How Can I Improve Waste Management?

We are all being made aware of the importance of Waste Management at the moment. It is all over the news and social media…stop waste…decrease landfill…say no to plastic.

Our waste has changed over the last hundred years which means traditional methods of disposal such as burying and burning are no longer feasible.

Waste management is a bit more than putting the bins out for the binmen to collect and take away. There is so much that you can do before collection which can save time, money and the planet.

The 6 R’s of Waste Management

The 6’s of waste management can help you manage your waste. They are:

  1. Reduce – There are things you can do to reduce your waste. Think…do you really need to print that email? If you do, does the signature of the email add an extra page of printing that you don’t need?
  2. Refuse – Simply say NO. Say no to plastic and other unrecyclable materials. Work with your suppliers and reduce packaging. In the canteen or company kitchen, say no to disposable cups and cutlery. If you have a watercooler, say no to the plastic cups and bring your own reusable cup.
  3. Reuse – Before you throw items away, have a think…can you use it for something else? Can you reuse packaging? Have you printed a page you didn’t need, use it as scrap paper. An old cup or pot, can you store things in it? It could be a new pen pot. Get creative, turn an old ladder on its side, mount on a wall and you have a new shelf or rack for extra storage.
  4. Recycle – There are so many schemes for recycling, have a look in your local newspaper and see what programmes are in your area. These schemes can cover clothing, metal, wood and more. You can also find recycling bins in your local supermarket car park.
  5. Repair – Repairing things when needed is a great way to reduce waste. Ripped workwear can be mended by stitching it back together. Superglue, nails and tape are other items you can use too.
  6. Resell – We have all heard the saying…’ one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. There are so many selling sites and pages now. Sites like eBay, Shpock, Gumtree and so many selling pages on Facebook and Facebook Marketplace. Of course, you can always stick an advert in your local post office as well. These are great ways of getting rid of unwanted items and you can make a little bit of money at the same time. You never know…you might find some treasure yourself.

Organising your Waste

If items are destined to be disposed of, then organise your waste, so that it can be disposed of or recycled correctly. How you do this, can depend on the industry you work in.

Schools

The biggest source of waste in schools is paper, followed closely by cardboard. Make it easy to sort waste by placing colour-coded bins in classrooms. You can have a blue bin for paper, green for recycling, red for plastics and black for general waste. Using these colours can encourage and make it easy for children to get into the habit of recycling. Why not have bins with transparent bodies so that the children can see their efforts?

Offices

Paper, cardboard, disposable cups and plastic make up the majority of office waste. Having coloured open-top bin for recycling paper and cardboard between a group or for an individual will make it super easy for staff to recycle. Each member of staff can have their own small lidded bin for general waste tucked under their desk.

Warehouses

Warehouses can produce vast amounts of waste, this could be cardboard, shrink wrap and pieces of metal. A standard waste bin would simply not be enough. Installing industrial recycling and waste sacks could be the answer! Have a different sack for shrink wrap, metal, glass, cardboard and general waste for easy disposal into larger wheeled bins ready for collection.

Clinical and Research Facilities

It is vital waste is sorted correctly in clinical and research facilities, especially when disposing of items such as chemicals and sharps. Installing clinical sack holder bins is an ideal way of sorting waste. Differentiate between the types of waste by having a different colour lid for each waste type. When disposing of chemicals and other liquids such as acids or even body fluids, try using granular absorbents. These granules absorb and neutralise liquids enabling them to be simply swept up and disposed of in the general waste. This can save time and a lot of money as specialist waste collections are not required.

When sorting your waste, make sure you come up with a plan and inform your staff so they can follow your procedures. Applying labels to your bins can help ensure procedures are followed, especially if you have visitors or patients who will not be aware of your waste management plan.

I hope reading this has given you ideas on how you can manage your waste.

