Handling Food Industry Waste Management Effectively

Handling Food Industry Waste Management Effectively

Handling Food Industry Waste Management Effectively

The food industry is no exception when it comes to competent waste management solutions. Canteens, restaurants, schools, medical facilities and many other facilities collectively throw away tonnes of food waste each and every year. Today we are looking deeper into the food industry waste management processes and investigating the benefits of self-cleaning compactors.

Let’s start by explaining what exactly a self-cleaning compactor is;

Quite simply, a self cleaning compactor does not require any cleaning whatsoever behind the press plate. This portable machine provides a fillable void behind the press plate.

Environments dealing with food on a daily basis tend to be busy with staff members constantly on the go. Having to down tools in order to clean a compactor is not an ideal situation when there are hungry customers waiting to be fed.

What are the benefits of using a self-cleaning compactor in the food industry? 

There are five main benefits attached to these machines and we are going to highlight them today.

Number 1: Reduction of Waste Production

Within every sector of the food industry there are specific rules and regulations pertaining to the disposal of food waste. Taking a large restaurant as an example, we can surmise plenty of leftover food to get rid of throughout the day. There are a number of contributing factors here including portion sizes and customers leaving excessive amounts of waste. No matter the reason it has to be disposed of in someway. Adding food to the general waste increases volumes ready for landfill, therefore increasing carbon footprint. A self-cleaning compactor breaks down food and liquids into much smaller amounts whilst segregating it from mainstream rubbish.

Number 2: Time Saving

Regular bins are not supposed to be stored in the same area where food is prepared. A portable, self cleaning compactor can be placed where necessary and moved to suit thus reducing trips to the main bin. 

Number 3: More Environmentally Friendly Restaurants

Today, many customers will investigate how environmentally many of the products and services they purchase, are. The food industry is no exception. Restaurants are given the opportunity to further help the environment and with less waste going to landfill both the air and land will benefit over time.

Number 4: Better Recycling Processes

The use of green cleaning products, locally sourced non-GMO meats are just a couple of factors numerous restaurants take into consideration today. Because a self-cleaning compactor breaks down food waste it becomes easier and quicker to complete the composting process. This type of food waste can specifically be labelled as ‘green’.

Number 5: Pest Control

Everyone in the food industry will fully understand pest issues in terms of waste. Bins can be raided and bin bags torn through resulting in easy invitations for pests to return. Results can include pests getting into a premises before leaving droppings and spreading disease. This is a one way ticket to a shut down. This can be avoided with a self-cleaning compactor fitted with a secure locking mechanism. Due to its robust build, pests will not be able to enter or indeed smell the waste food.

Self cleaning compactors in the food industry are ideal for increasing cleanliness and carbon footprint whilst saving time and keeping out the pests. Could this be a useful machine for you?

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The Benefits of Recycling Polystyrene

The Benefits of Recycling Polystyrene

The Benefits of Recycling Polystyrene

Recycling is a hot topic in 2019 and is set to continue to be so. We often hear about household recycling and the waste materials you can and can’t pop in the relevant bin. How about for a business though? What’s your current recycling process and are you making the most out of it? Could you do more that will even save time and money? Today we are investigating polystyrene and the benefits of its specific recycle process.

What exactly is polystyrene?

Available in solid blocks or foam, polystyrene is a synthetic aromatic hydrocarbon made from the monomer styrene. It’s a clear, hard, brittle, lightweight material, often used in packaging. Polystyrene is an inexpensive material and is therefore widely used, particularly among factories manufacturing companies and the food industry.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the specific industries and products that make use of polystyrene. If you resonate with any of these we will tell you later on in this post, how you can successfully recycle the material whilst making a profit.

Specific Industries

Appliances: Ideal for the packaging and transportation of fridges, air conditioners, ovens, microwaves, hoovers, blenders and more. Polystyrene doesn’t react with other materials making it ideal.

Electronics: Computers, televisions and IT equipment are required to look fantastic when unboxed. They need to be unscathed and look just as good as they did on the shelf. Polystyrene is the best solution.

Food Industry: This type of packaging is perfect for keeping food fresh for longer periods of time. It also makes fantastic insulation and is a cheap option to many of the available alternatives.

Medical Industry: Polystyrene is easy to sterilise making it a good choice for medical applications. Tissue culture trays, test tubes, petri dishes, test kits and medical devices are all transported with the material.

Threats of Polystyrene After Use

Landfill: Unfortunately, much of this material ends up in landfills and remains here for hundreds of years.

