When most people think about recycling, they instantly think of newspapers and soda bottles. Sure, those things are perfect for recycling and getting the most out of our already stretched resources, but what about consumer electronics?
A major concern about recycling electronics, specifically smartphones, is that they contain personal information. Making sure that those items are wiped before handing them over to someone else is very important.
However, there is a new challenge being put to consumers concerning this very issue: the Smartphone Encore Challenge. This contest of consideration calls for people to find suitable ways to re-purpose smartphones or their components, but it also needs to be innovative and (here’s the hard one) profitable.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, only 11% of discarded cell phones (out of 135 million) annually are actually recycled. That’s a staggering number! This challenge hopes to get creative people thinking in new ways to help this congesting recycling issue that our nation faces today.
Consumers didn’t have to think about things like this thirty years ago. Technology has progressed so rapidly that it’s now a growing problem. Recycling isn’t just about reducing the amount of natural resources that we rely on; it’s developed into a revolution that touches all manner of consumerism.
This challenge is forcing people to think in a unique way about a relatively new concern for the current generation of consumers. But what if we could take this even one step further?
The creative minds here at Action Compaction Equipment know more about the recycling industry than most in the industry, and we’re ready to advise you on what steps you can take toward reducing your amount of electronic waste. Contact us today!
It’s no secret if you work in an office it more than likely has trash and other things that need to be disposed of on a daily basis. One effective way to get rid of it all would be a shredder. Now the idea of a shredder may sound silly when you could just throw everything out in the dumpster outside the building, but there are numerous upsides to having one.
All shredders we offer here at Action Compaction Equipment operate very quietly, so no one in the office will be disturbed while waste is disposed of. The Heavy Duty Office Shredders are durable and are able to shred objects such as paper clips, heavy-duty staples and Acco fasteners as easily as paper so just in case someone doesn’t take them off and is looking to dispose of documents quickly, the shredder won’t break down.
Types of Shredders
Considering the digital age we live in, companies may need to dispose of high profile documents on things such as floppy discs, credit cards, CD’s, VHS tapes. So for that something like our Conveyor Fed-Cross Cut Shredders would get the job done.
Now for something even more specific like making sure you’re pharmacy stays in compliance to HIPAA standards, a RX Shredder would be ideal. It is designed for pharmacies and will dispose of smaller plastic containers, (4.25” Wide x 3” Deep or 3” Diameter x 5” Tall) pressure sensitive labels and other sensitive materials. Now a machine like this that is able to destroy what it does may seem like it will be huge, but its small design will take up less space than many office machines.
With all of this information, picking the right shredder may seem like a tall task, but let Action Compaction Equipment help you decide. They currently sell all three of the previously mentioned shredders, so for more information on them and our other services, contact us today!
As we all know, the main challenge to compacting material is the sheer volume, meaning the first goal of compacting should be to downsize that mass to the smallest size possible. Of course, this can be done in many ways — most of which involve some sort of heavy-duty, industrial compaction — in addition to pulling out what can and should be recycled. But for now, let’s table those larger compactors; we don’t need them just yet. No, believe us: the first place you should really be looking is the pre-crusher.
In effect, the pre-crusher does exactly what it says: it reduces the size of the materials before an even larger compaction. It prepares your trash for what comes next, and, by and large, prevents the later compaction from working ineffectively or stalling, which wastes everyone’s time. In other words: the pre-crusher, in itself, is a safety precaution, making it a must-have for anyone looking to compact.
Now, the pre-crusher is best used when dealing with the hardest materials: heavy shipping crates, barrels, and bulky items. These items are the pet peeves of all compactors: bulky beyond belief and capable of stopping any compaction, simply due to how big they are. First and foremost, having a pre-crusher helps to easily do away with these materials instead of having to deal with the hassle later on. And that, as any person who deals with compaction knows, is a blessing.
In order to work properly, pre-crushers require a receiver container so after the pre-crusher crushes the material, the compactor’s ram can push it into the container. Along with the pre-crusher itself, these containers meet all safety standards, which is extremely important when dealing with machines as large and powerful as compactors. But, as we said, using a pre-crusher is the safe way of doing things, and that, we wholeheartedly endorse.
For more in about pre-crushers or any product sold, contact us at Action Compaction Equipment today!
Refuse trucks, garbage trucks, or if you are using old English the dustbin lorry, are trucks that are specifically designed to drive around and collect recycled materials or solid waste, which could be from commercial or residential, urban consumers. The collected waste is then brought to a solid waste treatment facility such as a recycling center, compost, incinerator or landfill. There are three types of these trucks; front loader, side loader and rear loader.
