WASTE RECYCLING CONSIDERATIONS AND
SHIPS and CRUISE
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Waste & Recycling Equipment Category
Brief Description / Typical Application
Main Material Classes
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|Compactor Cart Combo||Can hold roughly 600 gallons of loose trash before emptying||Mixed Trash|
|Stainless Steel with Separate Liftcart||3 Sizes to choose from and buil in odor control||Mixed Trash|
|Mini-Baler Compactor||Great for small bales of cardboard and shrink wrap|
For the concourse areas, quick service dining areas and other public areas
Up to 1,000 pound bales of Cardboard
Up to 900 pound bales of Cardboard
|Bottle and Can Crusher||Recycling of PET and cans on ships / vessels is easy with this Multiple Bay Crusher. The Multiple Chambers allow for easy separation and baling of different materials.||PET||Cans|
Compacts the trash in your existing 96 gal or 64 gal containers
Easy to use and easy to feed large volumes of trash manually, by conveyor or air
crushing Fluorescent Bulbs and CFL's
For Crushing Glass
Waste Reduction and Recycling Tips for Ships & the Marine Industry
It is a scientific fact that over 70% of our planet is covered in water. With that in mind, wouldn’t the marine industry want to do everything possible to keep our oceans and environment clean? Environmental groups worldwide have had a close eye on the ship and marine industry due to recent actions to streamline waste and recycling and create a worldwide partnership for ship material recycling.
With the adoption of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships in May 2009, steps towards quality improvements in ship recycling are being taken. Other members of the marine industry are taking notice on areas where recycling can be effective, even as new laws are put into place about waste reduction at sea.
The marine industry has many areas to institute effective recycling programs.
- Prepare and put into place a Ship Recycling Plan (SRP). While not required, these plans will soon be law for all in the marine industry.
- Ships can use common recycling bins on board and implement balers for cardboard and paper, such as newspaper.
- Recycling containers should be used for bottles and cans of all types (plastic, glass, metal and aluminum) which can then be compacted for recycling.
- Cooking oil and grease may be stored in special holding tanks after use and re-used onboard as alternative fuel. Items no longer usable onboard, such as mattresses, blankets and computers are donated to local organizations.
- Implement programs that reduce energy use and associated air emissions. By replacing halogen and incandescent light bulbs with LED and compact fluorescent lights, you will use less energy and reduce the number of discarded bulbs.
- Battery recycling is just as important. Lead, lithium and cadmium can all be recycled and help the environment at the same time.
- Replace onboard plastic materials with biodegradable materials such as paper laundry bags in lieu of plastic bags. Biodegradable food waste is processed onboard by using pulpers, grinders and dehydrators.
- Let others know about your recycling efforts. Publish your environmental policies and recycling data. Display photos or stories on a website or in an annual report to investors. By involving your customers and a wider audience you show others how they can protect the environment and become environmental stewards themselves.
Waste Reduction Tips
So what can be done in terms of waste reduction efforts to allow the marine industry more environmental pursuits? Proper waste handling is crucial to the safety and security of employees, the environment and the industry. Whenever you handle, store and dispose of harmful chemicals, bio-hazardous materials, paints, solvents, and any other products, do it by the book.
- Put into place a zero dumping policy onboard. Operating ships generates various amounts of hazardous waste, such as batteries, light bulbs, medical waste and chemicals. This waste should be segregated and disposed of in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
- Ships can incinerate or offload their waste onto land. Waste that may be considered includes plastic, metal, glass, lamps, batteries, cloth and medical waste.
- Solid waste should be processed and incinerated on the ship or sent to an approved facility on shore. Make sure these facilities are compliant with environmental regulations.
- Lamp-crushers allow for onboard separation of glass, mercury and metal caps.
- Create a zero solid waste discharge policy, with all solid waste incinerated onboard or ashore, raising environmental standards.
- Reduce oily waste and “sludge” where possible. Pre-treatment of fuel oil prior to combustion leads to the generation of sludge. To improve the performance of oily water separators, make sure to install emulsion-breaking filters on separators that can accommodate them. This will ensure an environmental performance well beyond the regulatory requirements.
- Be sure to check with your waste disposal company to ensure that they are following Earth-friendly standards. What happens to your waste and are there ways you can work together to increase the recycling and waste reduction.
Case Study: Cruise Lines Recycle & Reduce Waste
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Mercury has been named Recycler of the Year several times by the Port of San Diego. RCI uses fluorescent lamp crushers that allow for crushing of glass onboard and also separation of mercury and metal end caps. They also created a battery recycling program As a result, RCI has won several environmental awards.
Princess Cruises' Ships
Princess ships have biological treatment plants. These biological facilities break down and disinfect with a bio-reactor. Ten or more of Princess Cruises' ships have treatment systems for wastewater that use membrane filtration and ultraviolet light.
The ship and marine industry constitutes a wide variety of opportunities to recycle, reduce waste and better care for our environment. While some programs exist, more can be done to showcase the marine industries efforts to be good stewards of our environment.
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