We will be back in the new year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

How to Reduce the Chances of Spreading Coronavirus- Know the Facts

How to stop coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, commonly referred to as SARS-CoV-2. Coronavirus is also known as novel coronavirus, which means it is a new strain of virus previously unknown to virologists.  The disease gets its number 19 from the year it was discovered.

Transmission of Germs

It is factual that; your hands are one of the main routes that viruses take to make their way from surfaces to your respiratory system, so keeping surfaces clean is one of the most effective things you can do to stop yourself contracting the virus. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for twenty seconds. If you can’t get to a sink, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser will do the trick.

A question raises its head, regarding the quality of sanitisers.  Some have low alcohol content.  Medical grade sanitiser is over 70% alcohol (Ethanol or Isopropyl) this substance is intended to destroy or make harmful organisms like bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus, inactive.  The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommend just that.  According to the available evidence on efficacy, tolerability and cost effectiveness, WHO recommends using an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitiser) for routine hand antisepsis in most clinical situations.  It would logically follow that a high alcohol hand sanitiser would be more than adequate for general usage by the general public too.

Hand Sanitiser compliant with the WHO is available here https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/hydroalcoholic-hand-sanitising-gel-min-70-alcohol

Effectiveness of Wipes

Dr Clare Lanyon a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne was speaking to The Telegraph after conducting an experiment for the BBC programme, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, which found “dramatic growth” of microbes within 12 hours of cleaning with a regular kitchen surface with wipe.

This then raises the question regarding the wipe itself.  ‘are general surface wipes good enough to protect us?’  Looking at general surface wipes they are not only as effective as Dr Clare Lanyon states, but; they also contain plastic, making most of them last for years instead of breaking down.

The Answer

PoshChemie® has a product sold by Trade Shop Direct, called Alcohol Based Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleaner.  This has an alcohol content of 73.4% minimum, which makes it medical grade.  It can be sprayed onto hard surfaces to kill 99.99% of bacteria and virus (including coronavirus) on the surface.  The surface can be wiped with a paper towel to dry if required.  Paper towels contain no plastic, so these are compostable, and break down unlike the majority of general wipes.

High Alcohol Surface Cleaner without the ‘Plastic Wipe’ https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/alcohol-based-anti-bacterial-surface-cleaner

Virus Hygiene

COVID-19

Regardless of where we live in the world, we are all now well aware of the new strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is making its way into all of our lives in one way or another.

While we don’t yet know all there is to know about this virus, there are some very basic steps that we can take to help ensure that ourselves, our families, workmates and people around us are as protected as possible from coming into contact with, or spreading, this virus.

Not only that, but if we keep to our new hygiene regimes, we will also help limit the spread of any other conditions such as colds and flus etc.

Government guidelines are continuously changing and updating, but the one constant piece of advice is that you must keep your hands clean and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth.

Soap and water are the best way to keep your hands clean. Make sure you use a ‘hand-washing’ routine to ensure you get to every part of your hands and fingers. Singing a song to be sure you have spent enough time at the sink is a great idea. Staff may sometimes need a little prompt to keep up the routine regularly, so a poster informing them of the best way to wash their hands can help. Letting people know that you are on top of the situation, by placing a ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ sign is also another great idea. Keep your staff and customers safe and informed.

If you do not have easy and regular access to a sink, you can use a hand sanitiser gel. Make sure that it is over 60% alcohol / Ethanol content, to ensure that it will be effective. A range of 70% medical grade sanitisers are available here.

We are all hoping that this latest outbreak will disappear as quickly as it has arrived, but if you do need any help with signage or sanitising hand gel, TradeShopDirect can help.

A Solvent-Free, Biological Parts Washer Degreaser. How To Become More Environmentally Friendly and Make Savings. A Helpful Guide.

TradeShopDirect advanced Industrial biological parts cleaner for washing and cleaning industrial and commercial parts and components and even equipment.

A new generation parts washer/degreaser for multiple application and industries. It uses concentrated biologically rich microorganisms to digest the oily wash water to constantly regenerate the bath. Safe for the operator and the environment.

