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.

The Benefits of Industrial Trash Compactors

Industrial Trash CompactorsAs an industrialized society, we utilize technology to enable mass production. This, in turn, supports a large population. More and more people are added to the planet daily, and as of 2016, it’s estimated that there are 7.4 billion people in the world today– an all-time high. That number will increase in the next hundred years, and one thing’s for sure: all those people make a whole lot of trash. Where can we put it all?

If you work in a business that makes things, you know that trash is inevitable. The question, then, becomes this: What can be done to somehow reduce the waste so it’s not as costly in the long run?

Industrial trash compactors, like the ones Action Compaction Equipment sells, help reduce the size and scope of a company’s trash through compaction. For example, 16 cubic yards of loose trash can be compacted into 4 cubic yard when put into a handy industrial trash compactor. This not only saves space, but also helps eliminate many problems often associated with overflowing dumpsters.

Compaction not only means trash takes up less space on a company’s property, but also helps reduce collection costs. Meanwhile, the compacting process eliminates the problem of windblown trash. By making trash less loose and less messy, your insect and rodent problems are reduced. Compacted trash also discourages scavengers and thieves while preventing unauthorized access to your trash.

Do you want to save labor costs? Do you want more inside storage space and more outside parking spaces available? A heavy duty industrial trash compactor from Action Compaction Equipment is worth the investment. It will make your waste processing routines become streamlined, less costly, and, ideally, more efficient. See examples of industrial trash compactors here: https://www.actioncompaction.com/products/compactors.html and/or call 801-565-1033 to discuss your compactor needs today.

The Benefits of Office Shredders

Office ShreddersWhy shred documents and other items like credit cards, compact discs and pill bottles? If you work in an office, you’re bound to be around paperwork and other items with information on them that you don’t want others to see, access, or read.

Many times people share private information on paper, and when they’re done with it, they crumple it up and throw it in the wastebasket. If it’s not shredded, what happens if one of the office cleaners sees key information that they leak to the press or use for their own monetary gain? Privacy matters now more than ever.

Document shredding should be done in order to destroy information on paper in the best way possible so it can’t be stolen and/or used against someone later on down the line.

Action Compaction Equipment sells helpful heavy duty office shredders. With “whisper quiet operation” and rugged all-steel construction, these durable machines have the power to even shred large paper clips, heavy-duty staples and Acco fasteners. Rather than letting stacks of papers pile up in your office, why not employ the use of an industrial strength shredder to eliminate those papers so they’re ready to be recycled?

Do you need a conveyor fed cross-cut shredder with extra large feed tables? Action Compaction can meet your needs. With a 71 decibel sound level, this quiet machine has low voltage, key-locked controls ensuring safe and authorized operation. The precision ground A-2 tool steel cutters feature a positive saw-tooth grip that can even handle shredding things like credit cards, compact discs and corrugated boxes.

If you work in a pharmacy, Action Compaction offers RX shredders, too. Able to destroy plastic containers– pill bottles– these unique machines will ease your HIPAA compliance worries.

Get more information about Action Compaction’s shredders here: https://www.actioncompaction.com/products/shredders.html

Geophysicists Successfully Turn Peanut Butter Into Diamonds

Peanut Butter Into DiamondsPeanut butter and diamond sandwiches: the next big thing!

Would you believe us if we told you that geophysicists have successfully created diamonds out of peanut butter?

Well, geophysicist Dan Frost has been trying to mimic the conditions that occur in the Earth’s lower mantle in his lab in Germany, and a byproduct of his research is the creation of diamonds.

The conditions that he’s looking to mimic include temperatures of up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and extreme pressure, up to 1.3 million times stronger than normal atmospheric pressure

We already know that diamonds are made up of carbon atoms that are crushed under tons of pressure and cooked at unbearable temperatures until the atoms are rearranged into a crystalline structure.

So, logic suggests that all you need to create diamonds is carbon, extreme pressure, and extreme heat.

Frost had each of these three ingredients in his lab; the pressure and heat from the experiment that he had been working on to recreate the conditions in the Earth’s lower mantle, and the peanut butter from his lunch.

He thought he’d put the three together and see what happened and ultimately, he was able to create a diamond.

Even though the process takes a couple of weeks to form a very small, 2-millimeter diamond – Frost hopes that his research could be used in industrial applications in the future.

We’re wondering if he’ll send us some samples in a nice cushion cut. What’s next, emeralds made from carrots?

At Action Compaction Equipment, we know that waste and recycling are two of the most important issues a business will undertake. We offer quality built machines, specified and installed to fit your application and needs.

Contact us at (801) 565-1033 for more information today!