Recycled Plastic Bottles Offer Green Spill Control
Reusable Absorbents Help Cut Usage Cost in Half
Facilities across the country are looking for ways of going green. Since OSHA requires businesses to maintain a clean and dry floor in the workplace, industrial absorbents are usually kept on hand to manage and control wayward spills. Today’s common absorbent products are made from a wide variety of materials including polypropylene, cellulose, newsprint, corn cob and other materials. Typically, these products can only be used once and then have to be disposed of in a proper manner.
The Green Absorbents from Recycled to Reusable® sorbents are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. These products effectively absorb water, oils, grease, glycol as well as no. 6 heavy fuel. Their heavy duty construction provides a polyester fiber-locked, needle-punched fabric that is unique to this product. The polyester fibers also trap and filter particulate matter. As a result, The Green Absorbents from Recycled to Reusable® can be used several times, providing additional savings over the cost of standard absorbents.
Polyester Absorbents Meet LEED Requirements
Since these polyester absorbents are reusable and made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles, they can help a business earn points under the Materials & Resources section of the LEED Green Building Rating System. This is due to the fact that these types of products are considered waste diversion for ongoing consumables. They may also be considered for credits in the following categories:
• Custodial effectiveness
• Operational innovation
• Sustainable purchasing
• Green cleaning
• Green maintenance products.
The following pictures show how the products were used for the rooftop cleaning of a HVAC unit. The absorbents helped prevent oils, grease, chemicals, and particulates from traveling down the storm drain and into the environment. After the job was complete, these durable absorbents were set aside for future use.
An effective spill control plan should involve environmental consideration. Green technology will continue to evolve and will help provide sensible solutions to the ongoing issue of spill control.
Information courtesy of American Engineering Fabrics.