Environment And The Law

There are a number of laws and commitments that every business has to adhere to, it just depends on what type of business you are. For instance, if you’re a company who produces a lot of chemical waste which could be damaging to the environment, you’ll obviously be held to a lot stricter standard than an organisation, for example, delivering letters.
The type of waste from old parts washers has to be disposed of in specially-managed waste facilities. It is not possible to dispose of hazardous liquid waste down drains or landfills in the UK.

Why You Should Buy This Biological Parts Washer?

There’s an ever-increasing need for us all to abide by the law and become more environmentally friendly and aware, It doesn’t use chemicals and solvents, It ensures the health and safety of the operator and well-being of the planet because the microorganisms constantly clean the bath. It also reduces and saves you money in waste disposal.

Industrial Biological Parts Washer

This advanced Industrial biological parts cleaner degreaser solution for washing and cleaning industrial and commercial parts and components is warmed to 38°C, an ideal cleaning temperature for cleaning and degreasing parts
(and using boost mode, you can increase this to 43°C if required), it has around a 30L bath and a brush for cleaning thoroughly between the parts. It’s a large parts washer, yet compact and robust. The heated parts washer benefits from a secure lid to limit any evaporation.

The biological degreasing parts washer solution, along with a microorganism concentrated tablets provides you with around a month of cleaning, at which point you add another microorganism tablet. The microorganisms continue to clean the solution, breaking down the contaminants, so you don’t have to drain the bath like you would a regular old fashioned parts washer.

The solvent-free biological parts washer and degreaser is designed with the operator in mind, has a bath level indication and a very easy to drain, the integrated system included.


The microorganisms continue to clean the fluid and break down contaminants, so you don’t have to drain the bath like you would a regular old fashioned parts washer.

Where Can This Parts Cleaner Degreaser Be Used?

The advanced, new generation parts cleaner degreaser is designed for use with many industries and applications where thorough cleaning and degreasing of oils and contaminants of parts is required, here are a few:

Industry

Metal Working; For cleaning and degreasing all types of parts, tools.
Glass Works: Cleaning grease moulds, cutters.
Electrical/Electronics: Degreasing of motherboards, electrical components, housing.
Textiles: Cleaning combs and looms, removing textile oils, weaving filters.
Vocational Training: Degreasing components and parts for cars, motorcycles, agricultural machinery.
Plastics Manufacturers: Cleaning moulds, extractors, bearings, removing hydraulic oils.
Paper Manufacturers: Removing ink from conveyor rollers, press rolls, degreasing casings and gears.
Printing/Screen Printing: Removing ink, cleaning rollers, ink wipers, ink mixers, spray rollers, various surfaces.

Transport

Motorcycles: Degreasing housing of engines and transmissions, cylinder heads, pistons, valves, chains, sprockets, carburettor manifolds, forks, and shock absorbers and cleaning of other mechanical components.
HGV’s: Degreasing gearboxes, diesel oil centrifuges, engine blocks and housing, cylinder heads, pistons, valves
and cleaning of other mechanical components,
Rail: Spark plugs, wheel bearings and cleaning of other mechanical components.
Shipyards: Cleaning of mechanical components and engines and cleaning of other mechanical components.
Public Transport: Fleet maintenance, bus, underground, tramway maintenance and cleaning of other mechanical components.
Car: Timing covers, oil pans, clutch housing, gearboxes, cylinder heads, pistons, valves, chains, sprockets, carburettor manifolds, forks. alloy wheels, and shock absorbers and cleaning of other mechanical components.

Leisure

Boats/Jetski: Maintenance of mechanical components, engine maintenance.
Bicycle: Degreasing of chains and chainsets.
Ski Resort: Degreasing and cleaning of rope grips for cable cars and chair lifts, cleaning of internal components and springs.
Golf Courses / Racecourses: Maintenance of mowers, removal of oils, grass stains and cleaning of other components.
Campers and Caravans: Highly effective on for removal of black marks on bodywork.
Motor Sports: Timing covers, oil pans, clutch housing, gearboxes, cylinder heads, pistons, valves, chains, sprockets, carburettor manifolds, folks. allow wheels, and shock absorbers and cleaning of other mechanical components.

