How To Recycle Hazardous Industrial Waste

recycling industrial waste spillfix renewable resourceWorkplace safety and environmental impact are important aspects of a company’s culture and reputation, which is where recycling comes in. There are numerous benefits to recycling such as saving money, conserving resources, and protecting the environment among other things. Large companies can have a significant impact on the environment so they have a responsibility to handle byproducts with care. Here are a few steps you can take to recycle hazardous industrial waste responsibly:

1. Know The Rules:

First, you should check the regulations for recycling industrial waste. Because there are so many different kinds of industrial byproducts, they are all carefully classified and categorized with specific regulations on how to handle them properly. For example, solid waste is different from liquid waste and is, therefore, subject to different regulations and recycling methods.

2. Responsible Recycling:

Now, you should search for a responsible recycler. You want to employ a recycler who won’t cut corners and follows regulations. To determine if you’ve found a responsible recycler, you should understand the recycling process for your particular type of waste. If you know the rules and how the recycling process should work, you can ask your potential recycler to verify their methods.

3. “Sham” Recycling:

Always be wary of sham recycling where the legal requirements for recycling hazardous waste aren’t being followed. In order to avoid this situation, you can ask these questions:

  • Is the hazardous waste an effective substance for the purpose your recycler will use it for?
  • What amount of byproduct are they using? Is it used in excess?
  • Does the recycling facility maintain records of all transactions?

These questions will help you determine whether there’s a market for the end product.

Recycling hazardous waste will help your company save money and improve your relationship with the public. You can keep detailed records and impact reports of your recycling history to demonstrate to the public that you’re doing your part to protect the environment while still delivering the products they need. If you have any questions about proper recycling methods for hazardous industrial waste, check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.

4 Awesome Coconut Facts

coconut husk renewable resource spillfix cleanupAs you may know, SpillFix Industrial Organic Absorbent is derived from coir, or coconut husks, which is a renewable resource that is 100% organic and safe to use — and safe for the environment. But spillfix is not the only creative way to use coconuts! Other than being a wonderfully tasty treat, this tropical fruit can be useful in a variety of settings.

1. The Coconut IV

Coconuts are a nutritious treat, full of fiber, vitamin C, and iron, but they also have other surprising medical benefits. As far back as the 1950s, coconut water could be used as a substitute for intravenous hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients. Recently, it was used in the Solomon Islands to treat a severely dehydrated patient.

  1. Coco-Fuel
    Now you know coconuts are a great fuel for the human body, but its oil can also be used as a planet-friendly fuel alternative for automobiles and other machinery. As engine fuel, coconut oil can be used as a direct substitute for petroleum diesel, as an additive to petroleum diesel or bio-diesel, and even as the the base ingredient of bio-diesel.

  2. Tasty Alcohol

The piña colada is a vacation staple. No beach party is complete without a refreshing coconut drink by the pool. But in the Philippines, people often use the sap from an unopened coconut flower and distill it into a drink called lambanog. This potent drink is easily 80 to 90 proof, but is also organic and chemical-free! This coconut beverage is typically homemade, but some commercial distilleries have started producing lambanog as well, and they have introduced several new flavors, such as mango, bubblegum, and blueberry.

  1. Coco Armor

Coconut armour may sound like a joke, but craftsmen in the small Micronesian archipelago of Kiribati were able to craft husks into suits of armor! The coconut fibre armour from Oceania was made of dense coconut fibre matting; the full suit consists of a cap, body armour, back plate, jerkin and leggings.

Now we may be partial, but while all of these uses for coconuts are useful and incredibly creative, SpillFix Industrial Organic Absorbent may take the cake. Our product instantly absorbs any liquid spill on contact, so spill areas can be cleaned up with minimum downtime and the area immediately rendered safe. Go to our supplier page to locate a retailer near you!

Four Facts You Might Not Know About SpillFix

Browsing through our SpillFix website will show that SpillFix is a natural spill absorbent product made especially with blue collar workers in mind. But there are still a few things about this innovative product you may not be aware of. We want you to know exactly what SpillFix has to offer you and your business, so here are four facts you might not be aware of about our absorbent product.

