Tips for Formulating a Waste Management Plan

Does your business have a waste management plan in place? If not, there’s a good chance that you’re not getting rid of the waste you create in an efficient manner. There’s also a good chance that you could be paying too much to conduct waste management. By coming up with a plan and then assessing it every few months to see where you can improve, you can reduce waste and get rid of it efficiently. Here are some tips that will help you formulate a game plan for your waste management.

Figure out how much waste your company creates.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of companies that don’t know how much waste they create on a weekly or monthly basis. As a result, they have no way of knowing if they’re creating too much waste or getting rid of their waste in the most efficient way possible. Prior to creating a waste management plan, it’s important to crunch the numbers and figure out how much waste your company creates so that you know what kind of waste management equipment you could benefit from using.

Find out what kinds of waste are being created.

All waste is not created equal. Your company should be disposing of regular waste differently than it disposes of items that can be recycled. Your company should also be finding ways to break down certain items, like cardboard boxes, so that they don’t take up more space than they have to inside of waste receptacles. While you’re calculating how much waste your company creates, you should also take a look at the types of waste that are created so that you can manage them more effectively.

Set goals for your company and stick to them.

Is your company’s goal to create less waste? It’s a great goal to have, and it will encourage your employees to take a more active role in your waste management practices and procedures. Of course, you will have to clearly define how your company will try to create less waste so that they know how they can help, but as you’re formulating a waste management plan, make sure you create some goals. It will make it easier for your plan to fall into place.

Once you have come up with a waste management plan, Action Compaction Equipment can help you to adhere to it. We can provide you with the industrial waste and recycling equipment you will need to follow through with your plan. Call us at 801-565-1033 today to discover why so many companies have come to us for assistance with their waste management needs.

Things to Avoid Throwing in Your Regular Garbage

There are some people who mistakenly believe they can throw just about anything into their garbage cans for weekly trash pickup. So they take an item like batteries and put it out by the curb with the rest of their trash on their designated pickup day and don’t think anything of it. But in actuality, batteries need to be dropped off at specialized recycling facilities and not thrown away with the rest of your garbage. Here are some other things you should avoid throwing away with your regular trash.

Paints, stains, varnishes, and more

When it’s time to dispose of paints, stains, varnishes, paint removers, and more, people usually do one of two things with it. They either put it out with their regular trash or dump it down the drain. Both of these options are terrible for the environment and could cause major problems down the road. Rather than doing either of those things, you should find a facility that accepts household hazardous waste and drop off your paints, stains, and varnishes there.

Electronics

You might not realize it, but there are many electronics that contain metals like lead and cadmium in them. Therefore, they cannot simply be discarded with the rest of your trash. Instead, there are usually specific drop-off centers located in many cities and towns for e-waste. These centers help prevent metals from infiltrating landfills.

Light bulbs

Both fluorescent light bulbs and compact fluorescent light bulbs contain small traces of mercury in them. While it’s not a terribly large amount, this mercury can seep out when a light bulb is broken, and obviously lightbulbs will get broken if you throw them out with your garbage. To prevent mercury from being released into the environment, you should take any florescent light bulbs to a household hazardous waste facility.

These are just a few of the common household items that need to be disposed of properly. Action Compaction Equipment specializes in providing companies with the equipment they need to get rid of garbage and waste the right way. Call us at 801-565-1033 today to discover how we can help your company with waste management, recycling, and more.

The Importance of Sorting Recyclables

Recycling plastic, paper, metal, and others recyclables is great for the environment. Any time an item can be recycled rather than thrown into a landfill, it helps the planet. But in order for recycling companies to make the most of recycled products, it’s important for recyclables to be sorted out.

Sorting recyclables is important for a very simple reason. When you sort recyclables, you place them with similar recyclables that can then be chopped or melted down and used to make new products. But when you fail to sort the recyclables out, it can make it difficult to turn them into recycled products.

For example, there are several different types of metals, including aluminum and tin, that can be recycled. You can take a bunch of aluminum cans, melt them down, and then use all of that aluminum to create new metal products. But if you fail to sort the metals correctly at the beginning of the process, you might end up with a bunch of different metals melted down, which will create an alloy. That could prevent you from creating the recycled products you want further down the line, and it could ruin the entire recycling process.

