Industrial and Commercial Waste Equipment
Industrial and commercial waste covers all levels of business in the UK including large production plants, factories and manufacturing sites, right down to the smallest business. Making sure that all waste is handled safely and stored properly, not to mention transported and disposed of securely is key to waste management.
As you might expect, there is a wide range of equipment associated with industrial and commercial waste from container bins and transport tankers to compactors and shredders that can all help in the process to recycle, prepare and dispose of waste sustainably.
Bins and Containers
Much depends on the type of waste that your business is disposing of. There are large, commercial bins with lids that can be used for material such as paper and plastic, helping to keep it separated and prevent the content being blown away in the wind. If your business produces clinical waste, you will need to have more secure containers that are clearly marked. The same can be said industrial waste, particularly of the toxic variety, which can often require something heavy duty like a sealed barrel.
Hazardous Waste Equipment
Hazardous waste requires careful handling. Not only does it have to be stored safely in the right container it has to then be transferred and transported equally securely. That not only means having the right equipment but proper signage that tells people what the waste is, protective clothing for those handling the waste and more advanced disposal equipment such as chemical treatment plants.
Find out more about hazardous waste equipment here.
Building and demolition waste as well as a lot of factory waste often goes into a simple skip. This is usually delivered by a skip hire company and then picked up and taken to a licensed facility for separating the waste and processing. Sizes can vary from a 3 cubic yards to 30 cubic yards for standard building companies up to jumbo size skips that can hold huge amounts of waste.
One of the main pieces of equipment generally found at waste processing plants is the shredders. This takes bulky items like fridges, computers and machinery and shreds them into smaller sections which are easier to handle. This shredded waste can then be reduced further using granulators and raspers before being separated.
For waste such as paper and card, balers take large amounts of product and sort it into easier to manage bales that can be tied and secured, then transported to a facility such as a paper recycling plant. Many business that have a large amount of paper waste will have such a machine on site but they are more likely to be seen at processing plants.
Compactors are used for a variety of waste products, essentially crushing them into a smaller size so that they can be transported and disposed of more easily. It can be used for a variety of materials including metal and brick/construction waste.
Raspers and Granulators
Raspers and granulators normally work in unison to gradually reduce the size of waste so that it can be separated into its more useful components such as metal and plastic which can then be recycled.
Separators usually deal with the waste material once an item has been broken down and uses devices such as magnets to separate out metals and water tanks to retrieve lighter materials such as plastic. This can also be done manually by trained staff.
There are number of small and large scale incinerators for waste, particularly components that cannot be disposed of in any other way. Smaller businesses can now get on site incinerators that produce little in the way of harmful gasses and are generally good for the environment. Industrial size incinerators can also harness the energy produced to provide heating to local communities and electricity for the national grid.
Find out more about types of industrial and commercial waste.