Plasma Gasification / Plasma Arc Technology for Waste Management Technology


Burning waste is nothing new, but up until recently pretty much all around the world it was never done in a manner that was even remotely beneficial and not entirely harmful. The only advantage it had is that it was a convenient and low-cost way to eliminate waste, but of course it was hugely polluting and not something that should have ever been done in the first place. Here and now in the 21st century we are now still exposing waste to extreme temperatures, but there’s no burning or combustion going on and it’s actually beneficial and not harmful.

All of you will know that here at Load & Lift we specialize in Colborne and Trenton area dumpster rentals with rubbish bin disposal services where we bring you your bins and then collect them once you’ve filled them before disposing of the waste properly. There are all sorts of job sites all over Ontario where disposal bin rentals will be needed, but we’ll be serving the ones in this area of the Province. But if we are going to talk about the Province as a whole, this type of waste vaporizing technology known as plasma recycling is something that Ontario has been trying out for a few years now.

It is quite the impressive process, and it fits nicely with waste management technologies that we like to put a light on here with our blog. We keep things pretty basic with disposal bin rentals in Trenton and Colborne but we have a lot of admiration for people who do smart waste management and recycling on much bigger levels.

So let’s have a look at that here with this entry and see what makes plasma arc recycling such a promising technology for better disposal of waste and generating energy out of the disposal of it.

Plasma Gasification Recycling

Plasma recycling differs from conventional incineration, and with it they’re not just simply tossing waste on a fire. When trash is incinerated – like it used to be some of the time – the fuel (household trash) burns with oxygen to release waste gases (typically carbon dioxide, steam, and various kinds of air pollution) and heat energy. By burning it in a closed container at extremely high temperatures as many toxic chemicals as possible are destroyed, but there’s still air pollution created obviously.

When pollution from the smokestack is trapped and ‘scrubbed’ clean with an electrostatic smoke precipitator there’s less pollution, and that’s even more true when a very tall smokestack is used. The energy created from conventional trash incineration is used to boil water, drive steam turbines, or generate electricity.

But the combustion itself was what was needed to be taken out of the equation, and plasma arc recycling does just that. There’s nothing ‘burning’ at all even though the applied temperatures are much hotter than with conventional trash incineration. What those super hot temperatures is melt and vaporize the waste, and instead of flame doing that is an electrical device known as a plasma arc.

Plasma arc recycling doesn’t involve combustion. Instead of simply burning the waste (at a few hundred degrees), the waste is heated to much higher temperatures (thousands of degrees) so it melts and then vaporizes. This is done by an electrical device known as a plasma arc, which is a kind of super-hot torch made by passing gas through an electrical spark.

Waste to Syngas Via the Torch

How waste is turned to syngas in a typical plasma torch pyrolysis plant, from US Patent 5,634,414 by Plasma Technology Corporation.

Waste enters through a hopper where it’s compacted into small bales and freed of air by a hydraulic ram before being pushed up the chute. Bales of waste are gradually pushed by the smaller hydraulic rams into the reactor until the photoelectric sensor indicates levels are high enough. The plasma torch pivots around to turn the waste into useful syngas before that gas exits through the pipe on the right.

We’re talking about some serious heat here too. The plasma arc in a waste plant heats the waste to temperatures anywhere from about 1000–15,000°C (1800–27,000°F) in order to melt the waste and then turning it into vapor. After that simple organic (carbon-based) materials cool back down into relatively clean gases and metals and other inorganic wastes fuse together and cool back into solids.

2 usable products emerge from this; syngas (energy-rich mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen) and a kind of rocky solid waste that is said to resemble broken glass. The syngas is most commonly burned to create energy while the glass-like material is often used as an aggregate for roadbuilding and other types of construction. In practice, the syngas may be contaminated with toxic gases such as dioxins that have to be scrubbed out and disposed of somehow, while the rocky solid may also contain some contaminated material.

Plasma recycling may be relatively new, but as you would guess there is a large amount of interest in the technology. Plants are now appearing in countries all around the world, and very notable in the UK is Advanced Biofuels Solutions (ABS) who have developed a syngas technology called RadGas. It turns household waste into a substitute form of natural gas capable of being used in the ordinary gas grid.

The US military has also experimented with gas plasma technology, as they are interested in reducing the waste generated in war zones. And here in Ontario APP won a contract to build a 20MW gas plasma plant in Hamilton in 2014, which was estimated to be able to provide the power for 17,000 homes. Unfortunately this plant never came to be, but the technology is something we may see incorporated around here again.

Worksite cleanup in Trenton and Colborne with dumpster rentals delivered by Load and Lift is the quick and easy way to collect whatever it is you need to get rid of, and then have disposal bin collected and taken away with nothing more required of you than to fill it. We make it simple for you and for dumpster rentals in Brighton or Hilton we’ve got you covered there too. We can be anywhere along the 401 in this area of the Province with same-day disposal bin delivery and we’ll pick them up on your schedule too.

