Waste management for a greener planet

Waste management is a part of our daily life. We have residue in almost everything – the food we cook, in building homes, in accessories. Most waste if managed well can be treated and contribute for a greener planet. Most of us already recycle or reuse waste. In fact we order bins to segregate waste from household items where we have bins for recycled waste.

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Recycled waste gets treated to be reused again. Paper. metals, glass, plastic, hazardous material and organic waste can be managed effectively. Paper gets recycled. Metals like aluminum and steel are both sorted during the recycling process and melted down to produce new items. Again glass is melted and recycled to produce new glass. Recycled plastics are ground into flakes and used to make new plastic items. However all plastic cannot be recycled. The code on the plastic container should be checked before disposing the plastic. Organic Waste is converted to compost or mulch. Hazardous waste  is waste that has toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients. This waste is harmful if improperly handled. Common household hazardous wastes include motor oil, pesticides, batteries and paints. Hazardous waste that cannot be recycled gets emptied out in landfills. Skip bins are used store hazardous waste that goes to a landfil.

Most skip bins are used in construction sites and contain demolition waste or debris. This waste normally gets thrown in a landfill. Normally found in construction sites, demolition or in renovation projects – where there is concrete and other material, skip bins hold most of the construction waste. Skip bins are also used in factories where scrap metal is produced. The material in the skip may be taken to a landfill, recycled or recovered/disposed of in some other way.

A skip bin is a large open container. It is not an ordinary bin as the design is such that the bin can be loaded on to a lorry that carries debris to a landfill. The shape is either a trapezoid or two stacked trapezoids. At either end of the skip bins there is a sloping floor so that the bin can be lifted on to the floor of the disposable truck. Most other bins are normally emptied on a garbage truck. This is not the case for skip bins. Since most debris in a skip bin is mostly harmful, it is not emptied onto a truck. Instead one skip bin is replaced with another. The skip bin with the waste is tipped at a landfill site or transfer station. For heavy skip bins a special crane or a skip lorry is used.

Skip bins are heavy. A typical small skip, when empty, weighs about 250 kilograms.

Skip bins should be ordered from a reliable provider that caters to a number of waste management options. Keep the skip bin in mind when disposing off non recyclable debris and other material. You will add your bit towards a cleaner and greener planet.

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Vehicles used in demolition services

Loader in demolition

Old buildings no longer suitable for living because of hazardous materials present in the building are put up for demolition. Demolition would mean that the entire structure is brought down. There are a number of ways to demolish old structures made of concrete. Most of these require heavy power as concrete is a strong material and not that easy to bring down. Focus Demolition
provides safe and efficient strip out, demolition and asbestos removal services in the commercial, construction and industrial sectors.

Most of the time the result of demolition is a large amount of loose and harmful debris flying around in the demolition site. This is harmful as it contains tiny particles of dust and maybe even asbestos. To avoid side effects that can occur after inhaling these substances, the demolished debris requires a safe disposal and cannot be left lying around.

Building demolition is usually done by cranes, front end loaders, bulldozers, puck ups and monster trucks.

A monster truck lives up to it’s name. It has very large wheels and a large suspension. These trucks are 11 feet tall and about 12 feet
wide. A monster truck must weigh a minimum of 9,000 pounds. It is designed after most pick up trucks. They are equipped with remote
shut-off switches, called the Remote Ignition Interruptor (RII). Though these trucks are largely used in racing a number of monster trucks have been used by demolition companies.

A bulldozer uses a blade to push large quantities of soil, rubble etc. It is mostly a tractor fitted with a razor blade. Bulldozers are fitted with large tracks which give the bull dozers good ground holding capability and mobility through very rough terrain. This is quite useful when a structure has been demolished.

Construction cranes are usually temporary structures used to transport heavy objects from a height. They are either fixed to the ground or mounted on a purpose-built vehicle. Cranes can be fitted with a wrecking ball for demolishing buildings.

A loader is a type of tractor that has a front-mounted square wide bucket connected to the end of two booms (arms). It is usually
wheeled and sometimes on tracks depending on the terrain. Loaders are used for picking up the demolition debris as they are easily
able to scoop up loose material from the ground and deposit it on the dump truck.

In addition to the above a number of pick ups are used to deposit debris from the construction site. Pickup are restructured to load the debris and hazardous material and deposit the same to a dumping site normally located at some distance from the city.