The refuse truck didn’t become popular until the 1970s when technology had caught up with the process and it was more efficient.
Refuse Truck Loading Descriptions
Here is a quick overview of the types of loaders that can be used as refuse trucks. Each one has its own use, and can be tailored for your specific needs.
- Side Loaders – These trucks accept the solid waste or recycled materials from the side, either manually or with the assistance of a robotic arm with an attached claw. An automated side loader only needs one person to operate while the manual counterpart might need two to three. Due to the one person advantage, ASL’s have become more popular.
- Rear Loaders – Rear loader trucks have the waste collector in the back so the worker can empty the contents of the waste bins or throw trash bags into. There are even lifting mechanisms that can be used to heavier bins or containers so that the operator doesn’t have to life it by hand.
- Front Loaders – The front loader truck is more generally used for collecting trash and waste from commercial and industrial businesses, using dumpsters that are grabbed from the front and then lifted over the truck and emptied in the vehicle’s hopper. Like the ASL, the front loader truck might only need one person to operate.
Action Compaction Equipment can help you with the purchase of a front, side or rear loading truck. Call and ask about the featured Mammoth, Cobra and SideWinder Series Refuse Trucks. A demo may be in your area. Each truck comes with a rear vision camera for safety, and they are known for their long life and productivity. For more information, contact Action Compaction today!
Whether you are in the municipal solid waste, recycling or construction and demolition business, sorting systems are a productive and efficient way to sort items like waste and recycled materials, all the way to packages and merchandise. The sorting system has many parts that make up the whole. The different parts are able to do their jobs quickly, thus saving ample amounts of time.
A sorting system is built to accommodate your needs, able to remove any materials that should not be recycled. So if your business needs to recycle plastic materials, the system can determine the types of materials that are being recycled. The sorters are then able to sift the products according to what material they are.
What Goes Into Making a Sorting System Work
As previously stated, there are many working parts that make up a sorting system. Here’s a brief layout of the machines that might be involved in your business’s sorting system.
- Sorting Screens
- Pick Lines
- Complete Lines
- C&D Systems
- Transfer Stations
The staff at Action Compaction Equipment is very knowledgeable about sorting systems, and has the latest equipment for you to purchase. Action Compaction can do the design and layout, integration of automation and screens, and conveyor systems and balers as dictated by your project conditions.
Whether you process 15 or 500 tons of material per day, Action Compaction can design a system for you, and install it. For more information about sorting systems, new or used balers or compactors, contact the experts at Action Compaction Equipment today!
There’s always been then the age old argument in our society that something new is always better than something old. This philosophy is true in some aspects but couldn’t be more false in others. Yes buying a brand new car fresh off the dealer’s lot is not only a great, satisfying feeling but once those wheels officially hit the asphalt of the road; it depreciates in value almost 15 percent.
Over five years items like a car can even depreciate in value as much as 60 percent. That’s not always the same with all items that are purchased but it is something to think about when you are buying or selling recycling equipment.
Buying New or Used Compactors & Balers
If you are interested in purchasing a compactor or baler for your company, it makes all the sense in the world to buy one new. New equipment has updated functions, options and safety features which can prove to be vital to your business and you know that it will work immediately after it is installed. That’s the guarantee that some used compactors can’t offer. If the total cost of new equipment is putting a strain on your budget, think about leasing the equipment.
Leasing can make it much easier to fit the new equipment into your budget and can sometimes have some tax advantages as well. Typically when you lease your equipment you will own it after a period of time, usually in 3-5 years. Leasing can also allow you to get options added to the equipment that may make the equipment more efficient and easier to use while only slightly increasing your monthly lease payment.
To combat that stigma of buying used, think about the advantages. Finding a trustworthy business that is a used equipment reseller is most important. After you have established that the reseller is credible, you can then search through their inventory for a used compactor or baler that has seen some use but is still in solid working condition. Ask the reseller if they are willing to go through the equipment to make sure everything is working properly. They may even offer some type of warranty. By doing this you could find good equipment that will suit your needs at a lower price than the premium new equipment. If your budget is limited this is another way to save money and work towards buying a newer one down the road, even possibly reselling the used equipment you bought.
If you are in the market for a (New or Used) compactor or baler for your company, talk to the experts at Action Compaction Equipment. To find out what equipment is best for your business, contact Action Compaction today!
Electronics that can’t be used anymore whether they are being replaced from being obsolete, in need of disposal, broken, or destined to be recycled are called “e-waste.” But many of the components that might make up the elements of the e-waste can be recycled properly and are a valuable resource to be used again for secondary raw materials.