Plus, don’t forget that every bin rental puts the renter into a draw for $250 that we make 4x a year. All the more reason to call Load and Lift first when you need a dumpster rental in Trenton and Colborne for waste disposal.

EPR Extended Producer Responsibility Trends Advancing in 2022

The sheer volume of waste management that needs to be addressed by civic decision in cities all over North America is one thing, but what is increasingly being seen is massive upticks in the volume of hazmat waste that needs to be processed safely and responsibly too. It will be different depending on the type of waste we are talking about, and some of it is dealt with more easily than others. There are many HAZMAT certified waste disposal providers here in Trenton and Colborne Ontario, including us here at Load n’ Lift, but current consumer product trends are meaning there is a lot of waste that is much more complicated in its handling and disposal.

One of those consumer product trends that is obviously very much at the forefront today is electric vehicles, and the way sales of these vehicles has really taken off is a reflection of how consumers realize the need to move away from ICE vehicles to curb global warming as best we can. But these vehicles require super batteries that are not cannot be responsibly disposed of easily, and while we have the best dumpster rentals in Colborne and Trenton too these batteries are definitely NOT the type of item that anyone will be just tossing out when they’ve reached the end of their working lifespan.

EPR in Canada

So what exactly is EPR, and what is the immediate relevance of it when it comes to electric vehicle battery disposal. The issue with these batteries is they contain many components that would pose very serious contamination risks if they were disposed of in conventional ways. EPR is a waste management model created to incentivize producers to have environmental considerations incorporated into the design, manufacturing and management of their products.

The aim is to reduce waste in landfills and promote a more sustainable life cycle for products. Provincial legislation determines the program, so there isn’t a standardized system across Canada. Provinces are implementing their own EPR systems, although they tend to be a work in progress at this point. This certainly is a positive step towards sustainable waste management, but with a patchy approach comes complications with what makes up compliance, and this is very true for proper disposal of EV batteries.

Legislation Varies Depending on Location

Anyone who takes interest in this subject and looks will find that provincial legislation regulating the collection, processing, recycling and disposal of used batteries across Canada varies quite considerably. Let’s start with looking at Quebec. In October 2021, the Province announced its intention to have minimum rates for recovery and recycling for the producers of electric vehicle batteries, small batteries and lead-acid batteries. If passed it would make QUE the first jurisdiction in North America to put regulations in place for the recycling of electric vehicle batteries.

Quebec is already a national leader when it comes to residents moving to an electric vehicle, so it may well makes sense that they take the lead with electric vehicle battery recycling. Their enhanced battery EPR is part of the plan to promote electrification while protecting the environment and resources by increasing recovery and enhancement of these products once they reach the end of their working life.

British Columbia introduced similar EPR legislation in September of last year, their EPR Five-Year Action Plan for the province. There are many noteworthy details to it, but we’ll just look at one – it is stipulating that by 2040 all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia will need to be zero-emission vehicles. It also includes concrete plans to better repurpose and recycle these hybrid and electric vehicle batteries.

But most importantly it contains specific language that says producers of electric and hybrid vehicles will have to factor in the cost and responsibility for the full life cycle of their electric vehicles and the batteries in them. Will this mean that eventually automakers will need to factor end-of-life collection and recycling costs for the batteries into the initial purchase price? Quite likely.

So how about our Province, Ontario? There is nothing similar coming from the current Provincial government yet, but we will probably see them get onboard with greater EPR requirements themselves in the near future. It is an important step if Ontario is to be accommodating consumer product trends that will mean this type of waste is going to grow in volume exponentially.

Call us here at Load n’ Lift first for waste pickup in Trenton and Colborne or for disposal bin rentals. Not only are we able to have your bins on site the same day usually, but timely pick up and responsible disposal is guaranteed here and we always put a 100% emphasis on full customer satisfaction. Plus, everyone who gets a dumpster rental here will be automatically entered in our draw to win $250 that happens every 3 months. Need trash disposal or job site cleanup? We are your guys.

City of Orillia Clear Garbage Bag Program Gets Started

Orillia is quite a ways north of us here in Trenton and Colborne, and it’s known as the Sunshine City because it’s known to get more of the stuff than other regions of the province and one of the nice things about living there is you’ve got two lakes on either side of you. Of course we have one of the Great Lakes right in front of us with Lake Ontario here along Highway 401 but we’ll concede that Lake Simcoe has a lot going for it in comparison to Ontario and Georgian Bay is pretty special too. We are tops for waste disposal in Trenton and Colborne, but it appears that they’re starting to do things differently in Orillia.

