Three Practices To Ensure Your Plant's Solid Waste Isn't Damaging The Environment

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When you own and operate a manufacturing plant, your focus is on creating one or more products the consumers will want. That is typical for for most companies. What is also typical is that you consider what practices you can incorporate to keep the environment safe. Here are three ways to ensure that your plant's solid waste is not damaging the environment.

Create an Eco Task Force

Yes, you already have maintenance crews, but an eco task force can look for new ways to manage waste better. Put them in charge of sorting, organizing and recycling, on top of finding out what new state and federal regulations need to be followed. The task force could meet with you weekly, semi-weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly to go over the efficiency of new efforts to meet and exceed federal and state mandates. The task force could also create reports to show what your company is doing to help the environment, a very useful thing if you have shareholders and are an openly traded public company.

Examine the Possibility of or Transformation to a Self-Sustaining Plant

Self-sustaining plants are plants that reuse and recycle their solid waste. You may have to build an addition to your current plant to create a recycling plant within the same building, but it would significantly reduce costs for solid waste management. As your new addition recycles metals, paper, plastics and/or glass, that is a lot of materials you do not have to collect in dumpsters and ship to other recycling plants. When it is all handled in-house, all of that money spent on shipping trucks, dumpster rentals, etc., suddenly becomes available for use elsewhere in the plant.

Use Natural Energy to Power Your Plant

Your competitors are probably already incorporating this into their manufacturing plants. Solar power is the most common source of energy for manufacturers, but wind power with its massive turbines also works. A few plants are returning to hydro (water) power, especially if they rely heavily on a local water source for production anyway. Whichever power source you choose, be sure that its installation does not affect the environment either.

For example, solar panels should be installed on the roof of your plant, rather than mowing down a nearby field for the sole purpose of installing solar cells. Wind power is a little trickier, since the turbines are enormous and you will need some space nearby to construct them. Water power is great, but you have to have a water purification and treatment facility in-house so that you are not returning toxic water to the environment. To avoid these common mistakes with natural power sources, engage the help of environmental remediation services so that you can get the power your plant needs without causing more problems. Contact a company like East Coast Engineering Inc to learn more.


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