Just for instance, a computer has a multitude of recyclable materials. Did you know that almost 100% of a computer and its accessories are capable of being recycled? For example an average circuit board can contain platinum, gold, copper, palladium, silver, and lead. Not only can the keyboard, mouse, and speakers be recycled, but other office supplies can be as well. Printers, fax machines, and photocopiers that are being replaced in your company can find a new home in a recycling program. These are perfect examples of why computers or other e-waste should not just be dumped inside a landfill. If you are interested in an inexpensive way to dispose of your obsolete office machinery, look to donation programs that can facilitate the process.
Plus other consumer electronics such as cell phones, televisions, VCRs, stereos, and tablets can be reused or refurbished. If you don’t want to keep the equipment, check to see if there are pick-up days as well as drop-off locations in your neighborhood for your old consumer electronics and e-waste.
When a business is looking for smart ways to recycle their waste, they should look no further than the products at Action Compaction Equipment. Contact the professionals at Action Compaction today and get your business started recycling in the right direction.
Glass is very important in the world of recycling. In the United States alone, glass can be recycled infinitely and most of the glass products we use in everyday life has about 27 percent recycled glass in it. This is important because not only is the use of new resources that is needed to create new glass down, but that less energy and materials is needed to produce glass. But recycling glass isn’t just as easy as you would think.
One thing that has to be understood in the glass recycling process is that any foreign material or substance can contaminate the entire glass recycling load. So that means your operation of recycling glass operation has to be clean and efficient or else that could cost you money down the road, especially since recycling has the satisfaction of return investments.
To be recycled glass is broken down into smaller pieces, crushed, sorted then cleaned so it can be mixed in with raw materials and made into new glass items.
Sorting, separating, and facilitating glass into proper glass receptacles is the first step in making sure you aren’t contaminating your recycling. You want to make items such as food waste, stone, dirt, ceramics, mirrors, window glass, metals, and light bulbs are all free and clear of the glass you want to recycle or else it will be contaminated.
If you are looking for sorting systems, Action Compaction can accommodate your business needs. Contact Action Compaction for a consult on what you can do to help make your business money while recycling your used materials.
With your business, it’s smart to decide how to recycle the waste products you accumulate on a daily work day. Garbage isn’t always just garbage and there is ways to recoup money from recycling resources correctly. Especially in the advances of technology, recycling is, cleaner, more efficient and you have more options.
So let’s focus on just one aspect of recycling that can help make your business run smoothly. In America, almost 45 million tons of paper is recycled annually. That’s about 334 pounds of paper recycled by every person in the United States. Let’s break that down further, and focus on just cardboard.
Cardboard is used in many facets of any business, whether it be used to distribute goods in and out of your company or used as a way to facilitate storage. And cardboard is made up of recycled materials and lumber industry by-products. When using cardboard sometimes you have to break it down once you’ve unpacked or the boxes become to worn to use anymore and needs to be recycled.
What are your options?
If you are to recycle your cardboard, the most common way is to convert the cardboard into a bale. Bales are then picked up by a paper company, and then re-pulped, rolled and pressed into rolls of paper for other paper products.
So essentially you need a baler for your company. Action Compaction can assist in this need. We have a full assortment of Balers that can complement and be tailored to fit your business’s needs. Recycling can not only help make your company Green, but also get money for resources back into the company coffers.
Contact Action Compaction today and get to recycling your cardboard the smart way.
With 3D printing becoming the future in recycling, not only because it is cheaper for manufacturers and it is better for the environment, scientists have been coming up with newer ways to increase the ways it can be useful. Dr. Joshua M. Pearce is a part of the Pearce Research Group at the Michigan Technological University, who is looking to not only clean up the world but also help create jobs in economically challenged parts of the world.
The newest project is aimed at helping people in poverty who are employed as “waste pickers” that collect trash from landfills. These people are struggling to make a living collecting trash to sell, but with the new filament being created by Pearce’s group, they can find a new avenue to make money.
The 3D printing filament can be created from a collection of waste plastic. Conventional 3d filament is already being sold for $35 – 50 a kilogram. The ethical 3D filament could be sold for the lesser amount and costs less to make, giving the “waste pickers” a solid living wage.
Pearce’s group has already created a Recyclebot that takes plastic trash, such as gallon milk jugs, and cuts them down with industrial and office shredders into filament for 3D printers with much less energy than it takes for commercial recycling.
If you’re a commercial business looking to save money with, recycling, 3D printing and energy cost, one option that can get the ball rolling in that direction would be to purchase an industrial or office shredder.
Action Compaction sells these types of shredders that can help your business get started. Check out our site for more information on our shredders or any of our wide assortments of recycling products. Email or call (801) 565-1033 today!