We’re also tops for Colborne disposal bin rentals, and you’re free to call them dumpster rentals if you like. But we’re fairly sure there isn’t a single see-through dumpster anywhere on the planet and we certainly don’t have any bins like that here either. Where we’re going with this all of this is that Orillia is introducing a new project related to municipal waste collection and the need for it is as ‘transparent’ as can be. As of Monday this week residents and businesses in Orillia will need to put ALL household garbage in an entirely clear and see-through garbage bag rather than a black or green one.

Why ‘see-through’ and no other type of bag, you might ask? Well, surely we can agree that in today’s day and age recycling of materials that can be recycled is more important than ever. Having them end up in waste management centres or landfills is not only inappropriate, it’s also expensive and creates even more problems down the line.

So for all these reason you must now use a clear garbage bag in Orillia. We understand things are always done differently in the GTA, but is this something that we might see with Trenton and Colborne waste disposal services? Hard to say, but there is definitely merit in this program.

Need More of It

This applies to residents and businesses who receive curbside collection from the city, and the city has stated it is going to enforce this to the best of its ability. Why is it so important? All about the percentage of recyclable waste that is actually ending up where it should be so that it can be recycled most effectively and with the lowest cost to taxpayers.

Estimates are that almost 36% of what goes in the garbage at the curb in Orillia could go in the recycling or compost. The idea with the clear bags is it will allow processors to make an effective visual assessment when handling the waste at a facility, and to a lesser extent it may coerce some residents into being better about their household waste management when it is put on display for neighbours. Some of whom may be more civic minded than others!

But here’s where the whole thing has some teeth; The City of Orillia said clear garbage bags containing more than 10% of recycling material and compost combined will not be collected. That means it stays on the curb for at least one more week unless the property owner chooses to bring it in, and either way the unpleasantness of having to do that should convince them to play along and separate their waste better before just taking it to the end of the driveway.

Best Choice for Eco-Interests

Orillia states that other municipalities that have adopted a clear garbage bag program are pleased to have seen up to 11% increases in diversion rates, and obviously this will mean very real and immediate ecological benefits for the communities in these areas.

Recycling that has become soiled – including pet waste in newspaper wrapping – can still be included in your trash and the city will also allow residents to place up to two small privacy bags within a clear garbage bag to prevent personal items from being exposed. What types of personal items might those be? You’re free to imagine.

But in the meantime if you need trash removal or job site clean up with dumpsters in Colborne or Trenton make sure you call Load n’ Lift first. Our mini-bin system can be placed in the most challenging locations and in spots where larger trucks won’t be able to access them as easily. We also have a 5% discount for seniors and military. This is waste pick up and disposal done right.

AI Now in Use with Waste Disposal Bins in France

If you’ve never been to France it likely means you’ve never been across the Atlantic at all, and that’s because Paris and all the other destinations there are known to be exceptional when it comes to culture and experiences. There are other great countries and cities in Europe, but we’re not travel experts and our expertise is in waste disposal for Colborne and Trenton here in Ontario. We do dumpster rentals here, but that doesn’t mean we don’t take an interest in international travel.

What we take more of an interest in is waste disposal technology and how we play a small part in a much bigger chain of how the things we ‘throw away’ are managed most effectively for our interest and ecological ones too. Which is why this news of waste disposal bins in the French city of Toulouse are now utilizing artificial intelligence to optimize collection resources and skip flows is the kind of stuff that piques our interest and that’s why we’ll make it our topic here for January?
AI in waste management? It’s happening!

Smart Since July 2020
Load & Lift is always best for dumpster rentals in Colborne and Trenton, but we’ll freely admit while our dumpsters are as durable and versatile as any they aren’t ‘smart’. However since the summer of 2020, 200 bins utilized by 13 waste disposal centres in Toulouse have been enabled with embedded artificial intelligence.

They have coined it as the ffly4u solution and what it has done is reduced fuel consumption, improved skip flows considerably and reduced overall costs related to waste management with trash disposal and recycling as a part of that.

What started with 1 bin and one waste management centre has grown 20x in size and added 13 more centres who wanted to get on board because they’ve seen how advances in waste management technology can make it so that they are able to do their jobs better and with less cost for the taxpayer eventually.

How Smart Dumpsters Work
Connected devices are attached to that give overseers real-time visibility for the bin’s filling rate, where it is located at and off the dock, as well as for waste disposal centre status and how / where it is in transit. Operational teams also have precise knowledge of the load / unload phase for each bin and calculating – among other metrics – how long it takes to get the bin off the ground and onto the truck or and how much idle time is involved in the entire process.

That’s just one example of many of how waste management centres now have the ability to have any eye on their operations like never before. This digitization optimizes the planning, filling and transport of skips and to date has been promoting a 5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) linked to waste transportation in that area of the country.

