Across numerous industrial fields, the need for specialized cleaning services has never been higher. No matter your industry, proper tank cleaning – especially for above-ground tanks – can play a huge role in your efficiency and sustainability.
At Enviro Care, we’re here to provide tank cleaning solutions for all industrial needs, including for above-ground storage tanks for petroleum and other substances. How might our team go about assessing and completing a large-scale petroleum tank cleanup? Here are some of the basic steps we’d observe.
Job Walk and Assessment
Before we get started on any major work or setup, we will conduct a job walk across the site. During this assessment, we’ll look at potential safety hazards like power lines, standing water, soft earth due to precipitation, and others. We’ll also gauge the ease of entry into the tank, plus identify the number and size of manways present.
Equipment and Setup
On the first day of the project, our crew members will begin transporting the proper equipment to the job site. Our project manager and site supervisor will meet with you or other company reps to go over the requirements of the job, noting any major changes since the initial assessment.
If there are no significant changes here, the site supervisor will ensure all work permits have been obtained. From here, they will conduct a pre-job safety meeting and go over the scope of the job with the entire crew. And finally, equipment will begin to be positioned in the proper areas.
Entry and Early Goals
Once equipment is in place, crew members will make their initial entry and begin to remove all the sludge and product they can from the bottom of the tank. They utilize rubber squeegees, which help push product to a designated collection point that’s decided on ahead of time.
Why rubber squeegees, you ask? Well, because they are gentle and don’t risk scratching or otherwise damaging tank coatings. From here, all product will be vacuumed into a liquid ring truck, then transferred into a designated storage tank using either a vacuum or a transfer pump.
Wash and Residue Removal
Once the product has been removed fully from the tank, it’s time to prepare the floor for steam wash. The crew will use diesel to break up any oil residue still left over – this diesel will be left overnight if time permits.
In addition, crew members have to clean any harder oil substances from the interior tank shell. They usually use steel scrapers here, but only on sections not coated with epoxy. Finally, a steam washer will be used to power-wash the tank floor.
When the job is done properly, all white epoxy coatings inside your tank will be a clean, glossy white that can be shown in light easily. We won’t leave the job site until this is accomplished.
For more on the process of cleaning an above-ground petroleum tank, or to learn about any of our hazardous waste removal or transportation services, speak to the staff at Enviro Care today.
Within the modern world of hazardous waste disposal and transportation, saving costs and following environmentally-friendly procedures are two top priorities. When opportunities arise to kill two metaphorical birds with one stone and benefit both these areas at once, project and waste managers generally jump at the chance.
At Enviro Care, we’re here to tell you about one item that might help you significantly lower both your carbon footprint and your waste budget in one fell swoop: A commercial compactor. A device that can significantly reduce the amount of waste you deal with in green, sustainable ways, a compactor can help with everything from waste deduction to checking container fullness for maximization purposes. Let’s go over the basics you need to know about these commercial compactors, and how they supplement our hazardous waste collection and disposal services.
A commercial compactor is a relatively simple piece of equipment that can be found in more and more industrial spaces these days. While their exact rates differ, the average compactor can provide you with a three-to-one compaction ratio – this means that the amount of waste that used to make up three separate hauls from our pros can now be fit into a single haul (if the materials are the same, of course).
That isn’t the only benefit of these compactors, either. Many modern versions are outfitted with monitors that connect to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, allowing you to regularly check in on the fullness of the compactor to ensure you’re fitting as much waste as possible in. This kind of data helps you eliminate wasted space that costs you money and does no good for the environment.
Types of Compactors
There are two primary types of commercial compactor: Self-contained and stationary. Both are available in a wide range of sizes and both perform similar duties, but the primary differences are found in the kinds of waste they take in and the parts of the box that are or aren’t hauled away at pickup time. Some basics on self-contained compactors:
- Available for both wet and dry waste
- Haul the entire compactor unit to the landfill
- Retains liquids, controls odor and saves storage space, all while discouraging theft and reducing cost
- Commonly used outside restaurants, hotels, hospitals, grocery stores, malls and more
And some simple facts on stationary compactors:
- Only available for dry waste
- The receiver box is disconnected and hauled to the waste facility while the rest remains
- Can handle tough-to-compact materials, plus comes with limited carbon footprint and saves space while reducing costs
- Commonly found outside retail stores, manufacturing buildings, distribution centers and other industrial areas.
To choose the right compactor for you, analyze your waste stream and finances based on the basics above.
