Resource Recycling Systems Launches Policy Development and Implementation Group
Stormwater runoff is the primary cause of river degradation in urban areas. Surplus deposits from rolling and rolling containers contribute significantly to the large volumes of water that end up in local streams, lakes, wetlands and rivers. This stormwater runoff can cause flooding and erosion and wash away critical habitat for organisms in local waterways.
To help protect the environment, container manufacturers must adhere to the standards of various entities, such as the Department of Transportation and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. These requirements allow businesses and municipalities to control how they prevent stormwater runoff. As long as the finished product prevents stormwater runoff, the container remains compliant.
Why is this important
The waste industry must exercise due diligence to prevent stormwater runoff and protect natural resources, and it must take action to reduce the pollution of landfill water that results in stormwater runoff. The real work begins with the container itself. Businesses have the opportunity to innovate in product development.
In addition, customers can use simple concepts, such as keeping the cover closed to prevent entry of rain, placing dumpsters away from storm water inlets, avoiding disposal of liquids in a dumpster, and replace the unit when it begins to rust or crack to help prevent these problems.
While there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of contamination, responsibility begins with the design and engineering of the container supplier.
As companies launch corporate responsibility programs, developing new products to meet compliance best practices is essential.
By creating environmentally friendly products and a standard of behavior, container manufacturing companies can support the economy by sourcing responsibly, reducing the carbon footprint, and developing more products with environmental benefits. .
City and state governments also hold control to dictate the design of products. Many municipalities in the Northwest, for example, do not allow containers with drains inside. As an industry, this type of oversite continues to be a popular trend, spreading to other parts of the country as well.
Rolling container manufacturers adhere to local constraints during the design process and specialize in adjusting the engineering to provide a final product that meets both customer needs and local regulations.
Preparation and testing
When a container arrives, the customer expects it to do its job. Protection against environmental damage is part of this expectation. Containers are designed, built and tested in manufacture to ensure they meet guidelines such as Carboline Protective Coatings recommendations and DOT specifications. Companies follow strict guidelines to ensure that rolling containers position their customers to protect the environment.
Testing takes place during product development. Interior surfaces of tanks are inspected prior to coating. Engineers remove all blisters, weld spatter, sharp spatter, chips and pitting. Decontamination must combine rounding, grinding and high pressure washing with injection of sand.
After the preliminary inspection, the preparation of the surface begins. All oils and greases should be removed from surfaces so that they can be coated with a safety solvent prior to abrasive stripping. Additionally, manufacturers should consider the type of air compressor used to coat the exterior of the container to the depth of the anchor pattern up to the tooth in the metal.
After the coating has been applied and the container has cured, the final tests begin. Before an order leaves the warehouse, containers are water tested to ensure they are liquid and dust tight. *
Meeting regulatory requirements is not just about proving compliance, it is the responsibility of the owner and operator to protect the environment. Stormwater runoff wreaks havoc on water sources, and chemical contaminants have the potential to harm both humans and wildlife.
By starting with a container that prevents stormwater runoff and emphasizing ongoing maintenance and timely replacement, container users can do their part adequately to keep our waters clean and protect our planet.
DOT terminology requires both a “cargo tank and portable tank that are leaktight to DOT specifications” (173.240.b, 173.240.c) and a “cargo tank and portable tank not meeting DOT specifications suitable for the transport of liquids ”(173.241.b, 173.241.c).
Brett Withers is Director of Engineering at Wastequip, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.