Recycling commences at the waste disposal level with segregation and containment of individual waste streams. Segregation, containment, transportation and processing of waste streams are parts of waste management services. Each part of the waste management and recycling process requires adequate equipments to optimise the whole process making it even more profitable.
Segregation should start at the source with the use of recycling containers like for instance recycling bins or if you prefer segregated bins. Recycling containers range from the ordinary office recycling bins to rigid containers for warehouse or even specially designed containers for the containment of hazardous and clinical waste streams. Such containers facilitate the movement of waste to external containers or waste handling equipments.
There are certain production processes that don’t allow the waste to be segregated on-site. It is the job of the waste management company to provide containers for the containment of mixed recyclables and arrange for the wastes to be segregated off-site.
With commercial and industrial waste management and recycling services it is impossible to have a one-size-fits-all scheme due to numerous reasons which could clearly be the subject of another article. The ideal waste management provider should provide a tailor made service that minimises cost, increase recycling, eliminate waste to landfill wherever possible and maximise costs.
Waste audits are an important part of the process as they examine the whole production process and identify areas where cost savings can be made by the implementation of eco-friendly initiatives that rationalises and increases recycling levels.
These audits are conducted with the purpose of understanding each business process such as:
- Types of waste
- Volume of waste
- Procedures of waste segregation and handling (if any)
- Utilisation of recycling containers (if any)
- Utilisation of waste handling equipment (if any)
- Current service levels and service scheduling
- Volume of recycling
- Overall current waste management costs
Based on these findings waste management companies can tailor their services accordingly to each organisation.
To make the whole process even more profitable organisations can handle their own waste on-site by using adequate equipment like Balers, Compactors, Shredders, roll-packers, drum or can crushers, etch. These equipments can process recyclable waste materials in a resalable format turning a cost into revenue.
Among the most used waste handling equipments are Balers, Compactors and Can crushers.
Balers are compactors that can produce bales of 25kg to 650kg in weight and are one of the most cost effective equipments an organisation could own. Because they can cater for a wide range of recyclable waste materials including cardboard and plastic.
Compactors are very similar to balers are they can compact waste streams from ratios of 4:1 to 10:1 dependent upon the compaction force and type of wastes being compacted.
Can crushers also know as drum crushers are designed to reduce metal waste to a fraction of their original size reducing costs with disposal.