What is happening here is an ideal pairing of AI and machine learning, and these devices are also smartly engineered to be low energy consumption too. Each unit is estimated to have a working life of 4 to 6 years before it may have to be refurbished or replaced and this technology is also be earmarked for returnable transit packing and the aeronautics sector in France.

The ffly4u innovation relies on the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in a device with low energy consumption, that will run for four to six years. The solution, “Edge AI Low Power”, launched in 2018 by ffly4u, is also used to track assets in the cable/fiber, trailers, Returnable Transit Packaging and aeronautics sectors.

Measurable Improvements
This is as noteworthy as it because better waste management and recycling in Ontario is going to have the same needs; specifically that not only are the systems in place for better management and less waste ending up landfills, but that the ‘transit’ end of the equation is also scrutinized too and improvements are made so that it is improved in step with the actual processing of the materials.

We are keen to see this type of technology makes its way here to North America, and if it improves any aspect of our trash disposal service in Trenton and Colborne and we can get on board with making our operations more efficient too then that will be best.

Need to disposal bin rental for your job site in the area? You’ll find that Load n’ Lift is best for service, pricing, and convenience as well as the ability to have bins on site when you need them and gone on your timeline the same way. Last but not least, remember that we dispose of all waste collected entirely in line with Provincial regulations and we believe in being a responsible service provider in this way.

New Ontario Excess Soil Registry through Provincial RPRA


The Province of Ontario and its RPRA Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority has launched a new Excess Soil Registry to ensure that soil use in the province is managed more responsibly and also to ensure that contaminated soil is not dumped illegally. The second part of that is certainly where we can relate to the importance of it, as we’re waste removal pros in Trenton and Colborne and our dumpster rentals are often used for clean fill. If soil is contaminated it becomes a more restricted disposal process and we know how to work 100% within provincial guidelines for this type of disposal.

This new Excess Soil Registry is going to be a digital reporting service will aid with ensuring that the excess soil dug up each year during construction – more than 25 million cubic metres of it – is handled properly and excavation activities along with that in order to protect lands and their ground or surface water. Better avoidance of having illegally dumped contaminated soils is an aim too.

We have property restoration service providers we have worked with in the past who do jobs where, for example, an old heating oil tank has ruptured and the small amount of contaminated soil that needs to be disposed of can’t be handled in the same way as if it were just loose earth.

Plenty of Prep Time

The electronic registry is set to launch a month in advance of it being legally required to give the construction and soil management industries a full month to learn the system and file notices in advance of the new requirements so that it can be determined obligated parties are operating in compliance with the new regulations.

Provincial Ministry of Environment spokespeople are saying that this new Excess Soil Registry is a major step forward when it comes to protecting our environment while supporting Ontario’s construction industry at the same time. It has been oriented to allow overseers to track the re-use and disposal of excess soil with an eye to ensuring that clean soil is treated as an obviously valuable resource and regimenting that contaminated soil is disposed of properly.

The belief is it will reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill plus keep our environment more clean and healthy.

Clearer Communication Too

It is also expected that the new registry will promote easier finding of information about construction and excavation activities in their communities, plus better enable regulators to oversee the movement of excess soil throughout the province through a searchable database of notices. Resources for such are available on RPRA’s website to help users understand how to use the registry and they can also be contacted at registry@rpra.ca or toll free at 1-833-600-0530.

The RPRA has established the registry following their consultation with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and industry stakeholders, along with technology partners collaboration. The ministry’s responsibility here is in creating and implementing policies and programs related to excess soil plus arranging and rolling out compliance and enforcement activities under the Excess Soil Regulation.

In the bigger picture the RPRA oversees resource recovery programs around the collection of tires, electronics, batteries, household hazardous and special products, as well as the ubiquitous Ontario Blue Box program for consumer recyclables. RPRA is also responsible for building and maintaining digital reporting services for waste programs that are designed to past simple producer responsibility with how recycling friendly their products are.

Anyone who has waste disposal needs in the Trenton and Colborne areas of Ontario can have taken off their hands quickly and easily by getting in touch with us here and Load n’ Lift. We are best for disposal bin rentals here and we pick up the filled bins in the same timely manner as when we drop them off right on time and right when you need them. All waste material handled is disposed of in the best way as determined by Province of Ontario waste disposal and recycling guidelines. We understand the benefit of that in a big way, and we’re always stringent about this part of our work.

Better Sorter Technologies Really Improving Efficiency with C&D Recycling 


C&D stands for construction and demolition, and there is really no debating the fact that those are two of the types of jobs where the capacity to make waste is about as pronounced as it gets. Part of our waste disposal services for Trenton and Colborne areas of Ontario is providing disposal bin rentals to sites where older building are being demolished. It is a darn good thing that a greater focus is being put on recycling materials these days, and there is so much in the way of building materials that can be repurposed so long as they are recovered right.

