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.


What are Foam Densifiers?

Foam DensifiersWaste that companies throw away comes in many forms, including foam. To dispose of it, many just simply throw it into a baler for compaction, but that isn’t ideal. Fortunately, foam densifiers can help.

Foam densifiers compact loose foam products into blocks for transportation and storage before they are recycled. So instead of just having your recycled foam sitting around waiting to be picked up, you can put it all together using a densifier, which makes it easier for waste companies to transport it.

There are different types of densifiers, including hydraulic, thermal, screw drive and hybrid, all of which operate in their own unique way.

Hydraulic densifiers, if you couldn’t tell from the name, use hydraulic pressure to compact foam and destroy its memory. Compacting this way requires no heat so there no smoke or odors are emitted from the machine. So where hydraulic densifiers don’t use heat, thermal densifiers do. They use it to break down foam into a long rope and then it is transferred into the containers it will be transported in.

Screw drive densifiers use augers to push the foam through at different speeds and pressure depending on the amount of foam it is handling. They operate best when the foam is one consistent density, so if your company has numerous types of foam they dispose of, this might not be the densifier for you. Hybrid densifiers combine parts of the hydraulics and screw drives to create a very efficient way of processing and compacting foam.

Action Compaction offers quality built industrial trash compactors, balers, and shredders to help your company control their waste. We will work with you to find the best fit to help your company best manage its waste. If you would like more information on our available products, feel free to call us today at 801-565-1033!

How to Avoid Waste from Causing a Stench

Odorous TrashAfter we throw out the trash, we tend to forget about the potential stench it can create. If left untouched, the stench can grow and become an irritant for you and your coworkers. So, to make sure your waste doesn’t leave a stench, you might want to invest in an odor control system from Action Compaction.

One of the many systems we offer is Piian System. This odor control system is all natural and eliminates odor through absorption and bio-degrading odorous compounds. There are numerous models of this system, but all of them offer adjustable output levels, so depending on how bad the stench is, you can put the system at the appropriate setting to handle it.

Another great odor control system is the Mini Mist Vaporizer System, which works well in a variety of areas, including trash compactors, large public restrooms, and building ventilation systems. Therefore, if controlling the odor is a tall task, then this system might be the right one for the job.

If you work in a place where different odors are a common occupational hazard, then a fogging system might be more of what you’re looking for. Our Flexi and Mega Fog Systems work great recycling facilities, landfills and sewage and industrial waste plants. These systems will simply fog out the odor and push it out instead of breaking it down like the previously mentioned systems.

Now if you are looking a system that will not only eliminate the odor but control it as well, then the Sonozaire Odor Neutralizer might be just what you need. This system oxidizes odor molecules and the reduces them, leading to a control of organic odor in the area. Much like the Piian Systems, the Sonozaire Odor Neutralizer also has an adjustable output level so you can control its daily operation.

In addition to odor control systems, Action Compaction also offers industrial trash compactors, balers, and shredders to help your company control their waste. For more information on our products, feel free to call us today at 801-565-1033!

What is Meant by Industrial Waste?

Industrial Waste Industrial waste can be solid, semi-solid, liquid or gaseous unwanted/residual materials from industrial operations. Think about all the factories and industrial complexes around the world– every day they’re producing tons of industrial waste that has to go somewhere, right?

The thing about industrial waste is that it’s not something people want in their backyards, obviously. It can be toxic, ignitable, corrosive and/or reactive. It’s produced at every stage during a production process and needs to be managed with care. Before the 1970s, state and federal regulations were lax or non-existent, such that many companies would dump their industrial waste into nearby rivers. There used to be a lot of smokestacks releasing harmful chemicals into the air as the result of burning industrial waste. And, of course, many landfills were loaded with industrial waste, only to need remediation years later.

The waste produced by industry can be classified as either hazardous or non-hazardous. For instance, certain paints and pesticides may be considered hazardous to people and animals’ health, while other items, like excess sheets of plain paper aren’t. Generally, waste can be classified to the point where it either needs to be regulated (how much is generated and where is it disposed) or not.

What are some industries and the waste they produce? Chemical manufacturers may produce acids and bases as well as spent solvents. Printers can produce ink sludges containing heavy metals. The paper industry is known for producing ignitable solvents and waste containing heavy metals.

The worst industrial waste contains asbestos, high concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and/or petroleum hydrocarbon. Less “bad” are depleted aerosol cans, cardboard, styrofoam, aluminum foil, and plastics. Then there’s waste that doesn’t pose a threat to human health or the environment, such as rocks, bricks, and dirt.

Action Compaction Equipment offers a wide variety of machines to help deal with industrial waste, including shredders, balers and compactors. Call 801-565-1033 with any questions you might have.