1. SpillFix Is Made Out Coconuts.

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Image courtesy of pixabay.com

SpillFix is primarily made out of coir, a renewable resource harvested from coconut husks. By creating our product through this process, we’ve reduced our impact on the environment and ensured we’ll always have ways to meet the demands of our customers.

2. SpillFix Is Safe For Worker’s Lungs.

Compared to clay absorbent products, SpillFix is a safer alternative for cleaning workplace spills. Silica dust, a damaging health chemical normally present in clay absorbents, is absent from our product. Because of this, businesses can rest assured knowing spills will be cleaned without the risk of their workers falling ill.

3. SpillFix Saves Your Business Money.

SpillFix takes 85 percent less time and 80 percent less product clean spills. From a business perspective, when workers clean spills faster, that means the company wastes less money on employee downtime. Additionally, because SpillFix doesn’t require you to use as much product for one spill, SpillFix brand absorbent products last a lot longer than other products before you have to purchase a new bag.

4. SpillFix Disposal Is Easy.

If getting rid of used absorbent products stresses you out, we have good news – SpillFix disposal is quick and easy. SpillFix has already been tested to the USEPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal (of course you would always want to check your local standards before disposing in a landfill). You could also burn SpillFix as a fuel source for incinerators if you used to product to clean hydrocarbon spills.

These are just a few reasons to purchase SpillFix absorbent products for your business. It just goes to show that even if you think you know it all, there’s always so much more you can learn about SpillFix.

 

How SpillFix Protects the Environment While Protecting Workers

Protecting workers from dangerous, accidental spills is our foremost concern. But if we can provide an effective spill absorbent product while taking care of our planet, why shouldn’t we?

That philosophy is why the SpillFix team works so hard to treat our planet with respect while creating our absorbent product. Here’s just a few of the ways we’ve gone green with SpillFix:

  1. We Use Renewable Resources To The Fullest

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    Image courtesy of spillfix.com

SpillFix’s base ingredient, coir, is extracted from the hairy husk of the coconut fruit. Our combined production facilities have access to over 18 billion coconut husks annually, spread across three countries. Instead of logging the coconut-producing palm trees completely, harvesters climb the trunks to extract the fruit in the most environmentally stable way possible. No trees are cut down, nor are any pulping or mining processes required to produce SpillFix, making it the most ecologically sustainable absorbent product available.

  1. We Produce A Small Carbon Footprint

For other companies, transporting resources to factories is one of the biggest energy consuming parts of the production process. SpillFix is manufactured right at our factories, which are located within coconut plantations. This means minimal transportation of the raw material (coconut husks) to the processing plant is required. Plus, our environmentally aware production employs low energy processes. Ultimately, reducing both our energy consumption and carbon footprint means less amounts of harmful pollutants are put into our atmosphere.

  1. We Clean Up responsibly From Start To Finish

A key feature of SpillFix is the way that it thoroughly absorb hydrocarbon spills by encapsulating a spill and trapping it inside its hollow channel structure , This same feature is why SpillFix provides a perfect environment for the development of bio-degrading organisms that can oxidize the adsorbed hydrocarbons faster than the biodegradation of the organic SpillFix itself. In fact, SpillFix industrial organic absorbent product has been tested to the US EPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal (of course, you should always check with local disposal regulations as well). The result? SpillFix is not likely to leak any absorbed product into a landfill, making it environmentally friendly even after use.

Going green is more than a trend – it’s a cost-saving, safer alternative for businesses looking to avoid unnecessary messes and fines. The next time you’re shopping to restock your company’s absorbent product,  take a moment to consider SpillFix’s renewable resource makeup, its small carbon producing procedure, and its ability to be disposed of safely. This absorbent truly is the best choice for businesses looking for an effective and environmentally friendly product.

 

How to Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Silicosis

We talk a lot about switching your absorbent products from clay to natural alternatives in order to reduce the risk of silicosis. But do you know exactly what silicosis is, or how to identify the disease and how to protect your workers from developing it? We’re here to help you answer these questions with our guide to silicosis.