Marine Life: Unfortunately, whilst breaking down into particles, polystyrene looks like tasty fish food. This clogs digestive systems before killing a large proportion of marine life. Statistics suggest that polystyrene is actually responsible for between 60 and 80% of marine waste.

Air Quality: When burned in backyard fires of barrels, polystyrene releases toxic chemicals into the air.

There are numerous news reports and campaigns, all attributed to recycling but many of these seem to focus around plastic, glass and cardboard. It seems polystyrene often falls by the wayside and it’s difficult to understand why.

What are the benefits of recycling polystyrene?

Litter Reduction: Probably the most obvious solution. By carefully recycling polystyrene, the amount going to landfill and ending up in the sea is reduced; as long as this is done properly.

Size Reduction: During the recycle process, material is reduced by around 95% every time.

Carbon Footprint: The origins of polystyrene surround petroleum. Recycling not only reduces carbon footprint it puts less pressure on the limited resources available.

Space Saving: Because polystyrene is reduced to around 5% of its original capacity, it takes up minimal space.

Additional Revenue Stream: Because there is a market ready and waiting for polystyrene blocks, this makes the perfect additional revenue stream for a business.

Additional Benefits: Fuel production, job creation and provides an eco-friendly process.

How can I effectively recycle polystyrene?

First of all, you need to determine how much polystyrene your company uses on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. From here you can begin investigating polystyrene compactors. These machines come with an abundance of benefits. By loading the waste material directly into the compactor, a large press force is applied in order to reduce the size of polystyrene. From here, bales are created in varying sizes, depending upon the machine model. Compactors are very straightforward to operate and usually have touch screen controls. They are low maintenance and can deal with both wet and dry polystyrene. Once you have enough bales these can be collected and paid for by a recycling company of your choice. Not only will you be reducing the carbon footprint of your company, additional revenue will enter the business through such a simple process.

Reduce waste being sent to landfill and the costs attached to this. Review existing policies on carbon footprint and investigate polystyrene compactors. We’re on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Compactors for Cardboard

Compactors for Cardboard

Compactors for Cardboard

Today we come to understand the term ‘recycling’ as a buzzword. Today we are investigating compactors for cardboard, their benefits for business and the environment. Look out for some great top tips on why you should a machine and factors to consider when researching.

What is a cardboard baler?

Often used within companies managing large amounts of waste material, a cardboard baler is a machine which compresses cardboard into bales, ready for sale and recycling. They are often found in large establishments such as manufacturing companies, retail environments, medical facilities, educational establishments and factories.

Ask yourself this;

How do you currently remove cardboard waste? What is your company’s policy and is it green? Could existing procedures be improved upon?

Why do you need a compactor for cardboard?

We’ve put together five of the best reasons as to why a compactor for cardboard will benefit your business

  • Less Pickups, Cheaper Costs: a Vertical baler compresses cardboard into manageable sized bales. These can be stored neatly until there’s enough ready for collection. Compacting waste removes all costs associated with waste removal and landfill. Additional cost reductions include forklift use and heating and cooling. 
  • Time Savings: Less focus on waste handling for landfill and other methods mean higher company productivity. Cardboard compactors allow team members to continue with the tasks that drive a business forwards. 
  • Cleaner Environment: Compressed bales mean less waste in the workplace. This is more beneficial to the workplace and also reduced any risk of infestations. 
  • Reduced Risk & Increased Safety: By using a compactor for cardboard you are also reducing a fire hazard. Additional health and safety perks include less trips and falls due to a cluttered environment and theft. 
  • Revenue Stream: Selling baled cardboard actually sells at a good cost. In fact, it will sell at a premium in market places where demand is high.

Could your company cope with additional revenue?

This is something we discuss constantly at Greenbank Waste Solutions. It’s quite often a topic of conversation when visiting potential clients. There are so many environmental benefits of a cardboard compactor and many don’t seem to realise the financial gains also. Have a think about the above question, although we’re confident we already know your answer.

Your recycling policy;

According to a report from November 2018, the majority of UK companies don’t have a recycling policy. As recycling continues to be involved in high profile government debates and the media, your business will benefit in many other ways apart from those already listed.

Let’s investigate;

  • A strong recycling policy will set you apart from competitors
  • Customers are more likely to purchase from you knowing your company is aware of the environment
  • You can create a marketing strategy that links in with with corporate social responsibility.

Are cardboard balers making waves in terms of the environment?