We just take care of the dumpster rentals and trash disposal in Trenton and Colborne, but we do know that the Province of Ontario is always looking for ways to optimize their waste management efforts and better recycling alongside them. All across North America and Europe C&D recycling systems have been evolving slowly over the years. With so many different types of materials being generated from demoed buildings plus renovations and new construction starts we can definitely relate to what it takes for a sorting system to separate out valuable constituent materials and keeping certain ones out of landfill.

Big on Ballistic

Low speed shredders have been workhorses in this type of production chain for decades, and when steel Z-pan apron feeders were added to help provide a metered, more uniform flow to downstream equipment and workers it really added the efficiency of the whole recovery process for most types of materials. Another solid design change was to have low feed heights so that excavator operators could better see and control the material mix and flow going into the screen.

Rubber mat screens are newer choices too that works well for catching the ‘blowables’ that would be objectionable to landfills. But nothing is bigger on this front than the advances that have been made with ballistic separators and specifically with how bigger had been enabled to be better. Many civic waste management and recycling facilities in North America now use an extreme heavy-duty 14 x 20’ ballistic separator that is capable of reliable 3-way material separation.

developed a piece of front-end machinery to do just that—an extreme-duty, 14 foot by 20 foot ballistic separator. While its predecessor, the primary vibratory Finger Screen, strictly separated big from small, the ballistic separator allows for a three-way material separation.

How it Works

This type of ballistic separator has paddles that pass the small- to medium-size fraction through circular holes in them, and at the same time providing the two-dimensional stream (tarps, carpet, film plastic, cardboard – those types of materials) up and over the end, separating aggregates like wood and rigid plastics at the same time over the opposite end.

In a simpler way of understanding the benefit of this, it means far fewer manual sorters are needed at these types of facilities. Better and more reliable recovery is part of the appeal too, as valuable recyclables on the 3D conveyor can now be seen more readily and accessed for optimized recovery. 3D -sort line improvements in material recovery and recycling are also going to be important as robotic technology slowly starts to enter the picture over the no-too-distant future.

Higher Recovery Rates

These improved ballistic separator is going to improve material recovery rates exponentially with the way it typically follows a shredder and vibe pan feeder to help spread out the flow to the far reaches of its paddles. Application is different too, with a more uniform, regulated and stratified material flow, that makes for far higher recovery rates than would be possible on lines featuring older sorting mechanisms.

They are also better for negative sorting wood. Having the ballistic separator mechanically separating the large two-dimensional from the 3D stream means negative sorting of wood on the 3D sort line is very possible and not especially complicated. The only drawbacks? Sheer size and weight and higher capital cost that somewhat offsets the lower long-term operating costs.

Robotics definitely are the future here, and North American recyclers have found out that it will help to substantially improve the performance of human sorters and overall lines in the here and now in advance of that. The result is there is little doubt that we will see an increasing number of C&D systems utilizing robots to help out manual sorters in the coming years, with their utilization framed around working with new technological advancements already in place

Call Load n’ Lift first for your waste disposal in Trenton and Colborne needs and see to it that it gets done right the first time. We can have disposal bin rentals on site the same day much of the time and we always collect them and ensure that materials are disposed of in a responsible manner and in adherence to Ontario Province regulations related to waste and trash disposal, and we’re also able to do Ontario hazmat disposal too. Prompt and complete service is a priority here, and we aim to make it so that customers call us again when they have the same waste / trash disposal needs here in the future.

The Growing Appeal of PCR (Post Consumer Recycled) Resins

Part of the 21st century has been in the collective realization that we all need to do better with the 3 Rs – reducing, reusing, and recycling – in order for us to be better stewards of the Earth we live on. That sort of change has to start small and at the local level, but when it comes to better waste management it’s in recycling that there’s promising progress being made and in particular with how less material ends up as disposed waste.

Now this is all something that we can relate to here at Load n’ Lift being waste disposal bin rental providers in Trenton and Colborne ON. We wish had even half the smarts that the brain trusts behind emerging waste management technologies, and especially with those of them who have discussed ways to turn plastic waste into reusable resins that keep this plastic out of landfills or worse locations when it is disposed as trash.

The ramifications of this technology being developed and having it see widespread adoption around the world are very positive, and when you consider that in next-door neighbour America some 60 million plastic water bottle are thrown out each day it’s clear that a solution has been needed for a long time. PCR resins are helpful but what is really needed is a shift in the mindset of consumers that once you’re done with a plastic container you shouldn’t just toss it in the trash.

Admittedly we don’t do much sifting when we collect our dumpster rentals in Colborne and Trenton areas. But one thing you can be sure of is that all waste is disposed of responsibly according to Provincial regulations and fortunately the R of recycling is something that Ontario does much better nowadays as compared to earlier decades.

But enough about all that, what we’re going to do here is look at how PCR resins are made and all that they’ve got going for them.