What is silicosis?

Silicosis is described as a chronic, incurable lung disease which can develop after individuals breathe in silica dust. Silica is a mineral originating in the earth’s crust. Silica, and the dust associated with it, is often present in many blue-collar work industries such as mining or construction, as well as in clay spill absorbents.

Silica dust has been linked to three types of silicosis:

  1. Chronic silicosis, which occurs 10 or more years after low exposure to silica dust
  2. Accelerated silicosis, which occurs 5 to 10 years after high exposure to silica dust
  3. Acute silicosis, which occurs weeks to months after high exposure to silica dust

Although each diagnosis presents differently, they are all very damaging to a worker’s health.

What are the symptoms of silicosis?

Common symptoms of silicosis include but are not limited to:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe coughing
  • Overall body weakness

Sometimes, due to silica in the lungs, the body loses the ability to fight off infections. Some symptoms of these infections include…

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chest pains
  • Respiratory failure

How do doctors recognize silicosis?

The main tool for doctors to recognize silicosis is patient history. If men or women have worked in an area or been involved with hobbies that made the lungs more susceptible to silica exposure, doctors can use this knowledge to schedule further tests such as chest x-rays or pulmonary function tests. These tests will ultimately confirm a diagnosis.

How is silicosis treated?

Although silicosis is technically incurable, doctors can prescribe medicine to make life more comfortable with the disease. Medicinal options for patients include:

  • Prescription strength cough medicine
  • Oxygen tanks
  • Various antibiotics (for infections)

To keep the disease from progressing further after diagnosis, doctors also encourage patients to stay away from sites with high exposure to silica and to stop smoking.

How can workers protect themselves from silicosis?

Due to the severity of silicosis, employers and businesses should make every effort to reduce their workers’ on-site exposure to silica dust. Workers and employers can help in these efforts by:

  1. Avoiding work in dusty areas and worksites whenever possible
  2. Wetting down loose dust on machines, which will prevent this dust from spreading in the air during a busy workday
  3. Switching clay spill absorbent products with more natural alternatives
  4. Wearing respiratory masks when contact with dust can’t be avoided
  5. Practicing good hygiene and changing clothing after working in dusty areas

It is our hope that workers and employers alike are doing what they can to prevent silicosis. By following these simple safety steps, workers and managers can start to actively prevent and identify any on-site silicosis risks that should be avoided and addressed.

 

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Stop Using Clay Absorbents

There’s no doubt that spills in the workplace should be properly contained and cleaned with a spill absorbent product. However, not all absorbent products are created equally. Clay absorbent products, for example, can do more harm than good in the workplace. That’s why if your company still uses a clay absorbent, you should start thinking about making the switch to a more natural spill absorbent to protect your business, your workers, and your bottom line.

Don’t believe us? There’s five major reasons to consider making this switch today:

1. Clay absorbent products damage the workplace.

Clay absorbents are made of small, rough granules. The sharp, abrasive edges of these granules could cause damage to floors or machinery during cleanup. Because you have to mix clay absorbent products around forcefully to clean spills, the granules sometimes scratch coated floors or sensitive machine parts.

2. Clay absorbent products are hard to lift.

A lot of clay absorbent bags are bulky and weigh about 45 pounds, making the cleanup hard to handle for workers. Not to mention, absorbed liquid in used clay absorbents can add additional pounds. Investing in a lightweight absorbent, like SpillFix, will be easier on your workers’ backs.

3. Clay absorbent products are messy.

The absorption rate of clay products isn’t as good as most people claim. Most of the time, workers end up using the whole bag of absorbent – or close to it – to clean a small spill. Even then, slippery residue can remain on the ground and create a work safety hazard. Non-clay absorbents, such as SpillFix, start absorbing liquids as soon the material touches the spill so you only need to use a small amount of spill absorbent product to get the job done.

