Energy efficient lighting can save your business money

Midwest Environmental Services understands that if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an energy efficient bulb, we would save enough energy to light 2 million homes for a year and prevent roughly 6 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere which is why Midwest Environmental Services is prepared to do its part to help.

When replacing your old florescent lamps with more energy efficient lighting, be aware that those old lamps should not be thrown into the trash or treated like solid waste due to their Mercury hazard. In our effort to Go Green, Midwest Environmental Services has developed a Universal Waste Recycling Program to safely and efficiently manage those environmentally harmful items, including light ballasts and light fixtures.

To learn more contact a Midwest Environmental Services representative at 513-681-9990.

Exit signs may contain radioactive materials

Exit signs that glow in the dark often contain a radioactive gas called tritium. These signs do not require electricity or batteries and can be used where it is hard to install electrical signs. There are a couple of ways to know whether an exit sign contains tritium. When the lights are off, tritium will make the word EXIT glow green or red. Also, the sign should have a permanent warning label that mentions tritium – radioactive material.

These signs pose little or no threat to public health or safety but proper disposal is required because a damaged sign could contaminate the immediate area and result in expensive cleanup cost.
Midwest Environmental Services can provide safe and secure disposal to those unwanted or end of life signs to meet the complex regulatory requirements. Midwest Environmental Services, with our extensive network of outlets, has the knowledge and resources for proper disposal.

Please contact Midwest Environmental Services at 513-681-9990 to learn more about exit sign management.

It is important to recycle E-Waste

The use of electronic goods has grown considerably over the past decades, changing the way and speed in which we communicate and how we get information and entertainment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, estimates 30 to 40 million surplus PCs will be ready for end-of-life management in each of the next few years. The U.S. National Safety Council estimates that 75% of all personal computers ever sold are now surplus electronics. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Americans now own approximately 24 electronic products per household such as:

  • computers
  • monitors
  • fax machines and copiers
  • television sets
  • stereo/audio equipment
  • cell phones
  • game consoles
  • electronics from industrial sources

Recycling electronics prevents valuable materials from becoming a solid waste, discarded and potentially a hazardous waste. Consumers now have many options to recycle or donate for reuse their used electronics. Midwest Environmental Services, Inc. can provide recycling services of any E-Waste (i.e., computer, TV, copier, printer, cell phone, etc.). About half of the states currently have laws on disposal and recycling of electronics and several other states are considering passing similar laws.

Midwest Environmental Services understands that E-Waste often has hazardous components that can impact the environment once the materials end up in a landfill or if they are improperly managed and disposed. A typical computer monitor may contain more than 6% lead by weight, much of which is in the lead glass of the cathode ray tube (CRT). A typical 15-inch computer monitor may contain 1.5 pounds of lead, but other monitors have been estimated as having up to 8 pounds of lead. Below is a list of some of the hazards associated with E-Waste and where they may be found:

  • Antimony trioxide – a flame retardant, added to cathode ray tube monitor (CRT) glass, found in printed circuit boards and cables
  • Arsenic – in older cathode ray tubes and in light emitting diodes
  • Barium – in the CRT
  • Beryllium – often allied with copper to improve copper’s strength, conductivity and elasticity. Old motherboards, contact springs found in printed circuit boards, relays, and in the mirror mechanism of laser printers. In power supply boxes which contain silicon controlled rectifiers and x-ray lenses
  • Cadmium – circuit boards and semiconductors, rechargeable NiCad-batteries, fluorescent layer (CRT screens), printer inks and toners, photocopying-machines (printer drums)
  • Chromium – in steel as corrosion protection, Data tapes, floppy-disks, circuit boards, photocopying-machines (printer drums)
  • Lead – cathode ray tubes, solder, batteries, printed wiring boards (circuit boards), solder on components
  • Lithium – batteries
  • Mercury – switches (mercury wetted) and housing, fluorescent lamps providing backlighting in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) for monitors and laptops, batteries, printed circuit boards
  • Nickel – batteries, electron gun in CRT , printed circuit boards

Midwest Environmental Services, Inc. can assist with your E-Waste recycling needs to help do our part to recover more than 100 million pounds of materials from the recycling of electronics each year. Thus, reducing the amount of pollution that would of be generated from manufacturing a new product and energy used in new product manufacturing.

If you have any questions regarding the recycle of E-Waste, please contact Midwest Environmental Services, Inc. at 513-681-9990.

Managing Used Oil is a Regulated Activity

Midwest Environmental Services knows that the definition of used oil, according the EPA, is any oil that has been refined from crude or any synthetic oil that has been used and as a result of such use is contaminated by physical or chemical impurities.  This definition is based on three criteria which must be met.

Origin:  The oil must have been refined from crude oil or made from synthetic materials.

Use:  Oils used as lubricants, hydraulic fluids, buoyants, and similar purposes.

Contaminants:  Oils that have become contaminated by introducing physical or chemical agents.

Midwest Environmental Services understands that once oil has become used, it can be collected, recycled, and used over and over again.  Midwest Environmental Services reports that an estimated 380 million gallons of used oil is recycled each year.  Used oils can be recycled by reconditioning on site for prolonged use, being inserted into a petroleum refinery for gasoline production, burning for energy recovery by removing the water and particulates, and re-refining by removing all impurities to make the oil the same product it was when it started out.

The following are different types of businesses that handle used oil.

Generators: Businesses that handle used oil through commercial or industrial operations or from the maintenance of vehicles or equipment.  Generators are the largest segment of the used oil industry.

Collection centers: Facilities that accept small amounts of used oil until enough is collected to ship for  recycling.

Transporters: Companies that pick up used oil and deliver it to various facilities.

Re-refiners and processors: Facilities that blend or remove impurities from used oil so that it can be burned for energy recovery or reused. The EPA’s management standards primarily focus on this group of used oil handlers.

Burners: Plants that burn used oil for energy recovery in boilers, industrial furnaces, or in hazardous waste incinerators.

Marketers: Handlers that direct shipments of used oil to be burned as fuel in regulated devices, or claim that certain EPA specifications are met to be burned in devices that are not regulated.

Midwest Environmental Services currently operates two Oil Processing Facilities that recycle numerous types of used oil.  The recycled oil meets all Used Oil Management Regulations.  Please feel free to contact Midwest Environmental Services at 513-681-9990 for any questions you have about your used oil needs.

Midwest Environmental Services Has a New Facility

DID YOU KNOW, Midwest Environmental Services opened its newest facility in November 2013.

This site is located in Hamilton, Ohio and consists of 50,000 square feet of warehouse, production and office space situated on more than 5 acres of land. This state of the art facility provides a multitude of environmental management services and extends our service range for Emergency Response. Our Midwest Environmental Services Hamilton location sits in close proximity to several major highways including interstate 75 which supports the majority of services for our Southwest Ohio operations as well as Kentucky and Indiana. This facility serves as our recycling center for batteries, light bulbs, computers and electronic waste as well as off-specification products and by-products. This centrally located site also allows us to quickly respond to spills and other customer emergency requirements in an expedient manner. In addition to Emergency Response and materials recycling this facility also serves as a service center for the following:

  • Industrial Cleaning KieslandExtFrnt1023C
  • Lab Pack Services
  • Transportation
  • Wastewater
  • Consulting Services
  • Tank Cleaning and Decon
  • Site Remediation and Clean-up
  • Non Hazardous Liquids and Solids
  • Water Blasting and Pressure Washing

Please contact your Midwest Environmental Services Sales Representative or Customer Service at 513-681-9990 if you would like additional information on the site or to schedule a site visit.