The same can be said for other recyclables like plastic. There are several different kinds of plastic, and the last thing you want to do is chop plastic into a bunch of tiny pieces only to find that the different kinds are mixed together. It will prevent you from turning the plastic into recycled products, and it could end up creating unnecessary waste. Therefore, proper sorting needs to be done from the start to ensure that you end up with the recycled products you’re looking for at the end of everything.

Action Compaction Equipment can make life easier for those companies who handle recycling. We offer high-quality industrial waste and recycling equipment and have more than 35 years of experience in the industry. Call us at 801-565-1033 today to discover why so many waste and recycling companies have trusted our equipment in the past.

Waste Management Problems Facing the World

Many Americans might not necessarily realize it, but the world is currently facing big problems when it comes to waste management.

Specifically, many countries like the U.S. are creating far too much waste and filling up landfills at an alarming rate. While America has regular trash pickup in most parts of the country, which is more than can be said for other nations, the U.S. produced more than 254 million tons of waste in 2013 alone, according to the Los Angeles Times, which is far too much waste for one single country. And the world as a whole is currently generating about 1 billion tons of waste per year, with that number expected to soar to 4 billion over the next 80 years. Clearly, many countries are being too wasteful, and it is having adverse effects on the environment.

Unfortunately, there are also many countries throughout the world that don’t have the same kind of access to waste pickup as the U.S. and other developed countries. As a result, these countries are adding to a much different problem. They are often relying on illegal dumpsites to get rid of their waste, which is causing pollution to become problematic. The World Bank estimates that about 4 billion people worldwide use these sites, and they are polluting rivers, groundwater, sewage systems, and more in the process. They are also leading diseases to spread quickly in many of these countries and causing many health concerns.

What is the solution to these problems? In the first case, Americans and other countries need to make more of an effort to stop discarding so much stuff. By recycling and reusing items, they can help cut down on the amount of waste that is being created. In the second case, underdeveloped countries need to be given the tools that are necessary to manage waste effectively. It will help cut down on pollution and make these countries healthier places to live. Overall, there is so much work that needs to be done to fix the world’s waste management problems, and while it’s going to take a lot of time and effort, it needs to be done if we all want to avoid the potentially catastrophic side effects of these problems.

Action Compaction Equipment is a company that is committed to providing real waste management solutions. We have new and used equipment that is designed to make waste management more efficient. If your company needs help with waste management, call us at 801-565-1033 today to find out how we can serve you.

A Look at the Different Types of Garbage Trucks

The very first “garbage trucks” ever used by humans were likely little more than just small carts that were utilized to carry away waste that people didn’t want anymore. But over the years, garbage trucks have evolved, and at the moment, there are several different types of garbage trucks that are employed to haul away trash. Here are a few of the kinds of garbage trucks that are used today.

Front Loader Garbage Trucks

These types of garbage trucks are typically used to service commercial and industrial companies that have dumpsters filled with trash that need to be emptied on a regular basis. The trucks have hydraulically controlled forks near the front of them that are designed to pick up these dumpsters and empty them into the truck, where it is then compacted before eventually being disposed of in a landfill or recycling facility.

Rear Loader Garbage Trucks

These types of garbage trucks are most often used in residential areas where garbagemen are used to collect trash from garbage cans located near the curb. They have a large opening in the rear of the vehicle where bags of trash can be thrown and then compacted. They are also used for commercial purposes at times depending on the needs of specific companies.

Side Loader Garbage Trucks

These types of trucks are becoming more popular by the day as they only require a single operator and rely on an automatic robotic arm to pick up trash from residential locations. They can service up to 1,500 homes per day and reduce the manpower needed to collect trash pick-ups.

Roll Off Garbage Trucks

These types of garbage trucks are often used by construction and demolition companies that are in need of roll off containers on their job sites. The containers can be dropped off, filled over time, and then hauled away once they are full.

