can make a request and we’ll send one to you! And if you decide you like it, simply pay the money to keep what we’ve sent!
We are almost two months into 2017, and many people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you wanted to be more environmentally minded this year, but that mindset fell by the wayside in favor of other obligations. Is it too late for you to make the changes you wanted so badly last December? Not at all! We here at KenBay believe that the second best time to change your habits is today (the best time was yesterday). If you want to make 2017 your year of change, here’s a great mantra to live by: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
If you want to make an environmental difference at your plant, reducing waste should be one of your first priorities. How do you know the amount of waste you’re generating? A great first step is to examine your material flow. Look at what’s coming into your plant, how it is used, and how it leaves. Once you’ve identified the source of your waste, then you can take steps to reduce it!
One great way to help reduce your waste is to reuse it! This can look like a lot of different things. Perhaps you can find alternative uses for the giant plastic bags your products come in. Or perhaps you can repurpose scrap metal instead of leaving it around (which, by the way, is a big safety hazard!) And remember, reusing materials doesn’t have to mean physical materials like plastic and metal. Resources like water and energy can also be reused. You can conserve on multiple levels!
The last step in our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra is recycling. Interestingly, this is probably the first thing you thought of. And why not? Everyone knows about recycling. Improved environmental education has taught our children the benefits of recycling from a young age. But what is important to keep in mind is that before we can recycle, we must first reduce our waste and reuse what we can. How can we recycle? It’s actually easy — stop sending your waste into landfills! Landfills generate greenhouse gasses and can secrete chemicals into the earth.
Instead, send the waste you can’t reuse to a proper recycling facility. Additionally, look into whether waste-to-energy is a viable option. Waste-to-energy is an excellent alternative to traditional fossil fuels. You’ll reduce your waste and help our energy problem at the same time. It’s like an environmental double whammy!
Remember the mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It’s not to late to make these changes for 2017. One thing that can help you reduce waste more effectively? Utilizing the right kind of compactor. A KenBay RotoPac is portable, which means it can be stored at the source of the waste. Say goodbye to enormous compactors that take up half the room! Because our RotoPacs have a constantly rotating arm, your waste is continually pressed and tightened into a convenient cube shape. Cubes are great for stacking and hauling over to the recycling facility! If you are interested in purchasing a KenBay RotoPac for yourself, you can try it before you buy it. If you enjoy the RotoPac, you can even pay to keep the one we send you. Change is possible this year, and KenBay can help.
If someone were to ask you how much you spend on trash disposal for your home, would you know the answer? Perhaps you do, because for most of us that cost is around $10 to $40 per month, or a couple hundred per year. At that low price, you can see how one might take waste collection for granted. It’s far too easy to get into a routine of leaving the garbage out on the curb for someone else to handle. I can certainly say that I’ve let it slip my mind!
Well business and manufacturing plant owners don’t really get that luxury. Trash disposal and handling is integrated into their yearly budget. Far from a couple hundred, they are usually paying upwards of $900 depending on their location. Suddenly it’s not so easy to let trash disposal slip your mind, is it? KenBay understands that plight and want to help! If you are looking to increase savings without sacrificing your environmental integrity, this week’s blog is for you. Here are some great ways to cut costs out of industrial trash disposal.
How Much Does Your Trash Cost?
Besides the average cost of living in your location, there are actually a lot of contributing factors to the cost of your waste management. Some key ones include the volume of the waste as well as the specific types you are getting rid of. Certain materials are more difficult to dispose of than others. Other factors include the cost of manpower, fuel for the trucks, and the number of trips between the dump and your factory. Add it all together and it’s no wonder that garbage gets so costly over time!
Good News for Your Trash Disposal
You may be sweating, considering how many small factors could end up contributing to such a big debt. But here is the good news: you can control almost all of the ones I just mentioned! The best way to reduce your trash volume is, of course, reusing and recycling. You aren’t hauling what doesn’t need to be thrown out, after all. As to the other factors, we here at KenBay can offer some assistance with them!
See, a KenBay RotoPac is ideal for compacting your waste because it is small and has a high level of compaction. Its size means that it is more portable than a regular compactor, and can be used right at the source of your waste! This means less handling and less money spent towards manpower. Additionally, a KenBay RotoPac continually presses all your waste into tight airless cubes. These cubes are more stackable, and allow you to fill up more of the truck. Remember, you are paying for volume, not weight! The less of that volume is filled with air, the more money you are saving. This in turn saves money on fuel, since you are making fewer trips!
If you think a KenBay RotoPac is the trash disposal answer you’ve been looking for, then check out our website. We have a wide selection of RotoPacs to fit any waste need. You can try a RotoPac before you choose to buy it, and we will send it to your site. If you like it, simply pay to keep the one we already sent you! Start seeing the savings, with KenBay!