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Using vans for plumbing services


A leaking tap, a block in the drain are the little irritants in a relaxed lifestyle. As per fengshui any blocks or leaks  should be fixed immediately as a leak signifies a leak in finances and a block in the flow of abundance. Most of all small drips and leaks can be quite irritating to live with especially if you are a busy hardworking person who really does not have the time to take care of such small things. Help is on the way.

There are a number of plumbing service companies who work 24×7 so you can get help anytime you are free without compromising on work hours. Superior Plumbing based in Perth, provides service 24 hours a day and 7 days a  week in Perth and surrounding areas. They address all aspects of plumbing from dripping taps, leaking toilets and hot water installations to renovations and new builds, domestic and commercial.

In addition a number of companies have plumbing vans and can sometimes be available at imediate notice. These vans are fully equipped with the necessary equipment so that the job is completed the first time around. Most plumbers are qualified and trained to manage all aspects of maintenance for the entire fleet of vehicles, from spray painting, repairing, restoring, body work, modifying and valeting. To help them in their work the plumbing vans are fitted with customized equipment like:

  • Vehicle Tracker : This is important as the parent office can establish communication with the van on call. This is helpful in both ways – when addressing a plumbing problem and for notifying the van to reach a particular address especially if the plumbing service is required within the vicinity of the plumbing vehicle. This reduces the turn around time quite drastically. The engineer on call is able to troubleshoot faster as information on the route etc is provided immediately by the main office. This allows the company to service more clients in a single day. Due to a good tracking system the centre staff can address any problems an engineer may face as they have easy access to central data and can answer questions rapidly.
  • Good Shelving: Plumbing vans require a good shelving system: Shelves free up more space allowing the plumber to carry other things. What works even better are shelves that are adjustable as these can be altered to fit new equipment. Extension drawer systems, service cases, lockers, workbenches, long component trays all complete the plumbing van fitting.
  • All terrain tires: A plumbing van needs to move over rough and smooth terrain and the tires fitted in the van should be able to handle most terrain.
  • Lighting inside the cargo area: The cargo area requires special lighting so that equipment and minor servicing can be addressed within the van.

So if you are  looking for someone to fix that leaking toilet in your bathroom or a dripping tap in your kitchen help can be available within minutes.


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Requirements for commercial towing

towing trucks

The art of towing has changed a lot in the past few years. Most vehicle owners are aware of their car’s towing capacity especially since off roading has gained popularity. Almost all vehicles – cars, utilities, vans, 4WD’s and trade vehicles have towing capabilities.

To avoid any mishaps when towing make sure you understand the capability of your vehicle, the road that you will travel on, the type of towing you will do (a caravan, a trailer or something bigger), the distribution of weight in proportion to the vehicle you drive. This is important as the towing equipment you use will depend on the above four requirements.

Most towing equipment will include Bullbars, Roobars, Front Protection Bars, Roof Racks, Tradesman Racks, Ladder Racks, Cargo Barriers, Spotlights. Take a look at Westcott Towbars for a good range of towing equipment. Along with tow bars you can find a good supply of weight distribution systems (180lb – 1200lb), sway control systems (friction and dual cam), roo bars, bull bars, front protection bars and custom-made tradesmen racks.

In 2006, Master Lock did their annual study on towing safety to see how many Americans tow their cargo correctly. Master Lock reported that 70 percent of trailer owners did not fully know the correct way to tow their cargo.

For commercial vehicles towing is accomplished via a trailer hitch. The tow hitch capacity is usually stated in the vehicle documentation as a towing specification. For towing of buses, truck tractors or large trucks the commercial vehicles used would have a long, weighted body and heavier duty engines, transmissions, and tow hooks. Commercial vehicles used to tow heavy buses etc have certain requirements like  and need to be fitted with ABS, ESV or LSV.

Tow trucks are normally equipped with the following equipment:

  • Boom: This is used in recovery vehicles. These are fitted with an adjustable boom winch helps in pulling out a vehicle from a ditch, embankment etc.
  • Hook and Chain: chains are fitted around the tow trucks axle. The axle is drawn aloft by a boom winch and the vehicle to be towed is is towed on the other axle.
  • Wheel-lift: A large metal yoke is fitted under the front or rear wheels. A hydraulic hoist is used to draw the fron and rear end of the vehicle depending on whether it is a front or a rear wheel drive.
  • Flatbed: the entire back of the truck is fitted with a bed that is hydraulically inclined. This when moved to a ground level allows the towed vehicle to be placed on it.

Commercial towing requirements are simple and easy to obtain.

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