Environmental Benefits of PCR Resins

Virgin post-consumer resins such as LDPE resin and polyethylene were processed from fossil fuels and turned into plastics for over a hundred years in Canada. When these PCR resins are reused and transformed into new products, that’s done without new fossil and that has hugely beneficial and exponential environmental implications for obvious reasons.

The US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) put out a report a few years back that recycled plastics account for way less environmental impact than their first-use counterparts. Other studies have indicated that recycled plastics contain over 25% less greenhouse and carbon gas emissions than virgin resins.

Individual consumers have much more in the way of means to choose products made or packaged in PCR resins these days, and by choosing to have more of them in the products you buy there’s the potential to make a higher impact on environmental conservation interests.

Price Comparisons

Virgin resin is that which is made from new constituents and ones that haven’t been put into making any type of product before. Previously post consumer resin has come with a higher cost than new virgin resins. For the most part this is because of the extensive cleaning, sorting, and processing required to recapture recycled resins.

But as the overall cost of petroleum-based raw materials goes up every year, the cost of PCR resins are projected to stay stable and not increase significantly. And if they were you can be sure that provincial governments would be willing to subsidize their use given how much waste management benefit there is in it for them.

Plus, when consumers recycle more plastic, supply and demand realities will keep PCR resins extremely attractive as compared to the costs for virgin resins.

Drawbacks to PCR Resin?

It is true that sometimes PCR resins will show occasional black flecks, grey/yellow tinting, or gels in the material. However, in many of the types of products where PCR resins will be used no one is going to be evaluating the appearance of them or whether they are flawless or not. Cosmetic interests are really of no bearing here.

The occasional cosmetic color variation or anything else is a minor issue that should be quickly looked past for the environmental benefits that come with using these more eco-friendly products. Plus corporations that use them and can make consumers aware of it stand to present themselves in an environmentally-friendly light and that is definitely big these days.

PCR Resins – Consumer Willing to Pay More?

There have been plenty of studies that suggest they will, and it is true that more people are taking the climate and environmental degradation crisis into account with their consumer habits. There are studies with estimates that 51% of Baby Boomers between the ages of 50 and 64 and 72% of Generation Z would be agreeable to paying more for products and services from companies committed who show their committed to operating in a manner that has less negative environmental impact.

Looking to rent a dumpster in Trenton or Colborne for waste management or jobsite waste pickup? Get it right with just one call to Load & Lift. We can have disposal bin rental on site the same day usually and then you take as much time as you like filling them up. Then we’ll return and take those full bins with us and dispose of all waste in a responsible manner as determined by Ontario municipal regulations and bylaws. We’re also able to dispose of hazardous waste service in this area too.

Building Design for Better Waste Management

An unfortunate but unavoidable reality of the modern lives people live is increased production of domestic waste. This can be managed at the individual household level somewhat effectively, but at the civic level it’s a real challenge for municipalities. Then there’s the amount of waste produced by home renovations and demolitions and the like that have more sheer volume to them than any single household could produce in a year or two.

As waste pickup and hauling providers in Trenton and Colborne areas of Ontario we are the ones who see the massive size of these hauls on site and then also see what they add to once they get to the dump or municipal works yard.

For a good 20+ years now municipalities have been doing fairly well with handling waste management on the macro scale, and in reality the area that needs the most improvement is with individuals and the buildings they’re either inhabiting or working in. If you need a Southern Ontario dumpster rental you’ll call us, but if you need to find smart and insightful ways to help folks manage their waste production then you’ll need experts who are way brighter than us in that regard.

They certainly exist, and in fact many of the best of these waste management professionals are here in Ontario. Architects and designers are effectively designing buildings for proper waste management. The design then influences the operational efficiency of the waste collection program, what it costs to service the program and the diversion rate.

Workplace Waste Production is Huge

The consensus with buildings is that waste issues stem from fit-ups and the base building design doesn’t factor in as much. Check out this statistic – it’s estimated that 70% of all garbage in Ontario is generated at work, and the blue box program only grabs about slightly more than half (51%) of all recyclable cans, glass and plastic bottles for both homes and workplaces. This then has to be paired with the fact that since 1978 about 75% of North America’s landfill sites have filled to capacity and then shut down because there’s no more room to fill them. This is true here too.

For more than 25 years the province has been stuck at a 25% diversion overall from residential and commercial waste generators – meaning what’s kept out of the landfill.

Consider as well that 30% of all waste in municipal landfills comes from packaging. Let’s look at the 1.5 billion coffee cups purchased every year that come with a polyethylene liner. The liner makes them a contaminant to the paper industry, so municipalities and private companies that own and manage buildings are absorbing the majority of the cost connected to collection and disposal of these lined paper cups.