For more on commercial compactors, or to learn about any of our hazmat collection or transportation services, speak to the staff at Enviro Care today.
For many within the EH&S field, oil spills are a significant concern that have to be accounted for. Not only should numerous practices be put into play to prevent such hazardous instances, plans should be in place for response and remediation if such an event does occur.
At Enviro Care, we provide a variety of hazardous waste collection and transportation services, including emergency response services for water-involved petroleum spills and other potential oil concerns. We have a huge stock of equipment and facilities available, and are qualified to act as Incident Commander for large cleanup projects. In addition to these services, we can also provide expertise on preventing and responding to oil spill concerns – here are some basics:
For starters, it’s vital to know all of the regulations on storage, transportation and other oil-related areas. Bodies such as the EPA, DOT and even OSHA all promote such regulations, which may change over time and must be accounted for on a present basis.
These regulations are important for twofold reasons: To limit the risk of oil spills and hazardous risks, but also to keep businesses in compliance. Ensure all equipment and containers are updated as needed, and that employees are taking all the proper precautions.
Training and Employee Resources
Speaking of employees, they should be diligently and specifically trained on all regulations and safety procedures for oil transportation. Not only should this training take place for every new hire, it should be updated regularly based on any changes in regulatory requirements.
One strong tactic many of the best businesses use here: Sending emails or other company-wide memos to all employees anytime regulations are changed or new information comes out about them. Keeping everyone who may handle oil transportation up-to-date on all important areas is vital for preventing spills.
Facility Response and Remediation Plans
No matter your level of preparedness and precautions taken for avoiding spills, multiple plans must be in place in case of such a spill:
- A facility response plan that complies with all EPA regulations. This plan should be reviewed with all employees regularly, and placed in prominent locations.
- A post-emergency remedial plan meant for recovery after the spill has occurred. This should include proactive measures and ensure employees are prepared to safely assist with remediation.
All operators or staff who will be present at a given oil-related job site must be qualified to perform each of the following duties in the case of a spill:
- Determine the precise source of the spill.
- Assess when the spill first broke loose and the rough amount that has leaked.
- Recognize safety hazards caused by the spill.
- Start the spill containment process.
- Report the spill based on local, federal and state guidelines.
To learn more about preventing and responding to oil spills, or for information on any of our environmental services or waste management, speak to the staff at Enviro Care today.
If you’re the owner or manager of a business that regularly ships waste streams and various hazardous materials out as part of regular operations, it’s important not to get too complacent within this process. It’s always good to establish routines and best practices for hazardous waste collection and disposal, of course, but it’s vital to remember that your needs here may change over time and you need to keep an eye on these developments.
At Enviro Care, we’re proud to offer a variety of hazardous waste collection, transportation and disposal services for a variety of potential business needs. We’ll help you remain in compliance with all environmental regulations while streamlining your waste disposal needs in simple, affordable ways. Let’s go over some important themes involved in assessing your waste processes for regular changes, plus performing a waste profile review that hits on several important related areas.
Regular Changes to Waste Streams
In many business types, such as labs or industrial process facilities, waste streams become extremely routine over time. This is understandable, as the goal of many such facilities in this area is to keep things relatively uniform and perfect the process to keep efficiency high.
However, such businesses also change their processes often. They may add or eliminate various chemicals to create new products or outcomes, and while these changes won’t always impact the manufacturing line waste comes from, it often impacts the waste composition in major ways. It’s important to consider not only the amounts and streams for your waste, but also the types of waste involved and how this changes your overall profile, compliance and transportation needs.
Waste Profile Review
One great way to stay up-to-date here is by holding a waste profile review, perhaps annually or maybe even more often if you feel it’s appropriate. In many states, in fact, you are required to submit documentation on waste generation and composition at least once a year, and even if not, this is a good habit to get into.
Keep all your hard-copy profile forms and any analytics you have on your waste streams. These act as records of your waste activity, which you can reference as needed.
Important Themes to Address During Review
Some important questions or themes to consider during your waste profile review:
- Is the process currently active and operating?
- Which new chemicals or constituents have been added, removed or replaced since the last review?
- How has the overall generation process changed since the last review?
- Do you need to add or remove any RCRA codes?
- Has any of the above changed your shipping needs?
- Should the profile be inactivated, recreated or otherwise changed moving forward?
For more on waste review profiles and managing your waste streams, or to learn about any of our hazardous waste transportation services, speak to the staff at Enviro Care today.