Yes, they absolutely are. It’s estimated that 65% of cardboard waste is now being recycled each and every year. What if this was 75%? 85%? 100%? Increasing the percentage is certainly achievable, should more companies get involved and look into compactors for cardboard.

Choosing the right baler;

Before making a decision, it’s important to do some research into the correct machine for specific requirements. What are the quantities of cardboard waste you’re currently dealing with and what’s the quality? It’s also good to consider whether or not the collection of bales will disrupt existing business operations and if so, how this can be minimised.

Baler Size: Consider the size and volume of cardboard. This will ultimately determine the correct baler for you.

Machine Space: Do you have enough space to comfortably accommodate a machine?

Manpower: How much time can you spare for attending to the machine and how many people will be required for operation?

Let’s look at some specifics;

Small Vertical Balers: Perfect for compacting cardboard where space is an issue. These slimline machines produce recyclable bales between 30 and 60kg whilst offering a nice low footprint. Variations on design depend on the nature of an industry and can be made bespoke.

Medium Vertical Balers: Suitable for larger retail outlets, medium machines will naturally handle more waste than the smaller options. Bales weigh between 200 and 300kg but remember, these have to be effectively stored somewhere prior to pickup.

Large Vertical Balers: Ideal for use within larger department stores, the manufacturing industry, warehouses and recycling centres, these machines are bigger in size and will handle huge amounts of cardboard waste. Offering a superior press force, bales weight between 275 and 600kg.

It’s safe to say that compacting cardboard holds many benefits and even pay for themselves. With government rules become more strict in terms of cross contamination when recycling, a vertical baler is ideal. Companies save time, effort and money whilst enjoying the benefits of an additional revenue stream.

Begin your journey today and let’s increase that percentage of people recycling cardboard, further. Get in touch with our team today for a free waste audit.

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Vertical Balers: Small, Medium, Large? Does it Matter?

Vertical Balers: Small, Medium, Large? Does it Matter?

Vertical Balers: Small, Medium, Large? Does it Matter?

Today we are putting vertical balers into the spotlight and investigating their use and effectiveness within a busy environment where lots of waste presents an issue. In assessing the different sizes available we will help determine the best machine to suit your needs.

Let’s define;

First of all, we need to work out if a vertical baler is in fact for you. Creating solid, saleable blocks from recyclables, these machines specifically handle waste such as paper, cardboard, textiles, foam, plastics, bottles and cans.

Questions for you;

  1. Does your company handle this type of waste in bulk?
  2. Would you prefer to avoid landfill?
  3. Would an additional revenue stream be useful?
  4. Is there enough space to house a relevant machine? 

If you have answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, read on. However, if the waste you need to dispose of is food or liquid based, we suggest a Self Cleaning Compactor.

Choosing the right machine in the first instance is important. If for example, your company handles huge amounts of waste, a small vertical baler will simply not do. Make sure to factor in the amount of waste produced. Once determined, you are already on your way to reducing any waste ordinarily sent to landfill (big plus points for your carbon footprint).

Additional revenue is always beneficial!

Surely the answer to question 3 will always be yes. The knock on effect of additional revenue encompasses yet again, an increased carbon footprint. Additional benefits include a faster and more structured waste process whilst saving time, effort and energy. The amount of waste you have can actually be reduced by anything up to 90% – amazing!

Where will it fit?

This is where you need to take into consideration the amount of produced waste. Should this be relatively small, a large vertical baler is probably not essential, even if there is space to accommodate it. Assess both of these factors based on internal processes and existing layout. In the meantime, please find some information and helpful statistics below. 

Small Vertical Balers

B3 small baler in yellow

Perfect for small retail and industry spaces, performance is never compromised.

  • 30 – 60kg Bales
  • High Compaction
  • Low Footprint
  • 3 – 10 T Press Force

We recommend B3, B4 and B5W Baler with the X10 as an additional consideration.

Medium Vertical Balers

b20 medium vertical baler in yellow

With a superior press force, a medium vertical baler works well for larger retail stores and bigger industrial premises.

  • 200 – 350kg Bales
  • Superior Press Force
  • Wide Feed Opening
  • 20 – 25 T Press Force

We recommend the B20 and X25 Balers.

Large Vertical Balers

b30 large baler, yellow

With the ability to bale large amounts of waste, large machines are ideal for companies with a fast and frequent flow of recyclables.

  • 275 – 550kg Bales
  • Reduces Labour Costs
  • Improves On Site Safety
  • 30 – 50 T Press Force

We recommend the X30 and the X50 Vertical Balers.

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