Action Compaction Equipment stocks a number of different types of garbage trucks and can provide you with trucks that will fit your needs. Call us at 801-565-1033 to learn more about the garbage trucks we have and what they can do for you.

The Importance of Medical Facilities Utilizing Medical Waste Sterilizers

Sterilizers play an extremely important role in the medical field. There are certain types of medical equipment that is only used once and then discarded, but there are other types that are used over and over again during medical procedures. These pieces of equipment need to be cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized between uses in order to ensure that microorganisms are not transferred to patients during procedures. Bacteria, viruses, and more can all be deactivated during the sterilization process.

It’s also important for medical facilities to sterilize medical waste before it is thrown away. If it is not decontaminated before being placed into a waste bin, medical waste can spread diseases both inside of medical facilities and outside of them once it is taken away. Therefore, hospitals and other medical centers rely on sterilizers to decontaminate waste before throwing it away. It might seem silly to “clean” waste that is never going to be used again, but you would be surprised how easily diseases can spread when medical waste is not sterilized. Medical facilities can cause a lot of trouble if they don’t take waste sterilization seriously, and they could even encounter legal issues if they are found to be negligent when it comes to sterilizing their medical equipment and waste.

Action Compaction Equipment carries a wide range of industrial medical waste sterilizers that are designed to sterilize both medical equipment and medical waste. All of the equipment we sell is approved by the General Services Administration and equipped to handle all of your sterilization needs. Whether you run a large hospital or a small medical care facility, you need to have the latest state-of-the-art sterilizers on hand to disinfect your equipment and waste. Call us at 801-565-1033 today to speak with someone on our staff and to learn more about the sterilizers we have in stock.

 

Possible Future Trends for Waste Management

Waste Management With more and more people on the planet, where are we going to put all of our garbage? In the future, will we keep creating and filling landfills? Ideally– no. Instead of just burying old, no longer needed items, the trend is toward recycling in what’s called a “circular” rather than “linear” model.

When you think of a line, it has a beginning and an end. A circle, however, doesn’t. For the longest time, people have mostly dealt with their waste in a linear fashion– we buy something, consume it, and throw it out. Where does it end up? Most likely, our “junk” ends up buried in the ground in a landfill somewhere. The current and future trend, though, is to sort out our waste in a way that makes sure as many things as possible can literally be recycled. Therefore, this circular approach means instead of filling the land with “junk,” we re-use it in feasible and new ways. Plastic bottles for water and soda are prime examples of how society can and does recycle. Rather than pile these bottles up in landfills, they get “melted down” (for lack of a better term) and their materials are reformed such that yesterday’s bottles become today’s bottles which then become tomorrow’s bottles.

In the years to come, look for more and more companies to join and develop what has been deemed the “reprocessing industry.” Essentially, this industry finds the valuable resources in what most people would consider trash, waste or junk. It then takes these resources and supplies manufacturers with them so they can continue to make new products for consumption.

Besides recycling and reprocessing items, the future trend for waste companies looks to be headed in the direction of turning waste into energy. Both thermal and biological technologies make this possible and profitable.

How we deal with our waste obviously depends on a number of factors. When businesses cooperate with governmental policies and mandates to reduce the amount of waste in the world, we all benefit.

 

What is The GSA?

GSAOn the homepage of Action Compaction Equipment’s website, you’ll notice the GSA logo and the words “GSA Approved Vendor.”  What is the GSA?

GSA stands for General Services Administration. It’s an independent U.S. government agency originally established in 1949 by President Truman. Basically, it was started to streamline administrative work of the federal government, dealing with administering supplies and providing workplaces for federal employees. Back then, GSA handled a variety of tasks, including disposing of war surplus goods as well as stockpiling supplies for wartime. Today, GSA’s role typically includes providing transportation and workspace to federal workers and facilitating the government’s purchase of goods and services from commercial vendors. The GSA is involved in constructing, managing and preserving government buildings. It also handles government websites and works to develop government-wide cost-minimizing policies.

There are about 12,000 federal workers employed by the GSA, overseeing $66 billion of procurement annually. The GSA has several divisions, including the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), the Public Buildings Service (PBS), and the Technology Transformation Service (TTS).

