Recycled Plastic Bottles Offer Green Spill Control

The water bottle you are drinking from may have a new life after it’s empty (if you choose to recycle it). In 2008, 1451 million lbs. of the common PET water bottles were recycled in the US.

Plastic bottles are often unnecessarily disposed of in landfills and incinerators. However, they can be recycled and made into useful consumer and industrial products such as lawn furniture and railroad ties. Recently, a new manufacturing process has been developed to turn these bottles into reusable polyester absorbents for managing environmental spill control. This new product is called The Green Absorbents from Recycled to Reusable®. It is designed to help control costs and help meet LEED standards as developed by USGBC (United States Green building Council).


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.

Contractor Use

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.