Or how about the 140K tonnes of e-waste that ends up landfills every year. All of this adds up to a scenario that really can’t continue in the way it currently is.

Better Waste Management Goals

Goals for working more waste management value into building design include operational efficiency to meet the needs of the building, cost effectiveness, and safety to minimize risk and cleanliness. It’s going to be important to be flexible too as a way to adapt to inevitable future changes. Ideally we need to see stewardship programs and evolving stakeholder preferences.

Moving Garbage through a Building

It is standard to have a contracted cleaning company collecting garbage inside a building. Janitorial companies do the physical work of that but they are not adequately trained on the expectations of programs and goals and what kind of choices and methodologies will be in line with them.

Space is always the issue, and in particular problems stem from:

  • Space lacking on floors
  • Circulation corridors not being wide enough
  • Turning radius and doorways are often not wide enough or swing correctly
  • Fire codes mean recycling bins cannot be stored in corridors
  • Cleaners being expected to collect cardboard in elevator lobbies where space is insufficient

Rating systems pushing for energy reduction in buildings adds to the challenge too, because there’s the preference to move to daytime cleaning because of the way more lighting is required at night. But tenants don’t want to see people moving garbage around the office or in the lobby during the workday.

Storing Garbage

Space is also a huge factor in the mismanagement of waste in residential and office garbage rooms. There must be bins for cardboard, roll-out carts or something similar for recyclable paper, mixed containers, electronics, food waste, shredded paper, paper towels, batteries, toners and some space dedicated for items that don’t match what other receptacles are intended for. Storage facilities have to be designed to allow bins to be accessed. Waste and recycling should be separate, but isolated to prevent cross-contamination that may prevent items from being recycled when they otherwise would be.

Plus, remaining contents of a overflowing recycling bins often go in the garbage. Reduced storage capabilities mean more frequent collections and this means added costs and more reluctance to engage in these better waste management practices in Ontario. If they’d need a dumpster bin in Trenton and Colborne we can certainly take care of that, but most homes or businesses wouldn’t consider that for obvious reasons.

Role of Waste Management Vehicles

Front-end bins are most commonly used for garbage collection. Sufficient entrances and exit spaces are required for these type of front-end bin trucks, plus enough space to safely and easily maneuver inside and many times they are forced to access bins on the exterior of the building. Bins must be located at dock or ground level, and it is not often they are emptied inside because 20 -24’ of clearance is needed. Loading docks don’t make much of a difference with buildings designed to maximize the amount of leased space.

What we need is more roll-off compacters as they are the best option for large buildings with the ability to hold a lot of garbage. They are also effective from a cost and environmental perspective, with a compaction ratio of about 4:1. These are the types of vehicles we should hopefully see more of in major metro areas of Ontario.

One and all requiring waste pick up and disposal in Colborne or Trenton areas or dumpster delivery and pick up can call us at Load n’ Lift at their convenience. We can have dumpster bins on site and picked up once you’ve filled them up. Add the very best in pricing and service AND we do domestic or industrial site waste disposal right as per Ontario provincial regulations. At your service!

RFID Waste Bin Tags

Homeowners in any city in Canada are probably going to think their property taxes are too high, but when you think about all that you get for yours it’s really still a fairly good deal for anyone who owns a home. For starters you can imagine what life would be like without trash collection, and if you think that would be a hassle you’re right. Not to mention how stinky it could be too. There’s extremely hot weather all over Canada right now, and when the mercury climbs high you’re going to extremely thankful that your green garbage goes at the very least!

Waste bins are an integral part of that equation, and most homeowners will have ones provided for them by the municipality. Most people don’t ever produce enough trash of any sort to find their waste bins aren’t enough, but for those that do here and Load n Lift we are best for dumpster rentals in the Colborne and Trenton areas of Ontario, and as you might guess we don’t have much of a problem with these bins going missing.

They’re kind of large and heavy, and if anyone is capable of tossing one of them into the back of a pickup truck we’d love to see it.

All joking aside, most people don’t have their bins stolen but it does happen from time to time. What does happen more often and is more troubling maybe is when garbage doesn’t get picked up when it should be. Especially when it’s hot like it is these days, but one of the things that’s very interesting is the use of RFID technology for waste bin tracking.

Superior Tracking

Most people will associate the term RFID with the sleeves some people keep their credit cards in so they can’t be scanned while they’re unaware of it. RFID stands for radio-frequency identification, and the basic explanation for it is that it uses electromagnetic fields to auto identify and track tags attached to objects.

The reason RFID tags are being attached to municipal waste bins is because it allows city sanitation departments to determine what bins have been emptied, at what times, and in what locations. It works with GPS, another fantastic technology for anyone who has interests in fleet management. These city services should be working with maximum effectiveness and reliability for homeowners who want to get full value for those property taxes they’re paying.