4. Clay absorbent products are difficult to dispose.

On top of clay absorbents requiring more sweeping and shoveling time, it is almost impossible to dispose of the used product quickly or efficiently. Unlike other spill absorbent products, used clay absorbents cannot be burned, and therefore must be stored in containers and disposed of via long tedious procedures. When SpillFix is used to clean oil or fuel spills, it can be disposed of easily and even transformed into a fuel source for other machinery.

5. Clay absorbents are a known health risk.

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Image courtesy of commons.wikipedia.org

In addition to all the aforementioned reasons, clay absorbent products can pose a dangerous health risk to workers. The dust associated with clay absorbents contains crystalline silica – a known lung carcinogen. By using clay products, workers put themselves at risk for a number of lung diseases.

 

What should I use instead of clay absorbents?

So if clay absorbents are harmful to workers and the workplace, what kind of absorbent products should you use? Absorbents made from renewable resources are probably your best bet. For example, SpillFix is made from coir, a renewable resource from the coconut husk. Because SpillFix uses this material, it is more lightweight, absorbent, and healthier for workers. Switching absorbent products now will save your business, your employees, and yourself a lot of time and hassle in the future.

 

How Do I Create A Spill Response Plan?

Think about how spills are handled in your business. Do you teach a proper procedure that workers follow or do employees just grab some paper towels and call it quits? If your answer is the latter, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Not only will preparing a proper spill response increase productivity and lower worker-related injuries and costs, but operating without knowing how to properly clean spills under today’s legal requirements puts your entire company and bottom line at risk as well.

Don’t put your business and workers on the line – take action now to save yourself from major trouble later!

  1. Prevent spills

The first step in creating a proper spill response plan is knowing how to prevent spills from occurring. Encourage your employees to keep their areas clean to reduce the risk of knocking over buckets or containers. When they finish using something, workers should take extra care to make sure lids are screwed correctly and tightly. Then, place containers away from work areas – such as in a closet or on a higher shelf.

Preventing spills from occurring is the best weapon in a spill response plan. However despite your best efforts, spills do accidentally occur from time to time. In this instance, the next step would be evaluating the risk.

  1.       Evaluate the risk

Many different types of substances can accidentally spill in the workplace. We divided them into two categories:

Major Spill

  • The spill can pose an immediate risk to the health of workers
  • The spill is a fire hazard or explosion risk
  • The spill involves a highly dangerous chemical

In these instances, calling emergency services and getting workers to safety is the first priority.

Minor Spill

  • The spill is in a manageable amount
  • The spill does not pose an immediate risk to the health of workers

In the event of a minor spill, it is safe and recommended to proceed with your spill response plan.

  1.       Commence cleaning using a spill kit

The spill kit in your possession should contain two important categories of equipment: personal protective equipment and equipment needed to small spills.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Apron

Cleaning equipment

  • Absorbent pads or boom sticks to contain spills
  • Spill absorbent product to clean spills correctly
  • Plastic dust pan and broom to clean up used spill absorbent products
  • Large container to dispose of used spill absorbent products

Choosing what spill absorbent to keep in your spill kit is a hard task. Business owners should look for an absorbent product that will do more good than harm to the situation. This comes into play when choosing between a familiar clay absorbent product or a more natural approach.

Clay absorbent products, while popular, give off dangerous dust particles when opening the bag or pouring onto a spill. This dust could enter a worker’s lungs and cause illness or injuries to their internal organs. That is why we recommend choosing a natural spill absorbent such as SpillFix. Our products are made from an organic renewable resource, coconut husk. Because SpillFix manufactures create the absorbent from this renewable resource, workers can use the product without fear of harmful dust particles – and, as you can see, will have a much easier time cleaning the mess as well.

In the end, businesses should always stay prepared for a spill in the workplace. Having a spill response plan ready will eliminate confusion on company policy and help keep workers safe from workplace accidents.

 

Why Should You Pair Your Paint Company With SpillFix?

If you paint homes for a living, you know spilled paint causes a lot of problems. Because of paint’s slick nature, spilled paint creates a dangerous work environment for employees. Also, spilling buckets of paint in a client’s home could lead to stains on their floors.

