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WASTE RECYCLING CONSIDERATIONS AND EQUIPMENT for
SHOPPING CENTERS & MALLS

 

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Waste & Recycling Equipment Category
Brief Description / Typical Application
Main Material Classes
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Smart-Pack - Automatic Compacting Receptacle

Great for the Food Court areas and other high traffic areas  where people make their own trash deposits

Mixed Trash

   
 

35 Yard Self Contained Compactor

Outdoor Compactor hauled directly to the landfill

Mixed Trash

   
  Single Stream Self Contained Compactors (with Two Compartments) Large volume Shopping Centers and Malls can use one dual compartment compactor for processing both Recyclables and non-recyclables Recyclables
and
Mixed Trash
   
 

Compacting Dumpsters - 6 Yd Front & Rear Load

Outdoor Compacting Dumpsters are tipped onsite by Haulers

Mixed Trash

   
  72" Extra High Density Baler Large Feed Opening and Large Dense Bales Cardboard    
 

Cardboard Baler - 60” High Density

Up to 1,000 pound bales of Cardboard

Cardboard

 Newsprint

PET
 

Shrink Wrap Baler - 60” High Density

Up to 800 pound bales of Shrink Wrap

Shrink Wrap

 

 

PET Baler - 60” Extra High Density

Up to 600 pound bales of PET

PET

 

 
  84" High Density Baler Huge Feed Opening for the Larger Boxes Cardboard    
 

Multi-Chamber Bottle Can Baler

Produces small easy to handle bales of plastic bottles (30 lbs) and Aluminum Cans (25 lbs)

PET Bottles

Aluminum Cans

 
 

Bin Compactors

Easy to use and easy to feed large volumes of trash manually, by conveyor or air

Mixed Trash

Recyclables

 
 

Lamp / Bulb Crusher  

For crushing Fluorescent Bulbs

Bulbs only

 

 

 

Each American generates about 4.5 pounds of trash per day, some portion of which can be found in a shopping center’s waste streams.  Shopping centers and malls generate approximately 2.5 pounds of waste per square foot.  From corrugated cardboard shipping containers to leftovers in the food court, solid waste is an issue for all shopping centers and malls. Recycling efforts should be very important to Shopping Centers and Malls.  Regulatory officials at all levels are calling for more recycling efforts, and there is much stricter enforcement towards the “producer responsibility” requirements for recycling.  The financial benefits of implementing a recycling program should be considered also.  And since solid waste disposal costs in the United States have climbed significantly over the past decade, how a shopping center manages its wastes can directly affect the facility’s bottom line. By working with suppliers, hauling contractors, maintenance staff, and customers, shopping centers and malls are managing to cut costs through waste prevention and recycling, while demonstrating their environmental stewardship to the community.

The trash profile of a shopping center is typically over 40% cardboard, 35% paper, 8% plastic, 1% metal, 5% glass, and 10% of miscellaneous waste.  Since OCC/cardboard is generated in such large volumes in Shopping Centers and Malls, you will need one or more balers or compactors.  It may also be helpful to read this link for information regarding Balers & Recycling for Newbies.  A baler or compactor should be placed in a convenient, easily accessible location with appropriate power.  You may also need to install a trailer or shed for storing the cardboard bales until pickup.

Spent fluorescent lamps which contain mercury, are regulated by U.S. EPA under the Universal Waste Rule. Check with your state to confirm regulations, as some states’ regulations are more stringent than Federal regulations. Lamps must be carefully handled and disposed of. Used fluorescent bulbs need to be stored in a manner which will help prevent breakage, such as in the original lamp boxes or boxes supplied by lamp recyclers. If fluorescent lamps break, never use a vacuum cleaner to clean them up, as this can distribute mercury widely in the air. And ventilate the room thoroughly after clean up.  Due to the mercury in fluorescent bulbs, used lamps should be stored in a marked area. Arrange with a lamp transporter (conforming to EPA universal waste regulations and state regulations) to pick them up for recycling.  The probability of a stable market for Fluorescent Bulb Recycling is good, although mercury use is decreasing.  Using a fluorescent bulb crusher is a good way to store and recycle fluorescent bulbs and follow regulatory requirements.  You can find more information regarding fluorescent lamp crushers by clicking here

Proper equipment can be the solution to rising costs in many areas...... Compactors, balers, grinders, shredders and other recycling and waste handling equipment can help you to spend less time and money on waste processing.  Shopping Centers and Malls can manage operations much more efficiently with the the right waste and recycling equipment as well as minimize the burdens associated with trash and trash expenses.

There are many options for Malls and Shopping Centers to save on waste processing costs. Below are some popular products that can be helpful towards reducing and/or streamlining Waste Processing requirements. Facility size, waste hauler arrangements and other factors will determine the best approach that should be taken.

For a quick overview of Waste Reduction & Recycling Tips for Shopping Centers, click here

For assistance in determining the best approach for your particular facility, email WasteCare Corporation at sales@wastecare.com and in addition to your contact information, let us know the approximate volume of trash being hauled from your facility each week or month and the approximate waste hauling cost each month and we will be glad to give you some suggestions.

 

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