When you see the term “GSA approved” it indicates that an organization (like Action Compaction Equipment) has been approved to sell to the U.S. government through the GSA.

When an organization is “GSA approved,” that means the government buyer benefits from shorter lead times, lower administrative costs and less complex procurement regulations. In essence, the GSA helps streamline government purchasing by approving quality organizations, like Action Compaction Equipment, as a “go-to” source for products needed, such as trash compactors and odor control systems.

Besides dealing with workspaces and buildings, the GSA is essentially the purchasing department of the U.S. government. It regularly lists contracts or schedules so vendors can make their bids to get government business.

To find out more information about the GSA, please visit its website at http://www.gsa.gov/.

 

 

 

Reasons to Shred Important Business Documents

Shredding Business DocumentsIf you’re in business, you know that there’s a lot of paperwork involved, even in the age of electronic mail and cloud computing. People still like to have a paper receipt to prove they bought something. They also receive bills with sensitive information on them, like their social security number, home address and phone number(s).

What can a business do with paperwork they no longer need or want? Furthermore, what can a business do with paperwork that has information on it that no one else should ever see? Action Compaction Equipment recommends utilizing an industrial-strength shredder to shred important business documents.

Why shred documents? First, you shred them to protect your customers from things like identity theft. If their sensitive information was to get in the wrong hands, their information could essentially be stolen and used in a way that would cause them many problems. For instance, if you collect a stack of papers with people’s credit card numbers on them, and you don’t shred them and someone finds them in the garbage what’s to say they wouldn’t try using those numbers to buy all sorts of things?

It’s not just customers who need protection– it’s employees, too. Basically, there are all sorts of documents that should be shredded, including voided checks, old pay stubs, and health records.

Shredding is a smart thing to do and it ends up saving space. Rather than have piles and piles of old papers taking up space in your office, shredding them helps ultimately get rid of them so they’re not taking up otherwise valuable space that could be better utilized for something else.

Action Compaction Equipment sells rugged, all-steel constructed heavy duty shredders. With their whisper quiet operation and powerful motor they can quickly and conveniently shred papers as well as paper clips and staples. Action Compaction also sells conveyor fed cross-cut shredders. Call 801-565-1033 to order your shredder today.

 

The Importance of Waste Management

Waste Management Action Compaction Equipment is in the business of designing, installing, servicing and maintaining quality machines that can handle waste and recycling. What are the benefits of good waste management?

What would happen if people continued to use stuff and then throw it out? We’d be buried in mounds of trash on this planet. It would be an environmental disaster. As it is, there’s already too much trash floating in our oceans and blowing in the wind in various countries. When waste management isn’t done, you get terrible living conditions where people and animals get diseases. It’s not a good thing.

Here’s the interesting thing: waste, even though it’s waste, has value. If and when people set policies that are put into practice to effectively deal with, and, better yet, recycle waste, waste gets turned into a resource.

The recycling movement is very good for the economy. When things like soda cans and old newspapers get recycled, not only does that put people to work to physically run the machines doing the recycling, but it also takes old things and makes them new again. Think of all the products we can buy today that are smartly made from recycled materials. It’s much better to reuse what we’ve got than to just throw stuff away. Recycling creates new jobs and business opportunities.

Recycling waste is good for the environment. Waste can give off “greenhouse gas emissions” that can harm the air we breathe. Therefore, less waste means cleaner air. Action Compaction Equipment has machines that take large quantities of waste and compacts them into smaller sizes so they don’t take up as much space. Would you rather have a landfill that stretches for miles and miles or one that takes up less space?

We also have to think of future generations. What kind of a world will society leave its children and their children? Waste management done well today ends up benefitting those who are born tomorrow. We have to be careful regarding our environment– the less pollution, the better for everyone’s sake.

Finally, waste management is a social issue. Would you want to live in an unhealthy dump with open sewers of filth, unclean water, and trash strewn about on the streets? Of course not. Proper waste management practices keep streets and neighborhoods clean, allowing for decent living conditions and a society that develops rather than gets stuck in its own trash.