To ensure the productivity of your paint company, workers and owners should properly prepare themselves for the job to reduce the risk of spills. For example, by laying drop cloths on the floor under the work area, painters limit the risk of staining the floor. Painters should also always securely tape the cloth to the ground after removing as many wrinkles as possible to avoid inadvertent tripping. Workers should only keep paint cans they are currently using close while painting, and they should store the rest of their supplies in a vehicle or another room to decrease the instances of accidentally knocking cans over.

Still, despite a worker’s best effort, accidents and spills do occur, and it’s important to have supplies on hand to address this potential problem. Keeping a spill absorbent product – like SpillFix – around the office and bringing it with you to jobs will give you an extra edge to clean spills quickly and efficiently.

What is SpillFix?

SpillFix is an organic spill absorbent product made for the cleanup of industry spills. SpillFix’s base, made from the all-natural coconut husk, provides a healthy alternative to clay-based absorbent products. When used, SpillFix leaves no breathable dust that could cause damage to workers’ lungs or overall health. After being used correctly, SpillFix sucks the paint off the floor without leaving traces of stains.

How to Clean a Paint Spill with SpillFix

Using the SpillFix absorbent product to clean paint spills in your company is very easy:

  1. Identify the source of the spill
  2. Stop the source from continuing to spill
  3. Contain the present spill by sprinkling the SpillFix product around the outside of the paint
  4. Cover the top of the spill by sprinkling SpillFix on top of the paint
  5. Use an old broom to mix the paint into the coconut husk base
  6. Scoop the used SpillFix into a disposable bag or container
  7. Dispose of the bag/container (used SpillFix is approved by the EPA for landfill disposal, but always check local regulations before tossing your byproduct)

Once properly cleaned, the paint leaves no stains or slippery residue on the floor. This makes for happy customers and safe working conditions.

How to Clean Paint Cans with SpillFix

Dirty, empty paint cans come with the job when you make your livelihood on painting houses. Sometimes, workers find it hard to remove excess paint from the crevices of cans. SpillFix makes the paint can cleaning process easy for employees. Simply drop a couple handfuls of the absorbent product into the can. Then, use a stirrer to coat all the paint inside the can. Once all the paint is soaked into the SpillFix absorbent, you can dispose the byproduct safely into a trash bin and recycle the aluminum can. Alternatively, clean paint cans make great storage containers for paint brushes, tacks, or other small industry items. (add video of cleaning paint can)

Stop using ineffective cleanup methods when dealing with paint spills in your industry. Choosing a spill absorbent will cut down on worker related accidents and increase business productivity. Visit our website to learn more about SpillFix absorbent products made from renewable resources.

What is Coir – And What Does It Have To Do With My Absorbent Product?

SpillFix, an all-natural spill absorbent product, is one of the greenest absorbent products available today. One source of SpillFix’s “greenness” is the fact it’s made from an entirely renewable resource: coconut husks.

Though many absorbent products on the market today continue to use mined clay as their main ingredient, the need and demand for greener products has let to the creation of products such as SpillFix, which use coir rather than clay as the main ingredient in their products.

All About Coir

Coir is a natural fiber that’s extracted from a coconut’s husk. When added to SpillFix, coir creates a safe, dust free cleanup for acid spills, fuel spills, and many other common, harmful industrial spills. This renewable resource actually has an interesting history and is used to make many other materials as well.

According to wisegeek.com, coir – or coconut fiber – comes from the hairy coconut husk. Pronounced Koy-er, the word coir comes from the Malayalam word kayar meaning “to be twisted.” This renewable resource is very coarse and stiff, and is also very resistant to rot and saltwater. This means that in situations where other fibers often decay and fall apart, coir stays strong and holds itself together – which also means it holds onto the absorbed spill it was used to clean for a longer period of time, preventing leakage and giving the spill time to break down naturally.

 From The Tree To The Shelves: Making Coir Usable

In order to get the coir separated from the coconut, the fruits are split to get to the coconut husk. The husk is then soaked in pits or bodies of water that have a current of some sort, which allows different lengths of coir to separate over time. The longer fibers are used to make brooms or doormats, while the smaller coir can be used to stuff mattresses.