Previously in this space, we’ve discussed the massive impact of increasing data storage on several areas of waste management and transportation. Where waste disposal in previous generations may have been far less organized, today it can provide all sorts of important data that connects vital sectors of your business and helps you compare yourself to the competition and find internal improvement areas.
At Enviro Care, we’re proud to be launching our own program known as Project Insight to help capture this sort of data for all our waste disposal programs. Our data includes a wide variety of potentially important categories, from weight and haul numbers to disposition methods, revenue versus costs, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, and other detailed areas. Let’s look at several of the ways you can use this data, areas of your business where it can make a real impact on both growth and internal assessment:
First and foremost, waste data collected over a period of time – the longer the better, of course – can be enormously valuable for various financial areas. It can help with basic budgeting for disposal and transportation, naturally, but also with forecasting future needs and even with auditing when it comes time each year (or quarter). If you have not been tracking this sort of information in the past, you might be shocked at the sizable impact it can have on your budget.
For companies or entities that deal with several waste locations, it’s important to know which are providing the top performance and which are not doing very well. By defining these areas, you can identify the most effective programs you have working for you and apply them in other areas that are not performing optimally. This is the kind of data that often simply can’t be gleaned just by observing processes in a given facility.
When it comes time to apply for various permits or other regulatory needs, our Project Insight data will be a great asset. It will allow you to pull this sort of data quickly and easily rather than searching through files to compile the correct data.
General Tracking and Industry Comparisons
Over time, this data will allow you to track a number of internal trends when it comes to waste. Not only can you compare these to previous years or similar periods for your own company, you also are able to track these trends compared to your competitors in the space to see how you stack up and where you need to further your efforts.
Finally, perhaps our favorite part of Project Insight is how it benefits our clients in sustainability areas. It allows you to set goals for this area and specifically track whether you meet them, plus implement processes to help reach those goals if they aren’t being met. Customers love this area with good reason, and it’s becoming a larger and larger point of emphasis for suppliers.
For more on the specific parts of your waste processes you can learn a lot from using big data insights, or to learn about any of our industrial waste disposal or transportation services, speak to the pros at Enviro Care today.
Within the world of waste collection, transportation and disposal, compaction is an important area to consider. The ability to turn larger quantities of waste into smaller, more manageable parcels is highly valuable in this field, both for reducing space used and limiting the number of pickups required.
At Enviro Care, we’re happy to provide waste management and disposal services using a variety of disposal sites around Utah. One item that’s helpful in terms of recyclables is known as a baler, a machine that uses a ram to compress recyclable materials into much smaller bales. Here’s everything you need to know about balers, including whether your facility could benefit from installing one.
Baler Basics and Types
Baler machines can handle a wide range of recyclables, from paper and packaging material up to aluminum scrap in many cases. Not only will they limit the number of pickups you require, they’ll also allow you to often sell bales of recyclables and offset your waste disposal costs.
There are two basic types of baler machines:
- Vertical balers: Often smaller than a home refrigerator, but ranging up to larger sizes, vertical balers are generally for smaller loads. They’re often used in manufacturing and retail areas, plus hospitals or other similar sites. They produce small bales that are generally easily handled by workers.
- Horizontal balers: Horizontal balers are larger and generally the item of choice for industrial or manufacturing areas that require large loads. They can even be retrofitted with conveyor belts, custom hoppers and other items that will help with efficiency. The largest horizontal balers can handle up to thousands of pounds per hour.
Factors in Obtaining a Baler
A few factors to consider if you’re deciding whether or not to purchase a baler for your facility include:
- Waste volume: Conduct a waste audit to determine your overall waste stream, including the level of recyclables you’re going through, and whether a baler will benefit you in this area.
- Recyclable types: The types of items you’re regularly recycling will also play a big role in your choice.
- Market and business forecast: In many cases, plant or facility managers purchase balers in anticipation of growing recycling needs. Some choose to first rent a baler for a few months to see how it impacts their waste streams and efficiency, a good middle ground if you aren’t quite sure.
- Maintenance and repair needs: Like other large-scale industrial machines, balers will require basic maintenance and upkeep. Ensure you have staff qualified for this, or if you’re renting, be sure the company provides the machine also handles this area.
- Cost: And of course, you’ll have to assess the financial results of purchasing a baler – will the cost you pay for it be justified within a reasonable period of time, or could you be spending money you won’t recoup?
For more on balers and how they impact waste and recycling streams, or to learn about any of our hazardous waste disposal or waste management services, speak to the staff at Enviro Care today.