Why an absorbent wringer makes an excellent investment for your facility
How do you get more out of your absorbents? And how do you create efficiencies for your bottom line, including reducing waste? If these questions sound familiar to your business, this week’s post is for you!
Too often, companies lose materials because of an inability to recover valuable resources after absorption. For example, following an accidental oil spill. Or, during day-to-day overflow leakage while handling coolants and hazmat liquid chemicals.
Which prevents those companies from meeting environmental standards. By forcing them to waste fluids when they could be recycling them.
Likewise, the expense of using universal absorbent socks, pillows or pads only once before disposal quickly adds up. As do the monthly bills of paying for trash removal services.
However, using a hand wringer for sorbents can easily solve these problems. Not only will absorbent materials last longer, you can also keep and re-use the liquids you recover.
What are the benefits of using a wringer for absorbents?
Here are just a few of the great reasons to consider investing in an absorbent wringer today:
It pays itself off quickly
On average, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that a hand wringer pays for itself in just three to five short weeks.
Those cost savings quickly add up through spending less on supplies along with reducing your waste disposal costs. Enjoy buying your absorbents by the box instead of high volume pallets!
Help your business go green!
A hand wringer allows you to recycle fluids, improving your environmental compliance. This efficient chemical recovery and collection system aids waste stream separation.
Not only that, you’ll meet waste minimization goals by sending less materials to landfill. Which can also help minimize risks of them potentially leeching toxic hazmat chemicals.
Save money on annual operation spend
By employing a hand wringer at your facility, the EPA reports that you can achieve annual savings of 51-75%. That is to say, you’ll spend less on purchasing brand new absorbent pads, socks and pillows.
Not to mention reducing outlays on chemicals you use at your facility. That’s because you can easily recover fluids so they last longer and you don’t need to buy them as often. As well, you’ll be reducing your monthly bill for waste disposal management services.
Which absorbents can you wring and re-use?
Absorbent socks, mats, pads, and pillows are just a few spill cleanup supplies you can wring out and re-use. Which means you’ll be able to extend the service life of the most common contents found in spill kits.
Once you finish a spill cleanup, be it from an IBC or drum leak, pass your wet sorbents through the extractor. You’ll easily recover and recycle the otherwise oil spill wastage fluids!
Note that any liquid materials you wish to recover must be non-flammable. Which typically excludes many solvents, paints, or combustible fuels.
Hand wringer model options
If you’re ready to pick up a hand wringer, AbsorbentsOnline is here to provide them.
We offer two models to choose from, based on your business’s needs. Each features heavy steel construction and parts, with both units made in the USA.
This heavy-duty model can remove fluids from absorbent pads, towels, wipers, rugs, carpets, and flat booms.
It features dual-gear, driven, 12-inch-wide, chemical-resistant rollers. They will compress your towels, sorbents, and rags to one-half of an inch to three-fourths of an inch or less.
This unit incorporates additional features to minimize waste. Its 19-inch rollers accept 18-inch pads with no folding, or as many as four 3-inch socks at one time.
It can also accept 5-inch, 6-inch, and some 8-inch absorbent booms. The Pro model even has an optional electric motor drive for hands-free wringing.
How to use a hand wringer for absorbents
The pad wringer easily attaches to a standard 55-gallon collection drum. Depending on the materials you plan to recover, you can use either a stainless steel or polyurethane closed-head drum.
Much like tension mop-heads, an absorbent wringer uses compression to extract and recover liquids. A manual hand crank pushes sorbents through the wringer unit. As materials pass through the heavy duty rollers, they squeeze out and recover excess fluids in your collection drum.
By engaging the tension dial you can adjust the roller widths between 12 and 19 inches. Which means the unit will easily accommodate larger absorbent pillows or booms.
However, you may need to wring out thicker items like absorbent booms several times. Allow super absorbent socks or mats to hang and air dry before re-use. This is particularly relevant for sorbents you use with water-base fluids. Like absorbent floor mats in wet kitchen environments.
Tip: try feeding both ends of an absorbent sock through the unit’s rollers at the same time. This helps prevent the socks from bursting during the wringing process.
Your spill containment and clean-up supply experts
No matter what you need from a hand wringer, AbsorbentsOnline can help. By recycling and reusing your absorbents you’ll save money and the earth!
We also offer a wide range of complimentary spill containment supplies. From overpack drum spill kits, to berms or pallets. Along with competitive pricing on facility maintenance products. Including dispensers, drain covers, and roll racks.
This is a revision to a blog post with an original publish date of November 24, 2015