Having RFID tags on them allows managers to monitor participation levels by route, street and individual homes. RFID technology also enables automated asset tracking and scanning of real-time service verification to determine collection and utilization trends related to these waste containers all through their working lives.

The benefits of RFID bin collection data on routes also lets managers monitor all sorts of different aspects of route operations, including progress on the route, missed stops, driver performance, vehicle condition and safety-related situations with real-time data that maximizes fleet productivity, safety and availability.

And yes, if bins start going missing they can be tracked via the tags too. Fortunately they don’t have the appeal shopping carts do, but that may change someday. RFID tags have a lot of beneficial applications for all sorts of industries, and waste disposal in Colborne and Trenton may be one of them too eventually.

Real Potential for Private Service Providers

Anywhere that’s not too far from Toronto and the ‘Big Smoke’ as it’s called is still going to be considered relatively urban. If you get into more of the reaches of the province it may be like certain areas of Canada where some municipal services are contracted out to private contractors. Waste collection is one of them often, and RFID tags for waste bins are going to have even more appeal in these scenarios when utilized by these private providers.

In addition to the same tracking and overseeing abilities, being able to fine tune the logistics of operations with the information gathered from the waste bin tags can be a strong part of convincing municipalities that they’re the provider for the job.

In the bigger picture one of the biggest benefits of RFID tags will be for recycling bins. Having more far-reaching information about the bins usage and collection trends will make for more effective and successful municipal recycling efforts and considering how many recyclables the average household produces in a year that’s really a huge plus.

And if RFID tags ever make sense for trash removal and dumpster bin rentals in Trenton and Colborne you can be sure we’ll get on board quite readily

Anyone needing waste pick up and disposal in Colborne or Trenton or dumpster delivery and pick up can get it right the first time by always calling Load n’ Lift. We can have dumpster bins on site and picked up once they’re full with the very best in pricing and service AND waste disposal done properly as per Ontario provincial regulations. Call us anytime!

Repurposing Waste: Arqlite Smart Gravel

You’ve probably heard of the 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – and it’s a darn good thing that more and more people and more and more communities are getting behind them for better environmentally-friendly practices. Here at Load n’ Lift we are waste disposal and disposal bin rentals for Trenton and Colborne pros and when you’re in the ‘biz’ it’s natural to start taking in an interest in trends like these.

Maybe we can add one more R to that trio – Repurpose. It’s great how may products are now being broken down into other products rather than ending up in a landfill. All-season sports fields and slip-resistant playground surfaces made from repurposed motor vehicle tires are one of the more well-known examples. Used tires would be a massive overload issue if there wasn’t ways to recycle and repurpose them.

But you know what’s the probably the number one overload issue on the planet? Discarded plastics, and so much so in fact that the Pacific garbage patch is a basically a floating state out there in the ocean and it’s really sad that something like that has happened. Plastics make up a LARGE part of the patch and sadly many of them are single-use beverage bottles.

We like to keep things positive with our blog, so instead of dwelling on that let’s look at a way that plastics are being repurposed as part of better waste management and recycling.

Good Gravel

Gravel isn’t just used as an alternative to paving for driveways and the like. It’s also used to create drainage for buildings and there’s other uses too. Arqlite Gravel is really cool stuff, and it’s not made from fragmented rock at all. It’s made from plastic, and it has a lot of functional advantages that make it an even better choice for any application where conventional gravel is currently being used.

Nothing at all to do with waste disposal services for Colborne and Trenton residents, but this stuff is really impressive and having eco gravel is a sure lot better than having plastic waste floating in the middle of the ocean. This gravel is proven long lasting and safe for the environment and has already been utilized by the civil engineering industry, concrete mix companies, precast manufacturers, landscapers and even by hydroponic growers who find it excellent for nutriculture applications.

Here’s the best part – One ton of Arqlite Smart Gravel is 1 tonne of plastics deviated from the environment. Plus this recycled plastic gravel doesn’t discard any water or other pollutants during the manufacturing process and it also reduces transport contamination and can be used for better insulation in buildings to reduce the carbon footprint caused by AC and heating.

Come on Canada!

This technology is only widely used in the USA and in Argentina at this time, but hopefully civic municipalities in Canada also get on board with this material repurposing example to join the eco wave that’s building as people learn that we need to live more sustainably. So come on Canada, let’s start turning plastic waste into eco gravel too!

Another promising development is that we’re seeing more and more companies participate plastics offsets programs to neutralize their impact more. These guys actually have an equation for going plastic neutral, and you can find it at their website linked to above.

Call us here at Load n’ Lift first if you need jobsite trash collection here in Colborne or Trenton, and we can deliver dumpster rentals on site the same day. You fill them and then we pick them up and dispose of the waste properly every time. No job is too big and we always put a priority of every customer’s full satisfaction with our waste disposal service and dumpster bin rentals Ontario.