Coir And SpillFix’s Green Initiatives

Today coir is the most ecologically sustainable absorbent product ingredient available, which is why we choose to use it as the core of our products. To ensure that our SpillFix products stay as green as possible throughout their lifespan, we do not cut down trees or operate any mines while harvesting the renewable resource that makes SpillFix possible. SpillFix is also manufactured at factories located in fully operational coconut plantations, meaning that the coconuts require a minimal amount of transportation before they’re transformed into an absorbent product. And since we strive to be environmentally aware of our factory processes, our production uses low energy solutions to create our final products.

Due to the all-natural coir base, disposal of SpillFix is also safe for the environment. Coir, at a microscopic level, has hollow channel structures. This forces hydrocarbon spills (like gasoline or oil) to be trapped inside the spill absorbent product. Used SpillFix holding fuel spills can be a fuel source for energy producing incinerators or disposed in landfills. SpillFix is biologically stable and free of harmful micro-organisms; therefore, it provides a perfect environment for bio-degrading organisms to absorb the hydrocarbons.

SpillFix’s coir based spill absorbent product is sure to be a great addition to a range of industries and companies. The safe, all-natural renewable resource used to create our products ensures a perfect combination of worker safety and responsible disposal methods. Visit www.spillfix.com to learn more about how SpillFix can help your industry with spills.

Coconut Husks: SpillFix’s Miracle Renewable Resource

SpillFix Industrial Organic Absorbent instantly absorbs any liquid spill on contact, so spill areas can be cleaned up with minimum downtime and the area immediately rendered safe. SpillFix Industrial Organic Absorbent is clean, dust-free and non-abrasive. With SpillFix there is no after clean-up mess to handle as with heavy sticky clay or absorbent pads.”

For someone reading over our website or exploring our product line for the first time, this description probably sounds too good to be true, especially given the trouble that many other absorbent products on the market often cause for businesses looking for the simplest way to clean up a liquid spill. We’re here to say, doubt no more, as tests have repeatedly revealed that SpillFix products truly do deliver all that they promise.

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So what exactly is the secret to our adsorbents’ amazing abilities?

Believe it or not, the incredible absorbency found in SpillFix products is all thanks to a simple and entirely renewable resource: coconut husks. Each of our SpillFix products are manufactured from coconut husks, which are an incredibly abundant resource overseas.

In fact, 70 billion coconut husks are produced in Asia alone every year. Due to this incredible abundance, each of our SpillFix products are manufactured at factories that we specifically placed near or within coconut plantations, meaning that minimal transportation of the coconut husks we use to a processing plant is ever required.

There are additional benefits to using coconut husks as the base for our products. SpillFix by design – in part thanks to the coconut husks – absorbs hydrocarbon spills by encapsulating the spill and trapping it inside it’s hollow channel structure. Because of this, when a used SpillFix product is disposed of, it provides a perfect environment for the development of bio-degrading organisms that can oxidize the adsorbed hydrocarbons faster than the biodegradation of the organic SpillFix itself. Or, put simply, the absorbed chemical or material degrades naturally, rather than being released back into the environment and potentially causing any harm.

So what exactly does all of this mean? It means that SpillFix’s products are the height of green innovation. We say this for several reasons:

  • SpillFix products are made from an abundant, natural, renewable resource that is easily accessible (as opposed to being made from cut-down trees or mined materials).
  • SpillFix products require minimal processing before they’ve been prepared for use, which helps cut down on potential pollution from a factory.
  • Most importantly, our products are safe. Not only do they pose no threat to the health of the people that use them (which is why coconut husks are also used as a cleaning item in some homes), but they ensure that any harmful materials or chemicals picked up during a spill are not released back into the environment post clean-up.

In summary, our product is not only made from a green renewable resource – it is also truly environmentally friendly throughout its entire use and lifespan. Because of this, we have high hopes for SpillFix, and cannot wait to see what kind of difference it will make!

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