Medical

Degreasing of titanium prostheses.
Removing polishing compounds.

Public Bodies And Authorities

Army & Police: Degreasing of arms and weapons and components, including barrel and breech.
Cemeteries: Equipment Maintenance.
District Councils: Cleaning of maintenance equipment, Refuse lorries, sweepers, mowers.
Local services: Fleet maintenance, cleaning mower blades, hedge cutter blades, plastic housing, carburettors,
chains, guides and casting on chainsaws, air filters and cleaning of various equipment,
Forestry: Cleaning mower blades, hedge cutters, plastic housing, chains, guides and casting on chainsaws, air filters and cleaning of various equipment,
Public Swimming Baths: Cleaning pumps, boilers and apparatus.
Water Treatment Plants: Cleaning pump, filters and pipes.

Agriculture / Agro Food

Horticulture: Maintenance of agriculture equipment,
Processing: Cleaning of pumps, milk treatment equipment, degreasing of metal moulds, degreasing of housings, plant maintenance conveyors, degreasing of gear reducers and effective cleaning of frying oils.
Abattoirs: various cleaning of components.

Construction & Civil Engineering

Quarries: Cleaning of conveyors, degreasing of hydraulics systems, maintenance of site machinery and dust removal.
Equipment Hire Companies: Maintenance of heat appliances, dust removal from housings and filters.
Motorway Construction Companies: Vehicle and equipment maintenance.
Tunnel Construction: Cleaning of conveyors, degreasing of hydraulics systems, maintenance of site machinery and dust removal.

Questions To Ask Yourself

Operators Health

Is it solvent free?
Are there optimal hygiene and safety conditions? Remember that solvents affect health. Short-term effects of solvents can include; irritation of eyes, lungs skin, cause headache, nausea, dizziness and light-headedness.

Savings

Does It have consumable cost control and is it a low cost to run?
Are there microorganisms that continue to clean the fluid, breaking down the contaminants so you don’t have to drain the bath like you would a regular old fashioned parts washer?

Environment

Does it minimise waste?
Is it kind to the environment?

How To Buy The Parts Washer Degreaser

Finding the right environmentally friendly alternative to traditional solvent-based cleaners, couldn’t be easier,

Trade Shop Direct has always been at the front of offering great new products and support for our industrial and commercial trade customers and we are proud to say that we the UK reseller for the industrial biological parts washer and environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions. We have a great choice for the modern and savvy user of today.

We’re excited to now sell this new advanced biological parts cleaner and degreaser. Buy this Biological Parts Washer from us here and just leave the concentrated, biologically rich microorganisms, digest the oily wash water to constantly regenerate the bath in an environmentally-friendly way.

Spill Control

It is a legal requirement under the Oil Storage Regulations (OSR) and the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) to ensure that measures are in place to reduce the risk of accidental pollution. If you store or transport oil, fuel or other hazOil Spillardous materials that could pose a risk to life or the environment you will need to have adequate spill control measures in place.

Spill control kits are readily available a range can be found on Trade Shop Direct these can include kits for small spills up to larger kits and pallets with sumps. You need to ensure that your spill control capacity is enough to handle a complete spillage, just in case a container is full when the spill occurs.

In order to contain the spill you may need additional items such as booms or drain covers to ensure the spill does not enter the environment via the drainage network, containment is the second step in handling a spill, (the first being personal protection, you must use PPE adequate for the spillage you are handling) once contained you can work on step three, removal.

Trade Shop Direct has a wide range of spill control products to ensure that you can stock the correct items needed to control a spill in your specific environment, in addition we can supply training courses on how to handle spills so that you and your staff know exactly what to do should the worst happen. please give us a call for more information 01353 665141.